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Hi I'm Geoff

I grew up in Kansas. I play guitar and I love the Blues. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 42, a family man with two young children, married almost 10 years. I struggle to keep my grass green and my shrubbery alive. I'm a recovering cynic who's relearning U.S. history and the importance of the Founding Fathers. My greatest joy is watching my children grow up and doing my best to teach them the Gospel and to (hopefully) avoid the mistakes I've made.

Why I am a Mormon

From the moment I read the title page of The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, I knew it was all true, but I had a big decision to make. I was living a life I thought was as good as it could get. Plenty of money, a great job, I had finally found a woman I wanted to start a family with. I was happy. I didn't believe in organized religion. I most definitely was not a "joiner". But, I was not living a lifestyle that was compatible with the Gospel and I knew it. The question was, did I want to give that lifestyle up? Could I give up the "freedom" to live how I wanted, to do whatever, wherever, and however? I had so many things about myself to change, would I be the same person? Could I break the bad habits I had cultivated over the years? During the time I was wrestling with my decision to join the Church, missionaries from another church had invited my friend to church and he told them he would go even though he didn't want to, so he asked me to go - strength in numbers, I guess. Well, would you believe that the sermon was so good - it was about almost being converted to Christ - that I decided to commit to joining the Church? The look on those missionaries' faces when I thanked them and told them I had decided that day to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was priceless! We agreed to disagree about the wisdom of my decision and we enjoyed a lunch together. Since that time, I have been continually blessed by the Lord and have never doubted my choice. And while it has rarely been easy, it's always been worth it. I have been blessed with fatherhood, stable employment, and after 9 years, have had the privilege of baptizing the friend who made me go to church with him that fateful Sunday. Along with marrying my wife, joining the church is the by far the best choice I have ever made. I am eternally grateful to the Lord for allowing me the opportunity to choose the right.

How I live my faith

I try to be a steward of my community by being a good friend and neighbor. I strive to be a good example and a positive influence on everyone I interact with. Currently, I serve as a ward missionary, a calling which is stretching me and teaching me how to share the Gospel in more effective ways. I have been a Boy Scout leader and have taught 5 year-olds. I have learned to enjoy hometeaching and getting to know new people. The beauty of the Gospel is that it is complete and provides an organization which provides for the spiritual and temporal well being of all its members. The Lord wants none of his flock left out of the fold.