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Hi I'm Gene Powell

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've worked for large companies primary in new consumer products. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and getting an MBA degree, my wife and I lived in New York for a few years before returning to the Bay Area. I have worked primarily in Marketing/Marketing Research for consumer products, often focusing on new products. I retired early after being transferred to Southern California where my wife and I continue to live during the winter. When all of our children moved to Colorado, we decided to join them in order to be closer to our family which includes 15 grandchildren. I've taught college courses, been active in Marketing associations, and liked playing tennis util my bad knee said "no mas". My wife and I love to travel and we've been to many parts of the world, including spending time in the summers when our oldest son and his family were living in Paris.

Why I am a Mormon

It was in High School that I first came to realize the truthfulness of the Church. One summer I worked with a young man who was going off to college to become a minister. We would spend our lunch time talking about Christianity. This caused me to more seriously study Mormonism and pray sincerely regarding the restoration of the Church. The spirit told me that it was true and from that time on my testimony has continued to grow. During college, I became friends with an individual who was suffering with Leukemia. Upon his death, I once again prayed privately and vocally for a confirmation of the teachings of the Church regarding God's plan of Salvation. I can still feel the intensity of the answer that I received. There have been many times since then that I have felt that same spirit testify to me of the truth of Jesus Christ and the restoration of his Church. My involvement with the Church has brought great joy and has allowed my wife and I to be a "together forever" family with our children and grandchildren. I know that everyone can experience that same spirit of testimony if they are humble and if they study and pray sincerely. I hope that you will feel that same spirit of truthfulness that I have felt.

How I live my faith

I try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I do this in several ways. I am fully involved in voluntary "callings" within the Church. I have served in our youth organization working in a variety of positions, including scouting, teaching on Sundays, and in leadership positions. I have always been diligent in visiting members of the Church as a "home teacher" by visiting a given number of families at least monthly. I have held about every position possible with the Church at a local level and have always felt uplifted by serving others. I have always tried to volunteer in outside organizations, including the American Cancer Society (before I actually had cancer) and the American Red Cross. I have also tutored English as a Second Language to those new to the United States. Finally, I have served two two-year full-time, volunteer "missions" for the Church. The first was as a young man to England and the second was with my wife to Hawaii where we worked with Polynesian and Asian youth and adults. My wife and I will begin serving another mission in September 2013 to England to the same area where I served as a young man. We'll be working with young, single adults.