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Hi I'm Geno

I'm a middle school teacher, a football coach, a sportswriter, a gardner, an actor, and.....I'm a Mormon!!! Yes, I am!!!

About Me

I'm a people person. I like people and I like to be around people. I especially like to meet new people and to find out who they are, where they are from, what they like to do, and where they have been. I like kids of all ages, because they give me energy. That is why I am still teaching rude, obnoxious eighth graders after 41 years of teaching. Now, at age 65, Mondays are still one of my favorite days. I have been coaching football since 1971, and I still enjoy the strategy of the game. Two years ago, I was named Middle School Coach of the Year by the Washington State Football Coaches Association. I have also been the sportswriter for our local weekly newspaper for 41 years, so I attend most of the high school sports activities throughout the school year and in the summer. In doing so, I like to write as many positive comments about our local athletes that I can get into an article. In the summer, my wife and I grow a garden, and we go camping a few times in our motorhome. We especially like to go to family gatherings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first converted to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rather than to it's unique doctrines and practices. I had two roommates in college who were Mormons. I noticed right away that they did not smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or use bad language. Being around them influenced me become a better person. It was refreshing to be around people who lived their religion on a daily basis. I later was asked to play on the local Mormon Church softball team and basketball team. Although the competition against other teams was often fierce, every game was dominated by sportsmanship and fair play. I enjoyed being with these guys, and, likewise, they seemed to enjoy having me around. As all Mormons desire to share their religion with others, I was invited to Sunday meetings and to listen to the discussions given by the Mormon missionaries, which I at first declined. However, after meeting the beautiful girl who is now my wife, I found myself going to Sunday services more often. And, I finally accepted the invitation to visit with the missionaries. At first, we fought over the many differences we had in religious beliefs. Coming from a Catholic background, I had trouble believing what they were teaching. But, one evening, they asked me to pray specifically about the doctrinal concepts I was having problems. I made the commitment to pray, and, in doing so, I got this special feeling inside that convinced me that their beliefs were true. I was later baptized. Being a Mormon has changed my life. I am a much better person now. I like myself the way I am, and I am thankful that I have given up many of the bad habits I enjoyed when I was much younger. No, I am not perfect. In fact, I am far from being perfect. However, I am slowly trying to overcome my many imperfections, one at a time.

How I live my faith

I live my faith be being the best person I can be every day. I attend church services every Sunday, say my personal prayers at least once a day, pray with my wife once a day, and ask a blessing on the food at meals. I especially focus on telling my Heavenly Father how thankful I am for the many blessings he gives me on a daily basis. I am especially thankful for his son, Jesus Christ, who sacrifeced his life to pay the price for my sins. I also preside over a group of older men called the "high priests group". Each of us has been assigned to visit the homes of up to five member families every month to help take care of their needs. They may need firewood to get them through the winter, or they may need to have a car repaired, or they may need work done on their house. We try to fulfill those needs using local church resources and manpower. In doing so, I have become thankful to be of help to those in need. This has made me less selfish and less prideful. I was an original member of our congregation here in our community, and I have held several positions including bishops counselor, bishop's executive secretary, Sunday School teacher, and youth group leader.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

I live in a beautiful glacial valley, surrounded by tree-covered mountains about 70 miles south of the Canadian border in Northeastern Washington State, where we enjoy long, cold winters and plenty of snow. Because of the abundance of trees here, many of the local people still burn tamarack and fir logs as their primary source of heat. So, every year, our congregation has one or more wood-cutting projects in the summer and in the fall to cut down dead trees to be used as firewood. All of that wood is given away to both members and non-members who cannot afford to buy firewood. We try to store a few cords of wood so that we can help those who run out of firewood before the end of winter. Last summer, our congregation joined other area Mormon congregations and members from various other denominations to refurbish the fair grounds at a town closeby. We spent most of a day painting buildings, fences, and grandstands. We also built a new building to be used for the the showing of animals during the fair. The previous summer, we refurbished a softball complex. We stained all the fences, planted trees, rebuilt the three infields, did a lot of needed repairs on buildings, and generally cleaned up the entire place. It looked like a park when we were done!!! We enjoy helping people, whether they are members on non-members. Whenever we learn that someone needs help, we ask what we can do. Show more Show less