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Hi I'm George Black

I'm a guitar playing, bacon eater who loves being Mormon. That's about it really.

About Me

So in a nutshell, I'm a somewhat freespirited workaholic who dabbles in manly hobbies such as playing guitar, watching hockey games and appreciating homemade beef jerkey. I also dabble in writing poetry (to show I have a sensitive side) and love listening to everything from James Taylor to the Foo Fighters. One thing I can honestly say is that while my life hasn't gone as planned, it's been a wild ride that has left me laughing speechlessly. I'm interested in pursuing a career in Communications and hope someday to travel to the beautiful land of Provo, Utah to finish school and therefore have a future. Currently serving in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission and it's the best decision I've ever made in my life. So far I've served in Casper, WY; Dickinson, ND, Huron, SD, Glenrock, WY and Bemidji, MN. Every area has been unique and so far everytime I move I feel as though I'm serving in a completely different mission, but I know that when I serve with all my heart, I'll be blessed for it.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. Eventually I fell away for a while and made some decisions I'm really not proud of. I'm one of those people who chose to become offended and live life my own way, which in the process caused me to put the blessings of the Gospel on hold. When I made the decision to come back to God, it completely changed my life. My problems didn't magically go away, in fact I sometimes had MORE problems. But when I really found out for myself that this is Christ's true church restored to the earth led by his chosen prophets, that the Book of Mormon is indeed true and that God loves and knows everyone of his children; I felt more then ever the strength to keep moving forward in my life and will always be grateful for that blessing I received. I'm a very strong believer in living life on my own terms, but only when it is in harmony with the teachings of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

Our goal is to follow the example of Jesus Christ, because we're learning to one day live with him again. I live my faith by having faith in him and trying to share the blessings I've received with others who've never received it. That is why we are here, to help everyone feel of Christ's love. A somewhat recent experience, that has strengethened my testimony in more ways then I can count has been my experience serving as a missionary in Huron, SD. Since I've served there I've had the opportunity to live among and teach the Karen people. They're refugees from Burma and despite the language barrier they've shown greater faith then I've ever recognized in myself. Teaching them was really difficult, but it caused me to rely even more heavily upon the Lord and the experiences I've had with them are some of the choicest, most spirtual of my life. They are my friends and more importantly my brothers and sisters. I know if I hadn't followed the Lord's will and served a mission I never would have had this wonderful experience .

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

George Black
One great thing about the Book of Mormon and the Bible is how connected they feel. When you study both of them together, both books make more sense and give you further insight into God's plan. I myself find the scriptures to be very inspirational when I'm struggling and the stories are still so applicable, that you can never fail to learn something, even from one verse. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

George Black
Being a Mormon can be a great experience, depending on how you go about it. It is important to know that many Mormons (myself included) feel happy and honoured to be members of our Church. What makes it so positive though, is how willing to we are to live as righteously as we can. Many people think we repress themselves by following some of the commandments that we do. Speaking for myself though, I've found out how freeing obedience to God can be, and that making good choices for the right reasons helps us become happier people. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

George Black
Because in an effort to feel intelligent, some people like to pull random words out of the dictionary in order to categorize those whom they judge. Unfortunately when they do this, it doesn't matter if the people they judge match the definition of the word or not. If you have concerns or questions about our faith, then please feel free to ask a member of the Church for clarification to gain understanding. But seriously, I know I'm a Christian and am secure enough in my own skin to know when someone who criticsizes me is misinformed. Show more Show less