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Hi I'm Greg

I grew up in Idaho, USA. I'm a retired mechanical and nuclear engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a fifth generation Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). My ancestors all came from the British Isles. I grew up in a little town in the mountains of the western United States. I have been married for over 43 years and have six grown children and twenty grandchildren. I went to college for two years at a Mormon college and then two years at a state university and received a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later I received graduate training in Nuclear Engineering from the U. S. Navy. I worked my entire career in these fields until I retired. I still occasionally do some consulting work. My wife and I completed a full-time church service mission to help build a magnificent new temple for the Church. We believe that the temples are literally "Houses of the Lord" and it was a life-changing experience to be a small part of creating one. My family and my faith are my reason for living. I love them all so very much and they honor me and their Savior by the lives they live. I love to build new things and fix old things. I have dabbled in auto mechanics and restoration and several types of woodwork. I have done some oil painting and, more recently, have tried doing some sculpting in clay. I love to sing in small groups and choirs and I play the piano well enough for recreational playing and playing in some church meetings for congregational singing. I especially enjoy playing duets with my daughters and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was actively involved in the Mormon church. My parents, and the church, taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout my childhood. When I was old enough to make the decision, I was baptized a member. At that time I believed what I had been taught because I loved and trusted the people who had taught me. However, like everyone who is taught the restored Gospel, I had to seek for a personal witness from the Spirit of God (Holy Ghost) before I could become truly converted to the teaching of the church and "know" of its truth. This did not occur to me in one specific flash of revelation as it does for many people, but it was a process of study and prayer for several years. I do recall one very singular and meaningful experience that cemented my testimony. I was riding in a bus and was reading in the Book of Mormon (a testament of Jesus Christ translated from ancient records through the power of God by the prophet Joseph Smith). The scripture was a discussion of Faith by one of the ancient prophets. I suddenly realized that tears were streaming down my face and knew with no doubt that waht I was reading was true and that the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. My testimony of the truthfullness of the restored Gospel of Christ as taught by the Mormon church has continued to grow and strengthen ever since. This testimony is why I am a Mormon: I know that I am a literal offspring of my Heavenly Father. That He created my spirit in His own likeness. I know that He knows and loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is His son and is a distinct individual with a tangible body of flesh and bones as has His father. I know that the Holy Ghost is also a distinct individual but is a personage of spirit, giving him the ability to "dwell in our hearts". It is through the Holy Ghost that all revelation and converson to truth is bourght about. I know that these individuals restored the true gospel through Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

Being a "Mormon" is a way of life, not just something I do on Sunday. My faith and how I live it defines who I am. The purpose of the Mormon church is to bring all of God's children closer to Jesus Christ and his gospel. This work is accomplished by individual members trying to be more like Him. I, like most active members of the church, have been asked to help this effort by accepting various assignments (we refer to these as 'callings') from my church priesthood leaders who have the authority to lead congregations of the church. I have had the opportunity to serve in many different callings throughout my life. When I was a teenager, I was asked to be a youth leader. I also had the opportunity to participate in one of the most important and rewarding assignments available in the church. It is called Home Teaching. A pair of priesthood holders are asked to be responsible for the spiritual and temporal welfare of one or more families in their congregation. We visit these families at least once a month to teach them a spiritual message and to determine what help they might need. The resources of the whole congregation are available to the home teachers to help the family in any way they need. I have been blessed to have this assignment since I was 14 years old to the present time. I have also been blessed with several callings of leadership in the church. In the Mormon church the lay members voluntarily fulfill all of the ecclesiastical work without any monetary compensation. I have had the blessing to lead a local congregation as a Bishop and several congregations as a Stake President. My most recent calling was as a full-time missionary, serving with my wife as Temple Construction Missionaries at the Temple just completed in Brigham City, Utah. Regardless of what callings we have, our most vital goal is to live our lives as desciples of Jesus Christ. I pray every day for opportunity to help others the way He would do. This is my desire and my quest.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Greg
As Mormons we strive to live the teachings of Jesus Christ and His prophets; both ancient and modern. Jesus gave a 'new' commandment that we " love one another". We try to show love for all of God's children. He said that we would be recognized as His desciples by the way we obey that commandment. We believe that all of us must learn to resist evil in all of its forms. All of us are and will be confronted with temptations and inclinations to do things that are not in accordance with His commandments. Our sincere efforts to resist and overcome these things are a reflection of our devotion and faith in the atonement of Christ. We believe that same sex attraction is a powerful inclination that some people have which, if acted upon, is a violation of the moral cleanliness that God has commanded us to observe. As with other temptations or inclinations, it is not the existence of the temptation that is sinful. Only when we choose to act upon the temptation does the sin, and the resultant need for repentance, occur. Therefore, people who have the inclination for same sex attraction are accepted with full fellowship and love into the Mormon church. As long as they do not act in a way that violates the moral standards of the church, they can progress as any other member in good standing. Likewise, as with all members, if temptations are acted upon they are subject to the discipline of the church. Show more Show less