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Hi I'm Geoff

I'm a corporate attorney. I have been married for 31 years to the most wondeful woman. I have three sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of five in Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. My father emigrated from England to earn a Master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. There he met my mother who is a Mormon. They married and when I was four years old my father coverted to Mormonism. I attended Brigham Young University. While there, I decided to serve a mission for the Church. I served in France and Belgium. Upon my return, I majored in French and met and married my wife. I went on to law school at the University of Virginia. Our first son was born in the summer between my second and third years. We went on to have two more sons and moved around the country. I started my career in private practice in Dallas, Texas. From there we went to Santa Barbara, California; Los Angeles, California, Denver, Colorado, Portland, Oregon and then back to Colorado. I'm currently Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for a large, well-known company. Our oldest son served a mission in Guatemala, married and graduated from BYU with a master's degree in accounting. He and his wife and their three year old daughter currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our second son attended the University of Oregon. He then served a mission in Hungary. He married and graduated from BYU with a degree in French. He currently works as a chef and he and his wife are expecting a baby girl. Our youngest son attended BYU and is currently serving a mission in Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have had spiritual experiences that have confirmed to me that God lives, Jesus Christ is His Son and that they restored their Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith. These experiences have come to me through the Holy Spirit. I have felt the Spirit in many different ways. Mostly it comes to me as a warm feeling in my breast confirming truth. At times it comes to me as revelation in my mind. Other times I receive inspiration as to what to do or when and how to help others. I do not have the answers to all spiritual questions or explanations for all of the events surrounding the restoration of the Church in the 1800's. I believe I have had spiritual answers to many questions. I know that the Book of Mormon comes from God and because of that I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I believe there will always be a "leap of faith." I believe that God intends it to be that way so that we will be tested to see if we will make that leap. The more I learn and the more I experience, the smaller that leap becomes but I believe it will always be there. I believe that anyone who will sincerely inquire of God and will put his ways to the test will receive answers enough to confirm their faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith quietly and steadily. I do not try to impose it on others. I try to be a good example. I currently serve as a Bishop in the Church. Together with two counselors and a host of lay leaders, I preside over a congregation. I have responsibility to assist with their spiritual and temporal well being. I oversee administration of welfare assistance to those in need. I have always served in whatever capacity I have been asked because I believe I have a responsibility to serve my Heavenly Father and his children. I believe in tolerance and acceptance of all people. I know that each of God's children is unique and has their own unique talents and trials. I know that God loves and accepts each of us. I do not believe that there is a mold he wants us to conform to but I do strongly believe that there is a pattern he wants each of his children to follow. I believe that pattern is laid out in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the Church and modern day prophets. I believe that pattern provides us with the best chance for happiness in this life and the ability to return and live with God. I believe that all that is wrong in this life will be made right through the atonement of Christ. I believe that all God's children will be happy in the next life. I believe that those of his children who follow his Gospel, join his Church and receive the ordinances of salvation, will achieve the highest level of eternal relationships, will enjoy the presence of God and will be able to live in eternal family relationships.