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Hi I'm Perry

I am of Greek decent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married (25+) years. My wife and i have two wonderful children. We enjoy traveling, cooking (especially Greek food) and recreating as a family. I converted from the Greek Orthodox relgion when I was 16 years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Greek Orthodox and baptized into that faith in Salt Lake City, Utah. There is a strong Greek community there. My parents were devout church goers as well. My mother died when I was five and my father remarried a Mormon in the Greek Orthodox Church. Everyone, including my new stepmother, thought that we would attend Greek Church and continue in that faith, which we did for a time. A job change for my father brought a relocation for the family. We attended the Greek Church a little less. A family tragedy several years later caused us to revisit our devotion to God and we attended the Greek and Mormon churches for a while. We had the missionaries come to our home and teach us the gospel. They taught us about eternal families. This concept rang true in my heart as I hoped I would live again with my mother. My sister and my father were more easily converted and they set baptism dates. I asked the Greek priests about the afterlife and their answers were less in line with what I believed. I attended my father's and sister's baptism, but was quite satisfied at the time with being the only Greek Orthodox in our family. We attended Mormon Church regularly and I attended the scout meetings too. Life went on. When I came of age to attend early morning seminary I resisted, but my parents insisted. I attended as they requested, and was the Seminary class president my first year (even though I was not a member yet). A friend of mine from scouts asked me what was holding me back. I thought about it long and hard and realized that I believed everything that was taught. I believed the Book of Mormon was true, that the priesthood was restored and that there was a prophet on the earth today. It became clear that I needed to be baptized. I announced my baptism to my seminary class and they all thought I was joking as I had been attending seminary and other church meetings for several years. I was baptized by my friend in scouting and confirmed by my father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. It brings me strength as it has for more than 30 years now. I love participating in the church. I love holding the priesthood and being able to exercise it when necessary. I live my faith by giving service. I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church. I have taught the youth, I have been a Boy Scout leader. I have held high leadership positions and I have taught the very young. Each and every opportunity had blessed my life. It has given me a sense of purpose and has afforded me the opportunity to learn more. I have been teaching the adults in Sunday School now for more than five years. I have loved to search the scriptures, to read the bible and the Book of Mormon. I have loved to share the precious truths I have discovered with my class and I have loved how they have in turn have taught me. The Mormon Church is participatory. You get blessed for being a participant, not a spectator. I live my faith every day because it brings blessing in return every day. I have become very dependent on the rich blessing from the Lord. I feel so blessed. I never felt that way before.