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Hi I'm Greg

I'm from Calgary, I played in a Marching Band, I love travel and fun. I joined the church in 2008 and now I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Ottawa, Ontario but moved to Calgary when I was 5 and have lived there ever since. I have 2 older sisters, a brother in law and a 3 year old niece. I love them all and I love spending time with them. We like to play cards, especially Euchre, boardgames and watch movies together. It´s always a blast. My hobbies and interests are music and strategic boardgames, being around friends and spending time with people I love. I love learning, especially about people, where they come from and why and what's important to them. I was studying to go into Business school at the UofCalgary but decided to put it all on hold to be a Missionary. Serving as a Missionary is a great opportunity to do what I love most to do, spend time with others and help them come to know what I know. I meet all kinds of people and have learned one thing above all others. We are all children of a Heavenly Father who loves us.

Why I am a Mormon

I believed in God, but not religion. When I was 15 my older sister was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it brought her the joy she had been seeking all her life. But it had no impact on me. Missionaries were at my house sometimes and they would invite me to join the discussions but I never would. Life went on. A few years later, while playing in the Calgary Stampede Marching ShowBand I started dating a girl who was Mormon and became more exposed to their ideals and beliefs by attending church with her. I was intrigued by the no paid ministry and that regular members preached the sermons and always shared how the Gospel impacted their lives everyday of the week, not just Sunday. I began to desire the life that these people seemed to live. I was at a business seminar and the key note speaker who was a self-made multi-millionaire said that truely successful people have their lives organized thus: 1) God 2) Family 3) Business Not what I expected at a 'how to make money' business seminar. I realized that my life had been built without a foundation. No wonder it was so shaky and without direction. I needed God, I needed truth, and the Mormons seemed to have it figured out more than anyone else I knew, so I went to them. I attended church with my sister, and eventually went up to the Missionaries and asked them to come over and tell me what it's all about. It all went smoothly until we got to Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. But I read from the Book of Mormon everyday, and everyday I found answers to questions I didn't even have words for. I prayed and asked God to tell me the truth. I didn't want to be 'Mormon' but I wanted to follow God. I came to know through the Spirit of God that the Book of Mormon is true, and that because it's true that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that The Church of Jesus Christ exists today. I was baptized Febuary 2, 2008 and haven't looked back since.

How I live my faith

After a few years of membership within the Church I found myself again without direction or course. I needed to solidify the foundation I had built in 2008. I knew I needed to serve a Mission. To go for a long walk with God and to lose my life in the service of others, in order that I might gain a greater understanding of who God is and who He wants me to be. Now I travel all over central Canada as a Full-time Missionary. I wake up, study the Gospel and then go out and share it with others. Then I come home, go to sleep, wake up and do it all over again. I love it. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't easy, but it is the easiest life I've ever lived. I live my faith by inviting others to come unto Christ, and helping them receive and live His restored gospel. When I teach others the gospel, I learn about it too, especially how through Jesus Christ we can be clean from sin and sorrow. Being a missionary has taught me so much about God's love for me that when I invite others to come unto Christ, I'm really just re-inviting myself. Of course sometimes people say no, but that doesn't stop me, nor will it, because sometimes they say yes! I know that God knows and loves all of His children, individually, including me and you. He is preparing us to receive His gospel and when we are ready, we can make the choice to come unto Him. I have and it's made all the difference, and I invite you to do the same

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Greg
We love any opportunity to come into people's homes and get to know them and share with their our testimonies of Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. We teach about our Heavenly Father's great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. There are answers, there is truth. It is found through reading and pondering the scriptures and praying to God and asking him to know that what we share is true. We missionaries are merely guides. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Greg
I heard it put this way once: "If you believe in revelation from God, there is no problem. If you don't, there is no solution." It was practiced because the Lord commanded it. Members of the Church like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were challenged by this command, but they sought confirmation from the Lord and they received it, and they obeyed. Church leaders regulated the practice. Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel (see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095). Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Greg
If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it to yourself? The Gospel has changed my life and given me so much, a place to go to be safe, answers to questions, direction in my life, knowledge and confidence and a relationship with my Father in Heaven and my Saviour Jesus Christ that I wouldn't trade for all the wealth of the world. I found this because of Missionaries. Now I get the opportunity to help others find it too. Show more Show less