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Hi I'm George

I am a Mormon. I was a convert to the Church in my senior year while living not far from Palmyra, New York.

About Me

After high school I was a missionary for the Church to Berlin, Germany. Upon returning I graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. This helped me start my own company specializing in printing and packaging. It has provided me and my family security for over 40 years. I am the father for four children by my first marriage. My wife of 43 years passed away in 2010 of cancer. We raised our family outside San Francisco. Since then I have remarried a wonderful woman who lost her husband a few years ago. Together we share 40 grandchildren. I love to dabble in photography, antiques and golf. But my greatest love is in family history. We recently completed a mission in the Family History Library.

Why I am a Mormon

In my youth I always felt a need to go to church. As my mother and father at that time had no active participation in any church I found myself accepting the invitation from a neighbor to attend their protestant church on Sundays. They even had an old school bus that picked me up in front of my house each Sunday. I will always be grateful for their kindness and support. They built a strong fundamental foundation about Christ in me. But even then I had unanswered question about who I was and where I was going in life. My mother became interested in Mormonism at about that time after reading a few pamphlets about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel. I remember my grandmother sending a copy of the Book of Mormon to my mother. She eagerly read and reread it in the evenings. She knew then that this was the true church. But it was my father who never said a word during that time who filled out a referral card that brought the missionaries to our home. They arrived at our home in mid August 1960. By November we all were baptized. None of us ever doubted the testimonies of these fine elders. Since then we have remained active and extremely happy for the joys that our conversion have brought into our homes.

How I live my faith

Since our conversion in 1960 of my whole family of mother, father and my three brothers I have spent my life in various callings and assignments in the Church. First was a full-time mission to at the time a politically very unstable Berlin, Germany for two and a half years. Upon return I started college at a small community college in New York. I then finished with a BA degree from Brigham Young University. I did so as a married student. My wife kept us going as an elementary school teacher. Since then I have had the blessing of serving in three bishoprics, once as bishop, and two stake presidencies. The stake presidency was for almost 17 continuous years. I remember taking my youngest daughter up to Ricks College for her first year. On the trip she asked me, "What other callings have you ever had in the Church Dad?" Then it dawned on me that for her entire youth that was my only calling. My other callings have been as a counselor in a mission presidency, seminary teacher, scout master, other youth oriented callings and as a temple ordinance worker. I am most proud of receiving the Boy Scout's Silver Beaver award. To me there was no greater joy and satisfaction than working to improve the lives of our young men. I still receive letters from them even as far away as Russia. My wife and I have just completed a mission to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. As a first generation Mormon I have much work to do in family history on my family lines. I felt this was the best way to get started. My last calling was as an assistant in our high priest group. All these callings have been a great blessing to me. They have kept me and my family always pointed in the right direction. They have given me great satisfaction and joy through the years knowing I am doing the Lord's work .