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Hi I'm Gregory

I am from Pocatello, Idaho. I am a musician, a poet, and a leader. I served a mission in South Africa. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Pocatello, ID and am the youngest of three boys. The oldest is a music teacher, and the other is an accountant. We grew up singing barbershop quartet music with my dad, who always taught us to develop our talents. Among our family, we also play the piano, cello, violin, viola, bass, trombone, trumpet, euphonium, accordion, and other instruments that we happen to pick up and play. I am currently a student at Brigham Young University- Idaho, where I am studying to be an optometrist. I love music, and recently toured in Ghana with the BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers. It was so wonderful to be back in Africa, and reminded me so much of the two years that I spent as a missionary in South Africa and Namibia. I love people, I love serving people, and I love seeing people’s lives become happier and brighter as they begin to live by the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me how to pray and to read the scriptures at an early age. The Gospel was taught in our home, and I also learned each week as I went to church. The principles were sometimes confusing, and I remember wondering if all the pieces of this huge puzzle would eventually come together. Well, they did. One week at church, I was asked to give a presentation in front of the other kids, but when Sunday came, I had forgotten to prepare. The rule was that if you forget, then you can share your testimony instead. I had heard the other kids say that they knew that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, but I couldn’t say that I knew quite yet. Instead, I shared that “I believe that the church is led by God, and I believe that the Book of Mormon is true, and I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet.” As I said these things, I felt a powerfully overwhelming feeling of love and goodness, as if it were coming straight from heaven. I knew that what I had said was true, and that God was pleased with the direction in which my life was going. As my understanding of the Gospel has grown, I have prayed many times to ask God if certain principles are correct, and the same overwhelming witness from heaven confirms to me that they are. As often as I have fixed my actions in accordance with the scriptures and the teachings of the living prophets, my life has been peacefully guided, and I know that I am doing what God wants me to do. There is great happiness and peace in living this way, which is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I start and end every day with a prayer to thank Heavenly Father for the ways that I have seen Him help me throughout the day, and I also ask for help to bless and lift others. I also study from the scriptures every day, including the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. As I read from them, I find great insight as to how I should be living and how I can improve my life to be more in line with the commandments of God. This brings me great happiness. At church and every day, I try to know everyone’s name, and I always look out for those who look like they need a friend. I know what it feels like to think that I just can't measure up to the Christian values that are taught, or that God’s commandments are too difficult to keep, or that I don't fit in with the others around me. Because I know how difficult it can be, I do my best to lift and to inspire those around me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ fills hearts with joy! When people begin to understand and know for themselves the nature of God and His love for us and the purpose of trials and the joy of living the Gospel, all these “problems” melt away and instead there are hearts of inspiration and gratitude. I love seeing that change in others more than anything else.