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Hi I'm Geoff Crane

I am a born and raised Albertan. I'm an aspiring sports journalist and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of two energetic boys, and married to a wonderful woman. I'm a big fan of sports, in fact my life practically revolves around sports 24/7. Currently I am in school for journalism and hope to one day be able to make a living reporting on sports. This is actually my second career. I used to work for a transportation company that my father and I founded, but felt my life needed to go in a different direction. Going back to school isn't easy, but it's been a great experience where I've met many wonderful people. If I have learned anything in life, it's that is is never too late to change and do something different in your life, all you need is the resolve to not quit. It will always be worth it in the end.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and had faithful parents who continued to teach me the gospel throughout my life. While I did go through phases in my youth where I wasn't very interested in the church, I always knew in the back of my mind that the church I had grown up in was Christ's church and that happiness could be found by living the gospel taught by the Savior. This church is the only one I know of that is led the same way Christ's church was anciently, with prophets and apostles leading the church through revelation from God. It is so profound to know that God hasn't closed off communication to his children, but continues to talk with us in our day as he did to his children in the Bible. The greatest blessing for me in this church is the knowledge we have of eternal families. My wife and children are the most important people to me in this life. My greatest joy and happiness in this life comes from my family and I couldn't imagine being being separated from them. The beauty of the gospel principles of the LDS church is that we as families can be sealed/joined together for time and all eternity through a special ceremony performed in the Temple. Knowing that the relationship I share with my family now, will last not only during this life, but after this life beyond death brings me comfort and joy in this life. It's the knowledge of these blessings that have helped me through the loss of a loved one, knowing that because of the gospel of Christ, I'll see my loved ones again after this life, and we'll enjoy the same relationship we had in this life. I know that this church is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth, led today by God through his servants - prophets and apostles. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, that goes hand in hand with the Bible, and that the two together teach about Christ and his mission on earth, and that by following their teachings, we can find great peace and joy in this life and the life after.

How I live my faith

Our church is all about providing service to others. This is one of the aspects I love most about my church. Anytime I give service to others it helps me to forget my own problems, and I feel great being able to make someone else's day. Sometimes you never know the impact you may have on someone by serving them. Some of the way I have served others is through missionary service. I was a full-time missionary for two years in south Denver and west Colorado. That provided me with some of the most enriching experiences of my life. I got to teach people the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them with numerous questions in life or problems they were having. My church also gives me opportunities to serve not only other church members, but the community as well. As a member of the church we volunteer to fulfill callings as we have no paid ministry. I've been able to be a scout leader, youth adviser, and gospel teacher. All members are also assigned other families in our congregations that we visit monthly to see if there are any needs, spiritual or otherwise, that we can help with. Our church also gives us numerous opportunities to serve the community. Our local group has organized many city-wide food drives annually to assist charity organizations. Not only has this been a great opportunity to work with our community, but our children have loved it as they get to participate in helping others. Quite often in times of tragedy or disaster, our church is able to organize aid to help those affected. It is a great opportunity to help others when they are in need, and it always has a way of coming back to you when you are in need. Because our church focuses so much on service, I am able to look every day for ways to serve others. Some things are as small as holding the door for a person with their hands full, or shoveling a neighbors walkway after a snowfall, either way it's giving service to help others. Jesus spent his whole life serving others, it's one way we can be like him.