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Hi I'm George

I was born and raised in Philly. I am married with 4 children. I love nature photography and college football and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have a son and three daughters. I have degrees in Wildlife Technology and Biology and also in Information Systems. I currently work as a software developer. I love nature, especially God's creation of birds. I like to go bird watching and am planning on becoming an amateur nature photographer. I love being out in nature. For exercise I like to swim and try to swim laps two to three times a week. I also like to take walks (or hikes) out in nature. I am an avid college football fan, especially Penn State.

Why I am a Mormon

One night while feeling hopeless about knowing what would happen when I died, and not knowing what I needed to do to receive the best that was available in the next life, I offered a prayer from the feelings of my heart. About 2 weeks after the prayer, while visiting my sister at her apartment, my brother-in-law received a call from a friend that had moved from Philadelphia to Alaska. They spoke about the beauties of nature that were in Alaska. My brother-in-law knew of my love for nature and asked me if I wanted to speak to him. I gladly agreed. We spoke of the same. He invited me to come up anytime and the he would put me up for a visit. I thanked him for the offer, but did not think it was a possibility. Then, over the next day or two, I was greatly compelled to take him up on his offer. Within a few days I was on a plane for Juneau Alaska. Shortly after I arrived we had a conversation about God. It led to a discussion about my questions about the afterlife. He expounded God’s answers to the questions “Did I exist before birth”, What are we supposed to be doing while here on earth”, and “What happens after death” or in other words, the plan of salvation. They pulled out a sheet of paper that depicted the path of this plan and went through each part of the plan in detail. The power of the Holy Ghost powerfully came into my spirit and irrefutably bore witness of each of the truths that were taught. I felt great joy and relief. My body was trembling. I did not know then that I was feeling the power of the Holy Ghost, but I did know, without a doubt, that God was telling me that these doctrines were true. I felt like I was completely open to heaven. I knew that God knew that I was feeling this feeling. I knew that whatever organization espoused such truths had to be of God. I soon found out that these truths had been revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith and were part of the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

When I serve the Lord in the assignments I am given in the church, I am greatly blessed. I love to be with others in the church and to feel of their spirit. I have served in many capacities in the church including working with the youth, working with the administration of the church, working with other priesthood holders in various ways. I have used my priesthood to bless others, especially members of my family and those to whom I have been given stewardship. I especially love to serve in the temple of God. What a peaceful and spiritual experience it is. I don't know what my life would be like if I did not have the church in it. It has been a marvelous blessing. I love to feel the spirit when either hearing of God's truths or speaking them myself, especially to those who have not felt it before.

Are Mormons Christians?

I define Christian as someone who follows Jesus Christ. One who accepts Him as our God, our Savior and Redeemer and follows His teachings and keeps His commandments. I strive to do so as best I can. We have faith that He suffered and died for our sins and that only though His atoning sacrifice can we be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven. We believe the biblical and Book of Mormon accounts that He rose from the tomb and was resurrected with a perfect body of flesh and bones and that through Him we will receive the same. I am most grateful for the love He has for me to sacrifice Himself for me and also for His patience for my learning to become like Him and for His tender mercies and grace. Show more Show less