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Hi I'm Glenn

I'm a convert, I'm a pianist, I'm a Californian, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oakland, California in a loving Baptist home. My parents saw to my Christian education by not only taking me to church three times a week, but also enrolling me in Christian schools and providing me with a Christ-centered curriculum. I began playing piano for my church when I was twelve years old. The lessons I learned from the Bible, especially those about Jesus, gave me hope for eternal life in Heaven some day. When, at age 14, my dad became sick with inoperable lung cancer which quickly spread to his brain, it was a time of sadness; but I knew because of my faith, that I would see him again some day. One of my happiest days was when I graduated high school: my father had never graduated, and pushed me hard to always do my best. I knew he was there with me that day celebrating with me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eighteen years old, I wasn't looking for any answers outside of the religious community I came from. Chatting online one night, in a "Religion Forum" chat room, I saw the profile of a man from Utah who was in the room but really wasn't commenting at all. I knew that I had to witness to him about the error of his beliefs and the fallacy of the doctrine in which he had put his faith. After a rather lengthy chat, with him gently correcting many of the errors I had about Mormons, he offered to send me something in the mail. I can't imagine, now, why I ever would have given my address to a complete stranger online, but I did. A couple of days later, in my mail, I received a copy of the Book of Mormon. I read it from cover to cover in about two weeks; not because I was convinced of its truth or divinity, but because I wanted to prove it wrong. At the end, when reading Moroni 10:3-5, I said a quick, irreverent prayer asking the Lord if the book were true. The answer I got was unmistakable and overwhelming. Indeed, the book which I was holding was inspired Scripture, which meant that everything I'd known my whole life was now in question. I frantically called my friend who had kindly left his phone number in the cover of the book, and asked him what I should do. He directed me to the white pages to look for the number of the Mission Office in my area. After calling the missionaries, and after a couple of days of them failing to arrive at my house, I drove to their office. When asked by the missionary behind the desk my purpose, I told him I needed to be baptized as soon as possible. When going through the discussions with the Elders, I realized that we really already had a lot in common; mostly centering around faith in Jesus Christ. I was so zealous in receiving the discussions that we had all 6 in about two and a half hours. I was baptized two days later. I've never looked back -- because it's true.

How I live my faith

I've never been an eloquent individual; speaking publicly about my faith or saying prayers in front of others doesn't come easy to me. My form of worship has always been in music, which has played a vital role in my life to help me express how I feel about the Lord. Three days after I was baptized into the Church, I had a meeting with my Bishop (like a pastor). He told me that now that I was a member of Christ's Church, they wanted me to participate in the life of the church by playing the organ for their worship services each Sunday morning. I laughed when he suggested this. "I don't know how to play the organ, just the piano," I protested. He reached across his desk and handed me a key to the chapel and a hymnal and said, "Here's what you need to practice. I look forward to hearing you on Sunday." That first Sunday, I was terrified. Not only was I unfamiliar with Latter-day Saint hymns, but I was playing an instrument which, although it looks superficially like a piano, is quite different to play. I can't remember how well or poorly I did that first Sunday, but I know I made it through, with many positive, uplifting comments from members of the congregation, who apparently had gone without accompanied music for several months before I arrived. Through the years, even though I have been in several different congregations and served many other functions, somehow, I've always managed to be involved in music in the Church. When I play the hymns and think about the words and feel the music flowing out of me, it's the deepest form of worship I have. It's the one thing where I can give my best and my dearest back to the Lord. I feel so blessed to be able to participate in that way, and, at the same time, to help others draw nearer to the Savior through song.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Glenn
The Temple is the most holy, sacred place on this earth. In it, we make covenants with the Lord concerning our relationship with Him and our fellow men. We are taught about the Plan of Salvation and how we can return once more to live with God after we die. In it, families may be united in ties that continue beyond the veil of death. While many have a hope that we will see our loved ones again when we die, in the Temple, we are given the sure knowledge that we will be with our families for all eternity. Show more Show less