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Hi I'm George Stoll

I live in Florida but have lived in Salt Lake, Illinois, and New York. I am married, a teacher, love to ski, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I lived in Utah much of my adult years and am now enjoying living with 2 of our children here in Florida. My older children are living in the west going to school. My wife and I have been married for nearly 27 years and have a happy and healthy relationship. We love spending time with our family, we enjoy vacationing, boating, and watching movies together. Moving away from somewhere you lived for over 30 years has caused us to grow closer together and learn to enjoy one another even more. The culture is different, we don't have the close friends nearby we once enjoyed, and we're finding happiness in having less than we did before. I teach at the university and love opportunities to serve others. I am grateful to be employed as I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always known the church was the right thing, but I have always believed it was the right thing. In high school I didn't want to read scriptures and do the things I needed to do in order to know for myself. I didn't do bad things, I was just lazy I guess. But eventually I needed to know for myself, everyone told me if I read the Book of Mormon I would gain a testimony. I read it, I prayed, and nothing happened, I read it again, and again no answer. I received my calling to serve as a full time missionary and told my leaders that I still didn't have a testimony. They promised if I did certain things, I would gain a testimony and know. Everything I did, and I did everything that was asked of me, didn't result in my receiving an answer to my prayers. At least until after I had been serving on my mission for about a month. I was still praying and asking for an answer, I was fasting, I was pleading for an answer. Eventually a very sweet and prolonged answer came. I confidently say I received a witness and a spiritual confirmation that the church was true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon was e word of God. I didn't see any vision or heavenly visitations, but I came to know that God does eventually answer. Sometimes one must be persistent. I believe I know why it took so long for me to get an answer. I felt a strong spiritual prompting to ask God to know years before I eventually received my witness. I refused to ask because I was too tired. I insisted on asking at another time. I have learned that one doesn't earn spiritual gifts, God is the giver of spiritual gifts, and we are to take council from him, we shouldn't try to council Him. I'm grateful for that lesson.

How I live my faith

In the past I have been active in church service. I have led a congregation, served in administrative and leadership capacities, but mostly spent my time working with youth groups. I have complained a bit when I get to busy, but I honestly enjoy being busy and useful in being with others who need friendship. The gospel of Jesus Christ defines who I am.