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Hi I'm Gerald

I was born in Germany, a naturalized US Citizen, and I am a convert.

About Me

I was adopted from a German orphanage when I was just 3 months old. My Father was in the Military (U.S. Army), and was stationed in Wildflecken. Growing up, I moved about every 3 years. Our first station after Germany was in Governors Island, New York, then to Fort Ord, California, then to MacDill A.F.B. Florida. My Dad retired from the Army in 1972, we were living in Tampa Florida at that time. We were going to move to California, but stopped in Utah to see my Aunt (my Mother's sister). We liked the area so much, we moved here, where I still live today. I met my wife Susan on a blind date. I have two beautiful adopted daughters. I have a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Technology.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the time I moved to Utah. So, the "Seventies" would come by every so often and tell me there were a couple of "Elders" (Missionaries) that would love to teach me about the Gospel. I turned down their invitations for 12 years, until one day, they told me there were a couple of "Sister" Missionaries, would I be interested in hearing about the Gospel from them? I was "then" dating my "now" wife, and since she was a non-active member, we both took the Missionary discussions. Listening to the Missionaries tell me about the Restored Gospel, and feeling the Spirit there, the most profound feeling came over me, it felt as if it were like "coming home", a very familiar presence was in that little humble room, and witnessed to me that I was hearing truth. I did face great tribulation at being Baptized, but knew it was what I must do, to show my Heavenly Father I loved Him, and wanted to follow His Son's example. Before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I was a heavy smoker, drinker, and was using drugs. Looking back, about 6 months before I was introduced to the Missionaries, I had a desire to quit smoking, so I quit!, I quit drinking!, I stopped my drug use. I did not know why at the time, I just wanted to rid myself of these vices. When I finally met the Sister Missionaries, I then knew "why", I was being prepared, and preparing myself for baptism. Heavenly Father gave me strength to overcome my weaknesses, and knowledge of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel.

How I live my faith

Since being Baptized, I have served in many callings. I have been a Ward Membership Clerk, Executive Secrerary to the Bishop, Primary Teacher, Blazer Teacher, Finance Clerk, High Priest Group Leader, High Priest Group Secretary, Ward Sunday School President, Sunday School Teacher, High Priest Group 2nd Assistant, Stake Sunday School 2nd Councelor. I currently serve as a Ward Family History Consultant. I value my calling as a Home Teacher, I have been able to serve others with great joy, I know that this is how our Heavenly Father shepherds his flock. We are all Shepherds to anyone who requires help, aid, peace, love, a helping hand, a listening ear, a kind heart. Through our Savior Jesus Christ, we take upon ourselves, His Name, and Serve as He did. Jesus Christ gave all He had for us, individually as well as ALL of Heavenly Fathers Children whom ever were, or who will yet be upon this earth, the Infinite Atonement was accomplished at a Great Price, but was freely given for each and every one of us. The ONLY way this may be attempted to be repaid on our part, is to give complete and selfless service to those around us. This is what Jesus Christ, Savior of the World did through His example. It is by doing the little things, all the time, for those around us, that brings me closer to knowing who my Heavenly Father is, and who His Son, Jesus Christ really are, and understanding to a point of why I need to keep myself near to the Spirit, so I may be closer to them, and be more like them.