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Hi I'm Gregory Knapp

I live in San Diego, California, and this year have been called to serve in the Japan, Tokyo South Mission for the next 2 years!

About Me

I am 19 years old, and have just finished my first year at BYU. I love music, that is my major and will be my career in the future. I hope to finish my degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis and teach high school music someday. I am a member of the church, and have been my whole life, and it has been a journey of itself to try and learn the gospel for myself. I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time cover to cover in February before submitting my mission paperwork, and with prayer and faith, a testimony is slowly building. I was called to serve in the Japan, Tokyo South Mission, speaking Japanese, and the mission call has been a huge blessing in my life. I know that the Lord knows where missionaries need to serve, and that's not just because I love Japan so much already. I can already feel his care and love in each day that I prepare to serve him, and I know that I will be blessed in my life if I serve faithfully. I am the middle child of 3 and I love my family greatly. Through them, and other experiences, I feel so strongly about eternal families, and I not only hope to have this one forever, but I can't wait to be married and sealed in the temple with my own eternal family of my mine own someday! I believe the Gospel at its heart is all about the family and it is the basis of my belief and testimony of the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the belief in eternal families. I love the Church and I love its teachings and doctrine. I love how we emphasize the Word of Wisdom and other good life habits that really are for our happiness and safety. But above anything else, the Church's emphasis on happy families is what makes me know of its truth. I come from a very traditional, and in my opinion, happy family. All of us are members, and we live our lives according to church principles and have had mostly positive family relationships. However, especially going to college, I have met so many who come from so many different family backgrounds, with different effects on each kid. Yet at BYU we all had the same common belief that no matter the family, we believe in its eternal purpose and the happiness that it can bring us, and realizing that touched me so deeply. The Plan of Salvation isn't just for the happy families that all go to church together, it is for any and all families, no matter the shape, size or design. We can ALL get the blessings of spending forever with our families, and that brings me so much happiness. I know the Church is true because I believe that families are the most important part of this life, be it loving ours, or creating our own someday, and the teachings of the Church are confirmed to me by the Spirit that the family is from God and we will be most happiest with them, and that we can be together forever.

How I live my faith

Growing up, living my faith was difficult. Partially because I soon realized that my testimony as a stand alone thing away from my parents was not very strong, but also because my friend group and school population was not very favorable to the Church. My beliefs were questioned often, and I was not able to provide a strong defense for them at the time, which was difficult and discouraging to my own faith. Fortunately, I have been able to spend the last year at BYU for my first year of college, and it has been as spiritually growing as it has been intellectually. Rather than feel far behind others in terms of my spiritual knowledge and faith, I met others in similar situations as me, trying to learn and grow their own testimonies. Through their help, and diligence on my part, I have grow stronger in my faith, a point that I now wish I had reached years ago. It was exactly the experience I needed before going out on my mission, and it came from the sources that I have been taught to rely on my whole life. That is, praying, reading the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, and doing everything on my part to live a good life. I thank my friends so much for helping me grow into the person I am today. Temple attendance has also blessed my faith and testimony so much. I went often with a particular friend of mine, and I could see the blessings the temple has in not only my life, but her's as well. It is something that if we hold as our goal to stay worthy to attend it, and do so faithfully, we can be blessed beyond measure. With stronger faith now, I come home, preparing for my mission, ready to defend the church and preach the happy message to anybody curious. Not only that, but I feel strong enough to face rejection and still protect my faith, and let it grow stronger through trials that I know I will face in the coming years.