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Hi I'm Geoff

I grew up in Wisconsin, went to school at Purdue, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was baptized a little over a year ago, and recently married an amazing Mormon woman. We were sealed/married in the Washington DC temple in July. It was an amazing experience and something I wish all people could have in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up catholic, and never really read the bible. I was never taught how to have an intimate relationship with the Holy Ghost. After college wrapped up, I was church shopping. Some of the churches I went to sure were weird. They talked about gardening and gave each other plants on Sunday. Other churches had great music, but didn't have a clear message. Still other churches taught that all you need to say is the "sinner's prayer" and "once saved always saved"...where is the sinner's prayer taught in the bible? I was confused, so many churches seemed to have most of the pieces, but they would do somethings that aren't in the bible - baptizing babies by sprinkling- for example. Once I found two sister walking down the street near my home. We talked and I took the lessons. After about two months of lots of questions, I knew I had to be baptized right away. In the next year, I moved to a new city, met and married this amazing woman, and soon we will have having some kids. My life has been transformed from a greedy person to a teacher of the gospel and an active church and community person. What a blessing the gospel has been in my life!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being active in the church. I have been a missionary in my ward. All that means is you go out and talk to people who are investigators and help answer some of their questions. I have also been the building coordinator. To save money, we clean our own building each weekend. I would help clean each weekend and have people help out. Now I am a teacher. I teach the New Testament to anyone wanting to listen. Our class is around 30 people and we have the full spectrum of people in there, from return missionaries to investigators who have never read the bible. It is a great calling to teach people about the gospel.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Geoff
To me, a testimony is something you know is true. There is a testimony that your parents loves you, and a testimony of the laws of physics. A unique quality of the Mormon faith, is that so many of us have a testimony of the truth of the faith. Most have a testimony of the truthfulness of scripture, others have testimonies of God's love for his children, still others have a basic testimony that God is real, heaven is real, hell is real, and since God started this, he will end it, and we will be judged based on what we do and believe. People have a testimony of the power of the temple, the power of prayer, the power of doing family work. Everyone's testimony is similar, but each is unique. Growing up as a Catholic, I never had a testimony of the faith. As a Mormon, I have a solid testimony that this is the true church, and it is only growing over time. Show more Show less