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Hi I'm Gordon

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Canada but I now live in North Carolina with my wife and seven children.

About Me

For the past 15 years I've worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales rep and sales manager to support my growing family. When I'm not at one of my children's soccer, baseball, basketball or tennis matches I love to ride my motorcycle (Harley-Davidson Night Train). I also love to lift weights to stay in shape. I love to work hard and play hard.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church. My parents are wonderful. They devoted their lives to lovingly teach me how to live happily by developing my own faith in God. The main reason I continue to be a mormon is because of one book-the Book of Mormon. I have read the Old and New Testaments (many times) and I love both of those books. But all Christian churches use those books as the basis for their church doctrine-and so do Mormons. But the Book of Mormon is unique to the LDS church. It is tangible evidence that God has called modern prophets. You cannot ignore the Book of Mormon unless you are completely apathetic towards religion. You have to answer this question: is it a work of fiction or is it inspired of God? I have found that answer for myself and I cannot deny how I feel as I read the Book of Mormon. I know it is inspired of God because it draws me nearer to Him. It's as simple as that. No one can take that knowledge from me-not ever.

How I live my faith

Living as an active Mormon is not easy-it requires a lot of sacrifice of time. It isn't easy but actually it really is easy. I find that living as a Mormon is one of the easiest ways to live. It is a clean lifestyle-no drugs, no alcohol and all the destructive consequences they bring. When I give of my time to serve people in my church and community I find that I am happier. As a member of the church I am asked to visit other members in their homes to check in on them to be sure they are all well. This is fun and rewarding as we have developed great friendships. Sure serving in the church requires time but the Savior did teach us that in order to find ourselves we must lose ourselves in the service of others. I am far from perfect in the way I live my religion but no one is perfect. But I am happiest when I am striving hard to be more like Jesus Christ.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The law of tithing has been a great blessing in my life. It is a true test of my faith. I believe it is my obligation to return to God just 10% of what I earn to help build up the church throughout the world. It is an opportunity for me to participate in His work. It isn't always easy to pay my tithing but I believe that when I do I receive help from God to face life's challenges because He knows I have faith in Him. I don't expect God to make me rich or never go through hardships like losing my job because I pay tithing-I just hope and believe He will help me through tough times. And so far He has helped me and I've always had what I need to support my large family. Show more Show less