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Hi I'm Greg P

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a discus thrower. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a proud father of a family with two boys that light up my life. When I'm not busy enjoying my family I work as a mortgage consultant and train for the discus throw. I was an All-American discus thrower in college who now trains for fun and for the pursuit of a goal. I have a bachelors degree in sport management and a masters degree in business administration.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into a family which had already embraced this faith. Though I was raised with these beliefs there were times that my faith was not very stron. I wasn't ever far from the faith and always attended my church meetings, but I found that I was going more out of habit than conviction. While I was a teen I discovered that I didn't really know that the things that I had learned all of my life were true. I had no reason to not believe them, but I also had no reason to believe them. The summer I turned 16, one of my friends who grew up going to church with us (but had not been baptized) was trying to determine whether she wanted to make the commitment to live the life of a Latter-Day Saint. Her father had recently passed away and was the primary reason that she had not been baptized. Now that he had passed away she wanted to find out for herself if what her mother had taught her was true. She started meeting with the missionaries. This experience was different than most experiences with missionaries. All of the youth our age met together and the missionaries taught all of us. The greatest impact that they had on me was not the specific messages which they shared, but it was their encouragement to learn by myself and write down my feelings afterward. I found that as I did this I began to feel a power in my life that I had not previously felt. The Holy Ghost entered my life as I tried to come nearer to God through prayer, scripture study, and writing about my experiences. I began to rely on the comforting feelings that I felt as I read and studied the Book of Mormon. I began to test the faith that I had grown up with. I found myself being in difficult situations and thinking, "OK, I want to know if these things are true. I have always been taught that if I pray and read the scriptures that my questions will be answered." It was through these things that I came to know that Jesus Christ lives and that he leads this church today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a daily basis. My family prays and reads the scriptures together daily. Most recently I have had the opportunity to help the business end of the church to run as I am the financial clerk for the churches in the area. I have also been teaching a class that goes over the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is an adult Sunday School class for those who are either new to our faith or who are returning and want to go over the principles at the foundation level. I love preparing for and teaching this class. I really have the opportunity to get to know those people who are making difficult changes in their lives and have many questions that cover a wide array of subjects. Even though I am supposed to "teach" the class, I often find that I am learning from the perspective of those who are new to our faith. I try to lead a discussion on things that interest me and those in my class by asking questions. The questions have the word "why" in them more than "when" or "how." It has been amazing to see the sacrifices that people have been making and the joy and happiness they they feel as a result of those changes. The opportunity to lead this class has strengthened my faith more than I had ever thought it would It has taught me that small changes often make the biggest difference in our lives.