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Hi I'm R. Skip Gove

I'm a Mormon, but I was not always. I joined the church when I was 26 yrs old & it has made all the difference!

About Me

I am 65 years old & retired from my employment as an engineer at Verizon back in November of 2003. I had no intention of retiring at the time, but, as the old saying goes, they made me (& a few thousand of my co-workers) an offer I/we could not refuse. Subsequent to my retirement, I worked for the church for five years, doing maintenance on eight buildings in Maine, Massachusetts & New Hampshire. I left to care for my wife, Eve, when she was diagnosed with cancer. Eve & I enjoy our children, grandchildren & riding our motorcycles. Most of all, we enjoy one another.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 26, I was troubled & searching. I was not living life in the manner I knew I should & I knew I was disappointing my parents. I had read the book 'Truth Restored' & it struck a chord with me. That was 1971. In April, 1974 my wife's best friend came home from Utah for her brother's wedding. While visiting us the conversation naturally turned to religion. When she bore her testimony of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a warmth washed over me & I felt truth like never before in my life. I knew at that very moment it was true! I wanted to be baptized immediately. I learned, of course, that there is a process to be followed. We followed that process & on May 23, 1974 we were baptized. My life has never been the same since & every blessing I have known in my life I attribute to the Lord. And what a life He has given me.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday school for the adults in my ward. It is a richly rewarding experience, assisting others as they learn by the Spirit & grow in their knowledge & understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As the leader of the discussion, it often seems that I learn the most. I also enjoy visiting my home teaching families, as I strive to assure their temporal & spiritual wellbeing. Doing so provides me opportunities to render service as needs may arise. I have learned much as I have found myself repairing roofs, moving furniture & many other activities. Each activity, first & foremost, assists others &, as a byproduct, leaves me with such a warm feeling inside, making me want to do more.