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Hi I'm Gene

I grew up in the suberbs of Seattle, a place called White Center. I have 4 children and 4 grand children.

About Me

I am a father of 4, 2 boys and 2 girls. They are all out of the house and having families of their own. I have 4 grandchildren and my wife and I have been married for 36 year. I have been involved in numerous activities, scouting, coaching baseball, watching my daughters play sports and play instruments. My family is the most important thing to me. My wife is my best freind. We grew up in the same area and our families have always been close, although we were not high school sweethearts by any means. She is my biggest fan from the time she cheered me on as I played numerous softball games to helping me go from warehouse worker to VP of Operations, she has always cheered for me. I have worked in many different jobs: in numerous restaurant jobs from janitor to manager, as steel worker, in a machine shop as a painter, as a carpenter, in a coal mine, and in all operations functions including warehousing and transportation. These jobs have taken me to Salt Lake City, Utah; Huntington, Utah; Boise, Idaho and Jackson, Mississippi. Through these experiences I have grown to know a wide variety of people and worked side by side with them and have appreciated all of these experiences. We are currently back in the Seattle area. We work hard so that we can go and play with our children and our grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon. Being raised in the church I grew up learning about Jesus and his teachings. Going to Primary every week and watching my parents help people in lots of different ways made me want to be like them. It wasn't like we didn't have troubles as we were growing up. My Dad often worked 2 jobs and my Mom took on a job when my brothers served there missions for the church, but we always had what we needed. One thing I have learned that sometimes we need to fix our "wanter", we don't always need what we want. I grew up doing the normal things like playing sports and doing scouting, my dad was a great scouter. When it came time to go on a mission, age 19 for most, I was confused about what I wanted to do in life so I did not serve a mission. I went to BYU for a semester, snow skied for a semester that was fun and then came home to go to work. I had known my wife for about 13 years and decided that we should go out on a date one day. Well the rest is history and we have been married for 36 years. We were married in the Logan Utah Temple. In my life I have had two or three life changing experiences that I know Heavenly Father has given me to bring me back to his light. I have not lead a perfect life and I have grown to know the power of the Atonement personally and that Jesus died for our sins so that if we humble ourselves we will be forgiven and that our Heavenly Father loves us and is merciful and he wants us to come home to us just as we want our children to come home. A few years ago I was ill. The decease I have is called ITP, they don't know what causes it or what cures it, I am currently in remission after 3 applications of chemotherapy. During this time I had many opportunities to reflect on my testimony and know that I am here through the power of the priesthood. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers and loves me, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Holy Ghost testifies of these truths.

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon. I try to obey all of God's commandments. I find that it brings peace in my life. When I live the first and greatest commandment, "love one another as I have loved you", I know that I am doing the right things. Being honest, helping others, making life better for everyone and providing a good example for my children and grandchildren is important to me. Currently I am serving as a Stake High Councilor. I have responsibilities for a ward and I also help with the Employment Office. At the Employment Office we help everyone that comes to us and try to help then find jobs, write resumes and encourage them anyway that we can. We have been successful in putting people in touch with those that do the hiring and also helping people stay positive in such hard times to find jobs. I am also assigned families to "Home Teach". We go and visit our families at least once a month and call them often to make sure that they are doing well and to ask them if there is anything that we can do for them. I am very close with my families and love their children as if they were my own. Mostly I want to live my life in a way that people know that I am trying to be like Jesus. What I mean by that is that I want to be kind and loving and not judgmental. When I talk to people I want them to be able to say that he is a good person and they feel loved.