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Hi I'm Gordon

I'm a civil engineer, I love to run long distances, I'm a husband, father, grandfather, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The thing I love most about being a civil engineer is that I can think of something, plan it, design it, and then see it constructed. I am constantly challenged with new problems to solve and things to create. As a result I grow and improve myself and have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of the public. I love my job! I like to run. In my teen years and twenties I used to run just for the fun of it. I stopped running for decades. At 47 I decided to run a marathon even though I had never run more than 5 miles without stopping. Over the last nine years I have rediscovered my love for running. I have run nine marathons since I started to run again. I hope to continue as long as my body holds out. I just ran the Boston Marathon! Thanks to the support and encouragement of my greatest fan, my wife Teresa, I could not have done that. My wife is the love of my life. We have been married for over 30 years. I would marry her again in a heartbeat. We are planning on this marriage lasting a LONG time. We have raised four children and are now empty nesters. Another thing I love about this phase of our lives is our three grandchildren. I love being called “granddaddy!”

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home. I just went along with things because that is what my parents and older brothers and sisters did. As a teenager I began to question everything, even the existence of God. At one point I noticed that several of my friends had since of peace and happiness that I wanted. They had it and it was painfully obvious that I did not. I began to follow their example by praying and reading the scriptures and actually paying attention at my Mormon church congregation. God answered the prayers of a young high school student! I found out that God loves me and knows me on a personal level. I found real joy and happiness, whereas before I had despair. These experiences changed my life for the better. Throughout my life I have continued to pray and read Holy Scriptures, including the Book of Mormon. The miracle is that my faith is still growing along with my love for God, Jesus Christ, and my fellowman. I believe I found what my high school friends had.

How I live my faith

My faith enhances every aspect of my life. It has taught me to be a loving husband and father. I learned my work ethic from my parents and my religion, which is an important factor in the success I experience at work. It gives me hope. I also feel that through prayer, I can get inspiration from God to help me as a father, husband and engineer. Prayer is an important part of my daily routine. It may sound funny, but I even talk to God on my long distance runs and have felt very close to God while I run.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

I believe there is life after death! In our mortal life, we have a physical body, and within us is our spirit self, or our spirit body. Everyone will die and so our physical body is buried and decays, but our spirit body continues on after death in a spirit existence. The problem is that without a physical body, we could not return to God’s presence. Jesus Christ overcame the obstacle of physical death for us. When He died on the cross, His spirit became separated from His body. On the third day, His spirit and His body were reunited eternally, never to be separated again. He appeared to many people, showing them that He had an immortal body of flesh and bone. The reuniting of body and spirit is called resurrection. Through Jesus Christ, the gift of resurrection is promised to each of us. Because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected regardless of whether we have done good or evil in this life. We will have a perfect, immortal body of flesh and bones that will never again be subject to disease, pain, or death. The resurrection makes it possible to return to God’s presence to be judged. Show more Show less