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Hi I'm Gregory

I'm from Idaho. I've been married for 15 years and have5 wonderful children. I'm an engineer and a wannabe cowboy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the west as part of a large family who experienced a lot of hardships over the years. We moved several times and experienced earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and job loss. I was fortunate to get a full-ride scholarship to a good university where I not only obtained my degree in chemical engineering but also met my wife. We too moved several times across the united states from upstate New York and Philadelphia to the deep south of New Orleans and back to the west in western Washington. We too have seen tough times and natural disasters of all kinds. Our children have learned to work hard along side their parents and we are all survivors. My children have taught me to see the rainbows in the storms of life. Recently I was diagnosed with polycythemia, a disease where my body produces too much blood. The prognosis was originally 5-10 years. Thanks to the wonderful advances of medicine and greater understanding of how to best treat the disease, the prognosis has changed to 10-15 years. That was 5 years ago. I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy camping and hiking here in the northwest. I also love to play the piano and currently am teaching my children how to play. The added fatigue and pain from my disease makes each moment we have precious on those good days. I also have a lot of my extended family nearby which allows for fun family time during holidays and special occasions. My family is everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother has always been a member but due to inactivity married a non-member. My father later joined the church and as the missionaries taught him, I too felt a need to learn for myself. I had always known that Heavenly Father was there and have always felt a close relationship with Jesus Christ. I was sealed to my parents in the Salt Lake City temple and that is where my testimony of the church began. The feelings I had knowing that I was now part of a forever family and seeing that the family was more than just my brother and sister and my parents at that time with aunts, uncles, a grandmother and several friends was a blessing. I then continued to learn and grow through primary, scouts and seminary. I was able to gain a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Book of Mormon as another witness of Jesus Christ. I had gained a testimony of tithing and living the Word of Wisdom as they strengthened my life. I had the opportunity to serve a mission in Brazil where I was able to confirm my testimony of the love of God in our lives as the atonement was able to change lives for the better as others accepted the gospel as we shared it with them. I have since been able to see the blessings of living a righteous life as I see the blessings of a marriage that is for eternity and children who are blessed with richness of life because of the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God who restored His gospel. I know that we are currently lead by a prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who communes with Heaven to give us the guidance we need for these troubling times. I know that through the sacrifice of my savior and through answers to prayers received from the Holy Ghost I can return home to my Father in Heaven together with my family if I but keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in our ward as the Ward Mission Leader and have the responsibility of overseeing the missionary work in the area where I live. It is a blessing to be part of the missionary effort as we try to help those around us understand who we are, where we come from and where we want to go. We want others to understand us better as we share with them our beliefs and invite them to learn for themselves if what we teach is true. Of course with 5 children we are very busy and have many opportunities to share. In the past I have also been a part of our youth programs, scouting and other leadership roles. But I prefer to teach. I have the opportunity to teach each Sunday those who may be visiting our ward for the first time or perhaps are returning after being away for a time. I have had many opportunities to teach before in seminary, youth Sunday School, and even in our Missionary Training Center as missionaries prepared for their missions. This is how I can best live my faith by teaching other about my faith and sharing my testimony of this gospel and the experiences that have strengthened me and my family.