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Hi I'm Greg Messel

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of the church since I joined in July of 1967 while I was in high school. All of these years I have been the only member in my family. However, I was led to the church by my high school girlfriend who was a Mormon. She is now my wife. We have been married since 1970. We have three children who are adults now and were all married in the Salt Lake Temple. We have ten grandchildren. It is hard to imagine what my life would have been like had I not joined the church when I was 17.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first heard the Joseph Smith story it had a profound impact on me. I did not like organized religion. My family had ties to a Protestant church but I didn't like it. The people were very nice I could not relate to their concept of God. When I was high school I also visited my friend's church and participated in their youth programs. I was drawn to the people in the Episcopalian Church and the Catholic Church. They were also so kind and loving. They did so many good things to help others. However, again I could not understand their concept of God or the meaning of life. When I first heard the story about a young boy who went into the woods to pray, it seemed he was asking some of the same questions I had. I was told that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him he should join none of the churches. There was the need for a restoration. It all made perfect sense to me. It had a familiar ring to it. I felt like I was coming home to a home that I had never known. It all made sense to me. God was speaking to man in my day. We certainly needed to hear from Him. There are more people on earth than there have ever been. It is critical that God is not an absentee or disinterested God. I gained a testimony that He is not but that He is intimately involved in the details of my life. I also believe with all of my heart the nature of the Godhead. There are three distinct beings. It was so important to me to understand to whom and what I prayed. I know now that God listens to my prayers and answers them. I know that the story of Joseph Smith going into the woods to pray and being visited by the Father and the Son is a true story. That really happened. That makes a profound difference in our world today.

How I live my faith

I have now spent over 40 years serving in various callings in the church. I have taught youth classes, I've gone on campouts with Boy Scouts and I've publicly spoke many, many times in church meetings. Currently, I am a counselor to the bishop in my ward. I also have five families that I home teach, meaning it is my responsibility to look out for them and minister to them. Additionally we are always looking for ways to serve others. There are so many in need. I have found over the years that I am way, way out of my comfort zone for all of the opportunities for service in the church. However, it is never a burden because I feel I cannot do enough to show my gratitude for the restoration of the Gospel and the blessing it has been in my life.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Greg Messel
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. However,he was a sincere and diligent person who did the best he could to respond to the call that came to him to become a Prophet. There have probably been few people who were as unjustly accused or who had their civil rights violated as much as Joseph Smith. We worship God our Eternal Father and the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was an instrument in the hands of God. However, the true leader of the church is Jesus Christ. This is literally The Church of Jesus Christ that has been restored. Through Joseph Smith the authority was restored from Jesus Christ to act in his behalf. We pray to our Heavenly Father and we can be redeemed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is our conviction that we are loved and watched over by our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less