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Hi I'm Gordon

I'm from Oregon. I enjoyed multiple careers: a US Army Captain; Hospital Admin; LDS Church Education; now Retired. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 67 years old: Past 49 year update: High School Graduation - 1965 1 yr - College, BYU 2 yrs - Brazil - Mormon Missionary 3 yrs - BYU - BS - Zoology, pre-med sciences 6 yrs - Captain, US Army - Medical Service Corps MA - Pacific Lutheran University, WA 15 yrs - Healthcare Administration - Dallas, TX; Portland, OR MS - Abilene Christian University, TX 20 yrs - Religious Educator, Church Education System: Seminaries and Institutes, Oregon City, OR Retired since June 2012 thru 2014

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, initially, because my parents were. But as with each of us, a reckoning with core beliefs, and in a supreme being backs us all up to the wall of faith. What do we believe in, and why? To me true religion has to involve the same standard in personal and public living. I have to be the same person in private as I am in public--same standards, same beliefs, same behaviors. I sought out others who lived and believed the same way. I found this in the Christian theology. No other religious founder (Jesus Christ) professed he would overcome death, and did. But further, I needed answers: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after death? The very church I was raised in answers these questions. I investigated other religions but found more comprehensive answers within the LDS or Mormon faith. Since Christ was the founder of the church that holds my core beliefs, I compared His church with that of today--does it have 12 apostles, as his did; does it have prophets, as did his; does it carry his name? Yes, came the answers. Then came experiences with the Spirit of the Lord, a personal knowledge of eternal truths, that was revealed to me personally, sacredly, through searching the scriptures and through prayer. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Over the years, as a Mormon, I have been involved as a scout master, Sunday School teacher, assisted with youth conferences, planned social gatherings, taught adult education, sung in choir, as a public speaker, served in the community as a boy scout liaison. My friends within the church have been the best: high values, honest, loving spouses, service oriented and just fun to be around. Within these friendships have come basketball colleagues, soft-ball buddies, golf foursomes, concerned counselors, caring neighbors, down to earth, rock-solid people.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

I have been married 44 years to the same wonderful woman. How, in this day and age is this accomplished? We have the same values, we pray together, we trust each other, we do things together--travel, house work, yard work, dine out, date. Sure, it takes a high degree of mutual toleration for each other from time to time, but the secret is to be grateful to the Lord and to each other for this adventurous mortal ride, and that we have it together. Show more Show less