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Hi I'm Greg Perry

I love learning and I love the outdoors. was born and raised in Oregon. I gained an early love for agriculture. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Oregon, where I became interested in agriculture and involved in FFA. After a year of college I served a mission for the LDS church in Argentina during the time people were being murdered by the military. I saw firsthand the fear that people had for the government and I realized just how fortunate I am to be an American. I spent most of my time in small farm communities, many of whom lived in very poor circumstances. The poverty helped me see that Americans have been blessed with much and need to be generous in giving back to those who are less fortunate. After returned I married and began pursuing higher education with a vengeance. I found a field in agriculture particularly suited to my talents and completed BS, MS and PhD degrees in that field. I was then fortunate to land a position as a professor at a Land Grant University. One of the smartest things we did was to start a family while still in college. I graduated with four children, this later grew to six. Contrary to societal trends, we have realized the wisdom of having a large family. It was financially challenging at time, but in the end we have done very well financially. More important, we have been able to raise our children in a home where family, education, and service to community were priorities. Generally speaking, our children (all now adults) are very family oriented, are well educated and are raising families of their own.

Why I am a Mormon

Being Mormon was easy for me because my parents were both members, so I was raised in the church. There are many who are born into the church but stray as adults. I certainly had every opportunity to do that. Being religious in an academic profession definitely runs again the norm. My religious beliefs have probably cost me some opportunities to advance in academics, particularly into administration. Yet I feel God has opened other doors of opportunity for me, such that I can only thank him for giving me opportunities to grow. There are some fundamental aspects of Mormonism that appeal to me. The fundamental core of the church revolves around family. As I get older, I have learned that no accolade in academia can match that of being a good father and husband. There is a satisfaction in seeing children grow up and be both professionally successful and also be good human beings that cannot be had anywhere else. A second aspect is my religion's emphasis on service to others. I have had several opportunities to serve within my community. Being in a community with few Mormons, I think some viewed my service with skepticism, believing that was going to impose my religious beliefs on the community. I believe I was able to overcome this skepticism by being honest and open, being willing to disagree without being disagreeable, listening and working to find compromises that were win-win. A third reason for my continued participation in Mormonism is that I find the alternatives around me to be unacceptable. Mormonism is not an easy religion to live every day. Yet I see how much people and families suffer because they reject fundamental tenets of Mormonism. For example, treating marriage as a sacred covenant between two people is a principle that fewer and fewer Americans accept. Yet the problems that arise within families because of divorce are ample evidence to me that Mormonism has the correct perspective on this important covenant.

How I live my faith

I have spent many years working with youth in the church in the community. I have done this through Boy Scouts, sports programs, and church youth programs. My work as a professor in teaching undergraduates and mentoring graduate students is simply an extension of my work with youth. In all these areas I seek to bring out the best in the individuals with whom I am working. I push them, challenge them and praise them when they succeed. Their accomplishments are sources of personal satisfaction. In these settings, I try to be positive, avoid profanity or negative language, and really love them as if they were my children. In short, I try to practices the gospel principles outlined in the New Testament of love, charity, kindness, patience and dedication.