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Hi I'm George

We raised reindeer, wallabies , pot bellied pigs and our five children all in the same house . I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with 5 children and 10 grandchildren. My family raised, displayed and sold exotic animals for 30 years while I owned and operated a retail business and purchased residential rental properties. Now the animals are gone, the retail business is run by my youngest son, and I manage the rental houses in my semi- retired state. I live on 5 acres with a one acre pond 40 feet from our house where I teach grandchildren, neighbors, scout groups etc. how to fish. Crappie fishing is my favorite addiction but it does leave time for never missing a NBA Thunder game and for tending some pretty extensive gardens around our yards. I am a currently inactive runner with 12 marathons under my belt ( and plans to resume the sport). With a growing herd of 10 grandchildren and living in paradise with my wife and best friend, I am never bored . Did I mention that I love to read adventure fantasy novels and everything else including cereal boxes? I probably have too many hobbies and interests really; for example, I am a certified BBQ Judge after attending a judges school for two days and graduating. I then formed a BBQ cooking competition team called "Four Mormons Smokin!"

Why I am a Mormon

In 1979 my wife left me and my world collapsed. Every day without her was excruciating . Up to that point in time I had not believed in God and certainly had not followed His Son's teachings but suddenly I needed Him to be there. One night, just desperate for a little relief from the pain I picked up a Bible and began to read. About 5 hours later when The Lord spoke aloud to me, saying " Rest my son" I knew that I would never be the same and I felt peace. In the weeks following my conversion to Christ I attended many churches, planning to find one that felt right for me. The Lord continued to speak to me ( though not as loudly!) and directed my thoughts to a Mormon I had once known briefly but really admired. One Saturday night I called the missionaries and asked about the location of the LDS church. They met me there the next morning and began teaching me that night. When they related the events of Joseph Smith praying to know which church to join I felt very engaged and with their invitation I prayed right then to know if it was a true story. My answer was immediate and perfectly clear. Those Elders became my best friends as they taught me and helped me to turn away from many long held addictions. After baptism The Lord continued to inspire me and speak to me and encouraged me in regards to my estranged wife to" seek ye her and pursue her diligently". Though she thought my joining with the Mormons was literally a symptom of a nervous breakdown still I could not deny my growing convictions and I encouraged her to read with me from the Book of Mormon as we began to date a little and talk occasionally on the phone. In less than three months after my baptism she came home , saying that I had become again the boy she had fallen in love with clear back in high school. Three months later she too was baptized and 5 kids and 34 years later we are preparing to serve our own mission to the Phillipines. We leave in 91 days. Our life together is wonderful beyond imagining.

How I live my faith

After serving as the Bishop to a congregation of over 700 members I was assigned to attend a different ward or congregation and train and support the leaders of this brand new congregation. I also currently advise and support the public affairs and singles over 30 groups in our stake consisting of 13 congregations. During my 34 year membership in this church I have served extensively with the youth, including as a scoutmaster and early morning scripture study instructor, arriving at the church building every school day to discuss the Bible and the Book of Mormon with about 20 juniors in High School. A pretty wonderful experience even at six o'clock in the morning! My favorite assignments may have been helping to organize and participate in four youth Mormon Handcart Treks, reenactments of the grueling efforts of early members of our church to travel with their families to Utah and Zion. These 3 day journeys, pulling handcarts over the hills and through the rivers of a 70,000 acre cattle ranch included about 250 youth and adults who endured not only the usual privations of camping out but also 3 inch rainstorms, freezing temperatures and even widespread grass fires covering miles of tall grass prairie. It was wonderful to be there as faith in Christ and in each other grew and lives changed. We participate in a lot of church and community oriented service here in green country where in the last few years I have traveled to Missouri and Arkansas to clean up ( mostly with a chain saw) after devastating tornados and ice storms. On a local and ongoing level I am blessed to help roof houses with other Mormons and mow yards etc. for the elderly and handicapped members of our community. This past winter we built a Habitat For Humanity house with local Jewish, Muslim and Methodist congregations.