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Hi I'm Gene

I grew up a Mormon in Utah. I was baptized at eight and converted at 23. It has been a great 50 years since then.

About Me

I am the father of 8 children, grandfather of 28 and great grandfather to one. I have been a political junkie most of my life and have served in several elected positions in my community. In addition, my wife and I have served two full-time missions, a service mission in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, and are just leaving on our 3rd full-time mission. All of this because of the testimony I gained at the age of 23. Although I was baptized at 8, during my teenage years in the Mormon Church I was mostly inactive. It was while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps that I felt a desire for a religious connection but, that allowed a more liberal lifestyle. I searched several religious denominations but, the doctrine didn't come together for me. Therefore, I decided to learn what Mormons believe. I realized that although, I was baptized at eight, I had never studied the doctrine. As soon as I started studying, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that I needed to return to activity in the Mormon Church. That was 50 years ago and I have never regretted it.

Why I am a Mormon

There was a time when I subscribed to the eat, drink and be merry philosophy that the world looks at as happiness. I learned that in the end it was never happiness but, all sadness. I thought, surely there must be more to life than this. After a great deal of soul searching I decided to change my life and put it in the Lords hands, as I was not doing so good on my own. However, in the beginning I didn't have much hope. It took a lot of prayer and study to realize what the atonement of the Savior was all about and to gain the hope that I could really be forgiven and start my life anew. I have come to learn what a modern day apostle has said; "Living the gospel is not hard. Not living it is what's hard". (Elder David Bednar)

How I live my faith

Because of my inactivity in the Church as a young man, I promised the Lord that I would try to serve Him the rest of my days. He has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him in many of the leadership positions within the Church My wife and I have had the privilege of serving of the Lord on two full-time missions, a service mission in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, and are just leaving on our 3rd full-time mission. All of this because of the testimony I gained at the age of 23.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Gene
As a missionary in the addiction recovery program I heard many stories from people who came to meetings to recover from pornography addiction. The common element in all of these people was that it began when they were young. Usually pornography viewing started pre-teen and was viewed away from home. Parents, along with teaching good gospel principles, need to be straight forward in speaking with their children, early on, about what pornography is and the addictive dangers. Don't be afraid to be forthright in how you discuss it with them. You should also be frequently talking with your children about their friends. There is also an increase of pornography use among women so, a sensitive approach among girls should be considered as well. Show more Show less