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Hi I'm George

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

About Me

I love spending quality time with my wife of 46 years, and with our 6 children and their families. I am a grandfather to 29 fantastic children. Although they don't all live near us, we like to visit them as often as we can even though they live in 5 different States. I enjoy working on family genealogy and finding out more about the lives of my ancestors. Music has been a hobby of mine for most of my life. I have been playing drums for over 50 years. During my teenage years I played in several rock bands in High School and University, and I still play today. Collecting fossils, rocks and minerals has been another hobby of mine. No wonder I have been a petroleum geologist for over 42 years. My wife and I have traveled to all 50 states and we have enjoyed visiting many different countries around the world. Life is good and I am a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Christian and for many years I was a practicing Catholic. Shortly after my first child was born my wife and I had decided we didn't fully believe the doctrin of the Catholic Church and decided to find another Christian church to be a part of. We were living in northern Pennsylvania during that time while visiting family in Kentucky we met a man and his wife that worked for my father-in-law. They were different and very happy and we needed to know why they were different. As it turned out, they and their family were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). I didn't know anything about Mormons, although my wife had taken a course in college on various religions and knew a little (she graduated from a Catholic College in Kentucky). After we returned to our home in Pennsylvania, we decided to find out if a Mormon church was to be found in the area. To my surprise there was one in the small town were we lived. So, on one of the following Sundays we decided to attend their service. We walked up the steps and was greeted warmly by those also entering the building. I think they thought we were members on vacation from out of town, because no one had ever seen us before that day. After it was determined we had just decided to check out the church, more people came up to us and then we were introduced to a couple of young men that were serving their Missions in the area. I remember the very first Hymn that I heard that day. It was Joseph Smith's First Prayer which begins "Oh, how lovely was the morning!". My wife and I will never forget that day. It has been 41 years ago this year that we were baptized members of the church. With all our children, their spouses and our grandchildren, those two baptisms have become many from our family.

How I live my faith

I consider myself an active member of the church. I try hard to live a good life and treat others as I would have them treat me. It is important to me for others who know me that are not Mormons to know that I am a Christian and that I believe in and have faith in Jesus Christ being my Savior and that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and expects me to live a life that will allow me to be able to live with Him again after this life is over. It will be my choice because He has given us the freedom to choose for ourselves how we want to live and to make our own choices as to doing what is right or to choose the other way. I have never tried to push my religion on anyone, it is such a personal decision. But I am happy to answer questions my friends have about my faith. I have always liked the fact that we do not have paid ministry and have always operated with the members serving one another through accepting a calling (a position of service) within the church they attend. I have had the opportunity to serve as a Sunday school teacher, an instructor in adult classes, a clerk, a home teacher and even a Bishop. I am currently working as a Ward History Clerk. There are many ways I can live my faith and I have many more ways to learn to do it before I leave this mortal existence.