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Hi I'm Gregg

I'm a wrestler. I love the mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, into the LDS (Mormon) faith, but lived in one of the Northern contiguous states as a child. The diversity of the people I met impressed on me the importance of understanding and communicating with all groups of people. When I moved back to Utah late in elementary school, I felt lost and confused. I didn't know how to communicate with so many people who shared my heritage and culture, but hardly any of my life experiences. Eventually, I found a way to communicate, though friendly competition. I love rough sports, and I joined the Junior High wrestling team. I was terrible, but I stuck with it until I won Varsity and later became a team captain. Wrestling through high school I learned to be confident, but humble, and to never take anyone at face value. The toughest, meanest wrestler on the mat often is also the most honorable, respectful, teachable and hard-working person in the practice room, or in the hallway, or on the street. I'm in college now, and I don't have a chance to wrestle much anymore, except with my tough little brother. The lessons I have learned through the sport have stuck with me though. Never take anyone at face value, never write anyone off as irrelevant, never give up, never stop learning, and always strive to be as strong a person off the mat as I wish to be as a competitor on the mat. As Socrates said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this religion, and for a long time I didn't think much about my own commitment and faith. Heavenly Father was watching out for me though, and He blessed me with good friends with a strong confidence in the Savior and in the LDS faith. Through their examples I learned how to strengthen my own faith and come closer to Christ. My belief became something real and living, rather than a repetition of a lifelong pattern. My friends and my family also became a support for me when I struggled with doubts and fears during trying times, and because of this support I learned and grew closer to my Savior. I now know with surety that this church and all of its teachings are true. I know my Savior loves me and knows me as an individual, and that He will help and guide me through the Holy Spirit if I ask and live in righteousness. I know that Jesus lived, that He suffered for the sins of mankind, and overcame the barrier of death through the resurrection, and that He lives today. He has established His church once again on the earth, by a restoration accomplished through the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., who I know was a true prophet. I know that the power and authority to act in God's name, the priesthood, is on the earth again today because of this prophet's actions and faithfulness, and that there is still a living prophet leading this church today, even Thomas S. Monson. I know that President Monson and the other leaders of the church teach truth from our Father in Heaven, and lead His church by His instruction. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true and that they hold the words of true prophets, and that through reading, pondering, and prayer on the Book of Mormon that I can come closer to Christ and grow in faith. I also know that by doing this, with a desire to know, all people can learn of the Book of Mormon's truthfulness. I know that through obedience to God's plan my family can be together forever and return to live with our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday my family and I attend church services at the local LDS meetinghouse, about two blocks away from our home. Our first meeting, the Sacrament service, is one of my favorite parts of attending church. I enjoy seeing my friends and neighbors speak and teach during the meeting, and I recently had the opportunity to speak myself. I am preparing to serve as a missionary for my faith, and was asked to speak on the call to do missionary work. Later, after this meeting, I attend a Sunday school class, where we study and discuss how to live the principles Christ taught. After this class I go with a group of younger men from my ward for another lesson, this one focused on fulfilling my responsibilities in the ward and helping my neighbors. My main responsibility is to visit certain members of the congregation, see if they need any help, and present a lesson from the gospel. We call this home teaching. Also, I am on call at all times in case one of the families I am responsible for visiting has an emergency or needs help. As I mentioned before, I am preparing to serve as a Mormon missionary. I have spent most of my life saving money so that I may support myself for the time I will dedicate to the Lord's work. When I leave home to serve, I will spend two years entirely focused on teaching the gospel and sharing my religion with others.

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