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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a Mormon. I have adopted 5 children, including 3 from Russia. Being a parent is the hardest thing I have ever done.

About Me

After being an owner of a commercial concrete business for over 20 years, we closed our doors because of the economic downturn during the Obama administration. Now I am managing rental properties and trying to grow that business. My wife and I have been married 37 years. We met in college and started out our married life serving in the Air Force where we enjoyed living in Germany for 3 years and had the opportunity of visiting many countries in Europe. We have also lived in Austin and El Paso, Texas, and Denver, Colorado. I grew up living in northern Mexico and learned how to speak and write Spanish fluently. We both wanted children, but after several years of being unsuccessful in our efforts, we sought professional help and I was told that I was impotent and the chances of fathering a child was 1 in 10,000. We were blessed, however, after being married 6 years to have a beautiful baby girl--one of the miracles in my life. Over the next 25 years we adopted 5 children, including 3 siblings from Russia. The challenges we have experienced in trying to raise these children have brought us both joy and sorrow. I have learned that everyone has a God given desire to make their own decisions and cannot be forced. My expectations of what it would be like to be a parent have been changed through the actual experiences of trying to be a one.

Why I am a Mormon

Because my parents were active members of the LDS church, I feel like my life has been blessed because of what they taught me and because of the examples they were of what I consider it means to be a true follower of Christ and of the values He taught. Not only did they unselfishly raise 8 children, sacrificing for our needs, but they also served and cared for many other people in the communities in which they lived. At a very young age, when I came home and told my mother that a workman in my father's business had offered me a cigarette, she taught me that smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee were not good for my body and that Heavenly Father had told a prophet that those things were not good, and I promised her that I would never use them. I am grateful that I haven't. When I was 12, I developed a hernia in my abdomen that became very painful. I had to stop playing basketball and doing all those other fun sports my friends were involved in. One Sunday afternoon, when I was suffering from intense cramps, my father carried me and lay me down on his bed. He said he was going to get his brother and come back and give me a blessing so that I would not suffer any more. Shortly he came back and they placed their hands on my head and gave me a Priesthood blessing. I remember a relaxing feeling gradually sweep down my body and I fell asleep before the blessing was over. I have never since suffered any pain or inhibitions of that affliction. This experience made me more attentive to spiritual things and influenced my search for my own testimony and understanding of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have found in my life that I am happier and enjoy greater peace when I am trying to live the teachings of the Savior the best I can. Many times I have felt a comforting feeling testifying to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ on earth today and is led by a living prophet.

How I live my faith

Because the "Mormon" church has no paid clergy, it's members have many opportunities to serve in many different "callings" throughout a life time. I am so grateful for opportunities given to me that have filled my life with rich experiences of service and learning. One of the choice opportunities was to serve a 2 year mission for the church in northwest Mexico. Since the church sponsors the Boy Scouts of America in many of it's wards in the United States, I have served in the scouting program for over 20 years. The thrills and excitement of camp outs, merit badges, high adventure and spiritual discussions around a campfire with young men have been highlights in my life. One of my present assignments is to work with young men in our Stake who are working on the Eagle Scout Service projects. As a home teacher I am presently assigned two families that I visit each month to share a message with and see if there is any way in which I or the ward can be of service to them. And can you believe it, my wife and I have been asked to teach a "Strengthening Marriage" class to other married couples. Of course, the greatest challenge I have now is trying to teach my adopted Russian teenagers the gospel and give them opportunities to learn about the Savior and the way of life He taught and encourages us to live. We read scriptures most mornings and have family prayer together before they go to school and have "Family Home Evening" each week where we plan and discuss activities and have a short gospel discussion and activity. A highlight of the week for the kids is "Mutual" on Tuesday evening where they are involved in scouting and joint activities with boys and girls.