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Hi I'm Greg Odell

I'm a jack of all trades, but a master of none as some say. I've been lds my whole life, and loved it all.

About Me

I was born in San Jose, and live there now, but in between now and then, I've lived in Georgia, Nevada and Utah, and it's been a bumpy ride. I wrestled, played violin, participated in choir, and took honors and ap classes in high school, and it was rough, but I managed to enjoy it! The biggest thing I think you should know about me is that I try to be happy and enthusiastic all the time. I like to think that I can provide a great strength to my family by doing this, but sometimes I think my jokes are a little too much for them. Most people don't know my quiet side though. I always roll with the punches, and people know that. I'm sarcastic with people, and they're sarcastic right back, but sometimes it gets to even me. At times I just let loose, but I try not to let people see that side of me, because I've always felt like the one member of our family that can go through life without a care, and lift everybody elses day with it, and I wouldn't want to change that for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandparents are all mormon, and my parents are mormon, and so it only made sense that I was mormon too. I was raised as a mormon, and it was totally normal to me. Obviously I've come to realize that I have many reasons for being mormon other than my parents, but that's come slowly through several experiences. The first reason is the atmosphere. No matter who you are, this church feels like home. No matter where in this world I've gone, the church has always been there, and has always welcomed me, and in return I help welcome anyone else into church. Our members just tend to be friendly in general, and welcome anyone and everyone into our congregations. The second reason is the Spirit. This is a fairly common concept in Christianity. The Holy Ghost, or the Spirit, helps us know when something is true, and I know that I've felt it many times in church. If you just come to church or read the book of mormon with the right attitude, you can feel it in your heart and know that it's true.

How I live my faith

I've served in several different roles in my church, both leadership and otherwise, and they've all been great experiences for me. I think one of the great things about our church is that people can switch between leadership and following roles without any bitterness or resentment, and it's not necessarily the smartest, most favored, or richest person taking on that responsibility. Besides service itself, I try to live my faith from moment to moment by maintaining a positive attitude at all times, and trying to make that as contagious as I can for others too. I think the poser of a stranger's smile is highly underrated in society. I know my whole attitude has at times been changed by some stranger giving me a passing wave and smile, so I try to do the same. Any time somebody appears to need some help, I try to stop and think what I can do to help them, and it's become such a huge part of what my religion and my own character live to me.