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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a husband, father, geologist, and outdoor enthusiast. I'm a Mormon & happy that when 20yrs old I found the church.

About Me

I am a husband, father, geologist, scientist, marketing manager, writer, blogger, cyclist, geek, and exercise and outdoor enthusiast. I grew up in a rural community just outside of New Castle Pennsylvania in a community called Energy or Castlewood. I was the eight of nine children and a Catholic. Up until I was about fourteen our family regularly attended Sunday Mass and I grew up going to CCD classes each Saturday morning. I like to say that the Catholic church prepared me to become a Mormon. The times that I pulled our big family bible of the mantel and read it, I felt the Holy Ghost testifying of the truthfulness of the scripture. The Holy Ghost bears record of the truth, to all. I grew up in a family where money was tight and we did not have many material things. We did have family and I have many good memories. We always had enough to eat though I knew that things were tight. We were a close family and though I did not have some of the material things that my friends and neighbors had, I had the wonderful outdoors. I also had a paper route that allowed me to purchase my own bicycle when I was about 13 years old. When I went to Pennsylvania State University I was exposed to many things, some good and some not so good. After a few years I was invited by my Brother to work a summer in Houston TX and there, just shy of 21 yrs of age, I found and joined the Mormon Church. My life has been richly blessed as a result.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have tested and tried the beliefs and teachings and know them to be of God. I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and know it to be the Word of God. I have felt the inspiration of our living prophet and apostles. I have experimented with the teachings and know that they are inspired of God. There are many opposing views and skeptics in this world, both good and bad done in the name of religion. Many are cynical and dismiss all religions. I stand here as a witness that there is true light and guide that shines true and bright, illuminating the mind and bringing peace and happiness to those that are seeking. I challenge you to read the Book of Mormon and decide for yourself and to experiment with the Word and the Church. Those of you that believe in God and come from other faiths I testify to you that the Mormon church does not take away from the true spirit that you have felt in other churches, it only adds to it. My favorite analogy is to think of your most favorite, sweet and delicious pie. Those pieces that you love and cherish, the reading of God's word and the peace that it brings to your soul, the feelings of serving others, the whispers of the Lord that you feel as you pray, the peace and confidence that you feel as you obey His commandments, all of this remains. What you get is the rest of by pie. The wonderful blessings of additional scripture, words and guidance from a living prophet and twelve apostles, temples on the earth as in ancient times, and so much more.

How I live my faith

Unlike my years growing up as a Catholic, being a Mormon means much more than going to mass every Sunday. Members participate in many, many ways. We are a very close group and those that I attend church with I consider almost like family. Most anyone of them could be called upon in time of need. I currently serve on the church as an Executive Secretary to our Bishop (local leader). I meet with him and other leaders each Sunday and help to keep the Bishop's meeting calendar organized. The Bishop, along with the rest of us the server, are not paid, except for the blessing that the Lord gives us as we donate our time to his kingdom and to serving his children. I've also served as a financial clerk where we handled donations (tithing and offerings) and where I have witnessed the great faith of members and the sacred and careful approach that the church takes towards handling donated funds. We helped many a widow and others that had temporarily fallen on hard times, and exercised a lot of effort to make them self sufficient once again. Assistance is always meant to be temporary and the local leaders assess true needs by visiting the homes of those receiving assistance, helping them with budgeting and job hunting. I wish that our government did something similar.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Greg
Experiment with the word, plant the seed and see if it grows and brings you joy and happiness and see if the Lord whispers to you that it is a good seed. Show more Show less