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Hi I'm George Southard

I grew up in Palmdale, California and joined the Church when I was 15 years old. I am married to Kathleen Porter.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for almost 40 years now. We have been blessed with 8 children and 18 grand children. My job requires me to travel extensivley; now that our children are all grown my wife has the opportunity to travel with me often. Much of our travel takes us to Europe, but we have also traveled to many other great places around the world. The best experiences we have had while traveling have involved meeting and getting to know people in their own lands. Often we attend Church in the places we are visiting, sometimes we understand the language and sometimes we don't. But never has the lack of language skills kept us from having great and enriching experiences with the people around us. We always seem to get along just fine. One of the ice breakers is a photo of our whole family. It seems to touch people's heart when they see a family of people all smiling. I have served in many voluteer positions within the Church. Although these can be challenging experiences, I always find great satisfaction in trying hard to learn new skills and in helping better the lives of friends and neighbors. I love to cook for the family because sharing a meal is always a way to gather people together in an atmosphere of joy. Everyone loves to eat good food and share it with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 15 years old. My best high school friend invited me to join his church boys fast pitch softball team. But in order to play I had to attend some of the church's meetings with him. So he asked me to meet with the Church's Boy Scout troop. His father was the scout master and I knew several of the other boys in the troop. I enjoyed being included with this group of boys playing sports and going camping. But in the process I also began to learn a little about the Church. It felt comfortable and somehow natural being part of this group. My friend and I lived about 20 miles from our high school, I rode the school bus but my friend's parents always took him to school. He invited me to ride with him, but the only catch was that I would have to leave home a little earlier than normal. I really disliked the school bus ride so I agreed to his invitation I planned to just go to the school early and just do homework, but I when we arrived at the school i found it was still locked up. My friend explained that he and the rest of the high school aged kids from the Church wen to an early morning meeting called Seminary each day before school. The church was just accross the road from the school, so I joined them in the seminary class. They were studing the Old Testament, and I became very interested in learning as much as I could. The next year I continued to attend the semany classes and studied the New Testament with my friends. The feelings of faith and understnading began to grow until I felt a real desire to join the church formally. My friend explained that there were young missionaries in the church who could teach me and arrnage for my baptism. I the middle of my sophomore year at high school I joined the Church, and as the poet Robert Frost wrote, 'that has made all the difference'.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church I have learned the value of making healthy decisions and sticking to them. The Church's emphasis on clean moral living, development of a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, daily prayer and faithful adherenece to family commitments all lead to a peacful enjoyable life. I love to share my feelings about the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the way I live, the way I speak and the way I work.