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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a retired Navy Electronics Technician and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Detroit where after graduating from high school, I joined the Navy. While in the service, I learned electronics. I worked on radars, communications, IFF, and Tacan equipments. I retired 19 years ago after 20 years of service. I've been married three times. I lost my first wife thru divorce. She couldn't take the separtions associated with the Navy life. We had a daughter together but after the divorce, her location has always been kept secret from me and I've never seen her again. My second marriage was much better. We were married for 22 years before she passed away. She had two daughters from a previous marriage whom I adopted. My third marriage has been the best probably because I'm retired from the Navy and there has been no separtations. We've been married for 12 years now. Her husband had recently passed away after 22 years of marriage as well. She had two boys from that previous marriage. We make a point of having a date night every week. Usually it's a movie or dinner, or dancing, but sometimes it could be just going to Costco for the samples or going to Lowe's to figure out what we can do to improve our home. I still work in electronics but now I work on equipment which uses lasers to find partical size and concentrations levels in aquious solutions. When I'm not at work, I like gardening, woodworking, family history research, and vacationing. However my favorite passtime is just being with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

When I joined the Navy I began searching the various churches to find out what they taught and which was closest to what I believed. I was raised a Baptist. I did not have anything against the Baptist church except I really didn't know what the other churches taught. I didn't understand why there were so many denominations. In my search, I discovered that there were some teachings in the bible that I felt were ignored for the most part, mainly the teaching of the Holy Ghost, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost. I found that some churches were teaching about these things and others ignored them. The ones that taught them though, just didn't feel right when they were put into practice. They just felt fake. When the missionaries came to my door, I invited them in and we began the discussions. They taught a lot of things which I hadn't heard before. I resisted at first. They would show me scriptures and I would show them some scriptures back. They invited me to pray to see if it were true and when I did, I felt the asurance that it was. One thing that I couldn't know for sure was the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I had to be baptized before I received it. When the day of my baptism came, I was excited. First came the baptism which went well. Then came the confirmation. Hands were laid upon my head and I was confirmed a member and then the words "receive the Holy Ghost" This was the moment I was waiting for as I didn't know what that would be like. However, I didn't feel anything. I was disappointed. Afterwards I was asked to bear my testimony and this is where I felt the sweet spirit fill my breast for the first time. It was a feeling of warmth and love that was so strong I could hardly speak. Tears filled my eyes as I felt God's love for me and I knew that he was pleased and that I had found his true church. I have never doubted it since.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have served as a missionary couple for 9 of the 12 years we've been married. The remainder of the time has been spent as a mentor couple in a Marshallese Branch of the church. As mentors we helped the immigants of the Marshall Islands to learn how to run their own branch. As a missionary couple, we visit, teach and encourage less active families to live the gospel of Jesus Christ.