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Hi I'm Gene

I'm a retired dentist, poet, writer, artist, kayaker, camper & Dutch oven cook, father of 4 and grandfather of 10. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming, but my paternal grandfather was a Frisian and came from Schleswig-Holstein. I graduated top of my class from dental school and served 3 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, 2 years as Chief Dental Officer at a federal prison. I enjoy kayaking in my self-made mahogany craft. My family and I often send week-long kayak trips in the back country of Wyoming. We enjoy gourmet Dutch oven cooking and exotic meals garnished with food gathered from the land. These experiences are chronicled in my personal history and I have compiled an extensive history of my family reaching back into the 1500's. This has required the frequent use of my German language skills which I developed during my 2 1/2 year mission in Central Germany as well as the interactions with my wife's parents who were native Germans. I am in direct contact with third cousins in Germany and have visited and stayed in the thatched-roofed house which is the birthplace of my great great grandfather and has been in the family for 300 years. My mother's family came from England and 2 of my great grandmothers trekked with the Mormon pioneers across the plains as young girls. I have a rich L.D.S. heritage. I enjoy writing poetry and prose and dabbling in oil painting. We have run out of walls on which to display my work. I have served in many capacities in the Church, many in leadership positions and most recently as a Gospel Doctrine Instructor. I am retired now but certainly not bored.

Why I am a Mormon

I was greatly influenced by my mother and grandmother, who have a great pioneer heritage, as was my father who was converted when I was 8 years old. Hence, I was raised in the Church. I began to really appreciate the Gospel when I attended college in Chicago and experienced the culture shock of a young man raised in Wyoming The conversations with other students often turned to religion and philosophy, and I soon began to appreciate the knowledge the gospel had provided me. I was challenged by some of the courses and professors regarding my faith, but it only strengthened me. The association with other L.D.S. young people and Church activities helped as well. I had pledged a fraternity, which was the thing to do. But I quickly became disillusioned by their drinking and juvenile behavior and did not become active. It was during my college years that I received the call to serve a mission in Germany. This was a very humbling experience as well as a growing one. Helping others change their lives and accept the Gospel only secured my faith even more. Late in my mission I was called to serve as Assistant to the President, and I then lived in the mission home with the President and his family and was exposed to direct contact with great leaders of the Church, including President Ezra Taft Benson and Alexander Schreiner. On returning from my mission , I applied to dental school and was accepted in spite of the 3 years I had been out of school due to the mission. I was surprised to learn that at my dental school one third of the students were L.D.S. In addition the top students in every class were Church members. The Church had a good name at this school. I can honestly say that my Church membership and my adhering to its principles have been blessings in my life and testify to the validity and truthfulness of the Gospel as it has been restored in its fullness. I would admonish any honest searching soul to try it. You will like it!

How I live my faith

I attend my Ward Meeting faithfully. It is the boost I need to get me through the coming week. I have never been without a calling to serve in some capacity. I have served in Priesthood leadership roles and as a Gospel Doctrine teacher. I served as Scout Committee Chairman and helped the scouting program meet the needs of the boys. Participating in the Klondike Derby with my son and his friends was a memorable experience. I helped with a scout fund raising event where the scouts assembled a photo directory for our ward which is today a keepsake with many photos of those who have now passed away. It has become our Ward's photo album. As a Home Teacher, I have developed strong and special relationships with families whom I visit. I always come away spiritually fed. It is especially gratifying when friends and neighbors approach me with questions about the Church. One lady said to me, "I want what you have." A few weeks later, she and her family were baptized. Her husband is now a Temple worker and one daughter sings with the Tabernacle Choir. I try to live so people will ask me questions. I love to give them the answers.