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Hi I'm Guil

I'm a Mormon, I've lived in Asia for 11 years, worked for a large multinational company for 30 years and am now retired.

About Me

I am a Dad and Grandfather who enjoys opportunities to get together with family and to see my kids and grandkids grow up to be happy, kind, faithful, and industrious adults. I served in the US Army and am proud of my service for my country during the Vietnam War. My service helped to pay for my masters degree and started me on an exciting career path that resulted in working and living outside the US in Asia for 11 of my 30 years of employment. One of my foreign assignments allowed me to live in Shanghai and meet many great people who to this day remain great friends of mine. As a retiree I enjoy being able to serve in the Church and especially enjoy attending and working in the Temple. I also enjoy working on my family history and have met several cousins who I would not have known if I had not been involved in studying my family history. I have a brother and sister who are members of another church, and I am proud of their community and church service. My Mom did not join the church in her earth life but my Dad did join when he was 76 years old. My sister-in-law was the member who helped the missionaries always find my wife and me as we moved around and continued to investigate the church, I will always be grateful to her for being persistent.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church after investigating for about 4 years. I investigated for a long time and my wife was ready to join well before I was, and at one point we decided that she would join and I would not. When the Elders came to interview my wife for baptism, they also said they would interview me, to which I replied that they did not get the message that I was not prepared to join but I was supportive of my wife joining. They replied that they did want to interview me, in spite of my choice not to get baptized with my wife, and I agreed. What happened in that interview was to this day hard to explain but I received an undeniable confirmation that I should join the Church. I have never felt the spirit so strongly since then, but I have known it work in my life since then. Of course when my wife finished her interview and learned that I would be baptized along with her, she was shocked, but pleased. I was 31 years old when I was baptized and it literally changed my spiritual life and secular life. The teachings of the Church and helpful leaders guided me to evaluate choices that I had not thought about before and helped me to overcome habits that would likely have lead me to a life with far less reward and certainly fewer blessings. From the outset of my investigation of the Church, I have been impressed with how the Lord directs His Church, using lay leaders to administer His programs. This could never work unless it was what the Lord wanted, and I am certain this is true. I also have come to know over time how much God and Jesus Christ know me and love me, and this brings me a lot of comfort as progress in this life.

How I live my faith

I try to serve as the Lord has directed me and currently have an assignment that causes me to travel 3 hours one way to attend my assigned unit. While this is a long way to travel the blessings of serving in this manner will far outweigh the inconvenience of being away from my home unit. I also serve in the Temple helping patrons to have a faith filled experience as they attend the Lords House. I find this service to be highly enjoyable, being associated with many like minded members who find real joy in serving the Lord. I am also a home teacher and have found that the more I get to know the families I am assigned to teach, the more I learn about myself. I have met so many great leaders while serving in the Church, and have been so impressed with the commitment and love they bring to their service of our Lord. As I go about my activity in the community I try to conduct myself in a Christ-like manner, sometimes successful but often falling short. I am grateful for the principle of repentance that allows me find forgiveness, but keep learning about how to be a better person.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Guil
We believe that the family is the place where the father should provide leadership, guidance and consistent love. Our calling as a father is the most important calling we hold in the Church and our time and energy is directed first to the needs of our family and after that to our other callings in the Church. Show more Show less