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Hi I'm Gene

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life been blessed with three wonderful children, seven glorious grandchildren, a most wonderful wife and a spoiled pitbull dog. My life is full of happiness. Throw in senior softball twice a week and you can see that I have definitely been given much. But all was not the case earlier in my life. I struggled with college, deadend jobs, unhappiness and uncertainty. I was like the ship at sea without a rudder. The Marine Corps gave me confidence and discipline. Marriage and children gave me responsibility and an apprenticeship in mechanics gave me a solid work ethic. Later I was able to fulfill my dream and start my own business. After 18 plus years I retired the business and am looking forward to attaining other long held dreams. I don't believe growing old should keep me from experiencing life as God intended. I enjoy life more now that I know my purpose here. I love college football, and slow pitch softball. I read mystery books, and study gospel scholarship works. I enjoy the outdoors and southwestern and meso-american archaeology. Hiking, fishing, camping, photography, live theatre and naps are some of my favorites also.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that religion must convincingly answer the three big questions; where did I come from?, why am I here?, and where do I go after this life? If I am a child of God, and I'm created in his image, why would he want less for me than that which he has? I did not grow up in the Church, rather my mom sent me to whichever church was closest to our home therefore I incountered various ideologies of God and man's relationship to Him. I did not believe God was a spirit that floated mist-like around the earth, nor did I believe that those people who never heard of God's plan were doomed to a fiery hell. When the LDS missionaries taught the lessons to me I knew that what they said made sense. I knew that God truely has a plan for his children and, as any loving parent does, he wants us to return to his presence as that is his glory. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and the spirit of that book confirms its truthfulness. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and Joseph Smith is a latterday prophet just as Moses and others in the Old Testiment. Prayerfully read it, let the spirit of this great work fill you with peace and hope and may you find the joy that God has in store for you.

How I live my faith

I have had more than a few callings in my 45 years in the Church. I know that service to others brings me the most joy. When we are in service to our fellow man we are also in service to our God. The happiness and peace received therein is above measure. To me faith is putting belief into action.