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Hi I'm Greg

I was born and raised in Yuba City, California and now live in Perry, Utah. I love to fly fish and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm happily married to the most wonderful woman in the world and am the father of three children (two boys and a girl). I'm a commercial banker by profession for a major national bank with an office located in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a long day at work and an hour commute home, I love to just sit and visit with my wife and youngest son (the two older children are now out on their own - one working and one in college), watch an episode of River Monsters or NCIS, or just read. On Saturdays, when I'm not working in the yard or cleaning the garage (I'm a little OCD when it comes to MY garage), I'm on some river fly fishing! My step-father taught me to fly fish when I was 12 and it has stuck with me ever since. My favorite fisheries are the Green River in Utah and the Northeast section of Yellowstone Park.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Church"). My mother had me baptized as an infant in the Presbyterian. However after age seven or eight, we stopped attending. Over the years, religion was not important to me. However, at age 20, I met a girl who was a Mormon. She introduced me to the Church by taking me to a "Fast and Testimony" meeting. In this meeting the members of the congregation are provided the opportunity to share their feelings about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I remembered thinking to myself in that meeting that I would like to live the way the Mormons lived. I decided to listen to the missionaries. Although I didn't understand much of what they said, I felt something special. I decided to quit drinking alcohol and chewing tobacco. During our discussions I learned that I was a son of a loving Heavenly Father and that I lived with Him before I was born in this life and that I had come to earth for a purpose. I learned that through the atonement of His son, Jesus Christ, I could be forgiven of my sins. I learned that if I kept His commandments I could return home to live with Him again someday. Upon learning this, I felt that I had "come home". It rang true to me and I decided to be baptized. Two years later I found myself serving as a missionary in Chile, helping others discover the same truths I had found. I am so grateful for my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been the greatest blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

Sunday worship is very important to me. If I miss church on any given week, due to travel or illness, I can tell that something is amiss in my life. Preparing for and partaking of the sacrament each week provides a spiritual rejuvenation that nothing else can provide. In my 30 years as a member of the Church, I've served others in numerous ways. At present I'm serving as the ward Sunday School President. As such, I oversee the gospel instruction of both youth and adults each Sunday. It's a wonderful way to serve others, as I get to interact with wonderful teachers on a weekly basis and help them improve their teaching skills to enable them to be more effective in teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to Sunday worship I try to live my religion each day by being hard working and honest in my dealings with others. I start and end each day with personal prayer and scripture study. I'm certainly not perfect and I make many mistakes, but as I repent on a daily basis and try to keep God's commandments, I feel closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, which gives me great peace in a very troubled world. My wife and I try to teach our children these same truths through daily family prayer and scripture study. By doing these things, along with wholesome recreational activities like swimming, camping, fishing and hiking, we draw closer together as a family and help our children form solid foundations for their adult lives.