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Hi I'm Grant Whitehurst

I grew up in Georgia. I've lived here for most of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had more than one trade, but the transportation field is where I have been most successful. I delivered air freight for seven years from the Atlanta airport to cities 50 miles and more away. When my wife's parents both became ill at the same time, I gave up my truck and my contract to help her with them. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies at Mercer University. I have a wonderful wife supporting me in this endeavor, a daughter, and three grandchildren. I love to fish and my influence has instilled a love for fishing in my two oldest grandchildren. We're looking forward to going deep-sea fishing and to Disney World, soon. I will be going back into the transportation field as an over the road trucker. My wife will ride with me during the summer months when she is off for summer vacation. She's a teacher. From there, I intend to move up into an inside job, retire when its time, and continue to travel with my wife and go with her on a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1983 on Christmas Day. I became truly converted in 2004. Being fully converted means to be truly humble and to obey those commandments that are so easy to obey. It means to put off the natural man and to put on the spiritual man. Many faults in myself are not so obvious to me. With prayer, scripture reading, and a little faith, they are revealed to me. As I read and study the commandments, I am better able to look at myself and improve as a person. Striving for perfection is a wonderful endeavor, as futile as it may seem at times. Since becoming truly converted, my life has taken on real meaning. Having the gift of the Holy Spirit has enabled me to recognize many truths that I didn't realize before. To read the scriptures and have the teachings and testimonies of ancient prophets and past Presidents of the Church etched into my soul by the power of the Holy Spirit is a feeling that is indescribable. As my faith and testimony in our Savior has grown, my perspective on this life has changed immensely. Think of what a wonderful feeling it is to feel old for just a second, glance at a picture of a temple, and realize that getting old can't possibly happen to an eternal being, which is what we are. That thought alone makes it all worthwhile to me. I know that my Redeemer liveth. He is the keystone of this gospel. This is his gospel and his work. I know that he suffered in Gethsemane and suffered the cruelty of man on the cross. I know that he rose on the third day and visited his apostles and other disciples after his miraculous resurrection. I know that he visited this continent after his resurrection. I know the Book of Mormon is another testimony of his divine existence, and that Joseph Smith was the prophet chosen to translate the Book of Mormon and organize this wonderful church. This is my testimony in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I have had the honor and privledge of working with the young men in our ward. When I see these young men today and how they have grown in their testimonies, it makes my heart swell knowing that I could play a small part in their formative years. I have also had the priveledge of giving talks in the ward. Public speaking scares most people, but there is a very real reward to be had by preparing and giving a talk on Sunday morning. The effort of studying the scriptures and other good books always gives the speaker an insight they didn't have before. Our ward has a tradition of celebrating fall with "Trunk or Treat" in which there are games and trick or treating in the trunks of cars in the parking lot. A tradition of making funnel cakes to serve is one that I have had the pleasure of helping to perpetuate. I serve them up hot until it's time to go inside for the chili cook-off. It has also become a tradition to have a dinner between Thanksgiving and Christmas. With this tradition, turkeys are fried in the parking lot and church members bring a covered dish. It has been my pleasure to fry the turkeys for the past two years with the help of other brethren. It's a tradition that hopefully will be carried on for many years, and I hope to be there to lend a hand every year. My most important calling, however, is in my home. Being a husband, a father, and a grandfather are callings that must take priority over all others. This is what the Church of Jesus Christ teaches. The family is the basic building block of all society, and it is there that my energy is most needed.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Grant Whitehurst
The place of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is as equally important as the place of priesthood holders. Men, by nature, are not nurturers. Women are. I have seen how badly men act in the absence of women over a four month period. It gets very ugly. Women serve a vital role in the world, that men simply cannot serve. They give birth to children and nurture those dear ones to perpetuate the the human race. As beings who existed in the spirit world before we were born, we longed for a body of flesh just as our Heavenly Father has. His plan has allowed that to be possible, but it would not be possible without the sisters of the Church. I watched my wife labor for 18 hours with our first and only child, a daughter. Because of modern medicine, she was able to do so without dying. The fact is, all mothers enter into the valley of the shadow of death while birthing a child. While some think of them as the weaker sex, this is empirical evidence that they are the stronger sex. Show more Show less