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Hi I'm Gene Freeman

I am husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, a hunter and fisherman, and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I can lay claim to something a lot of Arizona people can't. I am a native. I was born in Holbrook and spent my younger years in Holbrook, Snowflake, Chinle and Taylor. I come from a long line of members of the church on both of my Parents sides. My Great Great Grandfather was William Jordan Flake, an early colonizer in southern Utah and Arizona. If you travel through Snowflake, you will see the Freeman pioneer home on main street. That was my Great Grandparents home. I came from a small family with just one sibling, a sister 2 years my senior. We grew up in a home where family was very important and we spent a lot of time doing many fun things together. My Father loved to hunt and fish and he instilled that love in me by sharing those experiences with me from a young age. I met my wife at the LDS Institute at ASU. We have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. We continued my Father's tradition of spending most of our family vacations camping, hunting and fishing. My wife and I are now empty nesters and have the joy of having 3 Grandchildren and 2 foster Grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and was taught by my Parents how to live the principles of the Gospel. My Parents were amazing examples of serving others and showing love. As I grew older, there came a point where I had to know for myself if the gospel was true. I read the book of Mormon with a desire to know of it's truth. As I lived the gospel to the best of my ability I received a witness that this was indeed the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth, restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ himself. I find the church to be not only a perfect spiritual guide, but also a very practical one.

How I live my faith

There was only one perfect person to ever live on the earth and that was Jesus Christ. I know that in this life I will never achieve perfection, but I must try to improve every day. Just like all of us, I slip at times and have to repent and move on. That is the great gift given to us by our Savior. I try to treat others the way I would like to be treated.