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Hi I'm Greg LaRussa

I'm from Newtown, CT. I love kickboxing, wrestling, ju-jitsu, and forms of martial arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I adore all things nature. I grew up on a Connecticut farm, taking care of horses, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, birds, tilling, planting, etc... Whenever I could, my step-brother and I would venture out into the beautiful Connecticut woods and follow streams, trails, swing on vines, climb trees and boulders, build fires, and go camping. We did all this, mind you, when we weren't finding some new trick to do on our trampoline. We ran out of things to try after a while, and this was after we had back-flipped off the roof our house, landed on the trampoline, and then back-flipped again of the trampoline onto the ground. I also love fighting. I know that sounds strange but I've grown up doing nearly every kind of martial art and grappling style. I've never been in a real fight before, and I would NEVER hurt anyone using what I know. I just love doing it for fun! I'm in college right now, so I don't get to do very much of all of the above but that's ok because I enjoy learning too.

Why I am a Mormon

"If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). This scripture in the New testament has always been very dear to me. In order to know of the truth of this church, you have to live it... and I have lived it. I continue to live it because I know that it is by living by the this doctrine that one can become closest to God and will increase their happiness. My ward is my family and through fun activities, relaxed dinners, deep discussions, sharing testimonies and bonding fellowship, ours is a community that can survive anything the adversary can throw at us. When I first started coming to church, I came back each Sunday and went to the activities because I loved the people in it. They were kind and caring and sincere and were hard workers and were morally pure. I converted to this gospel and will remain a part of its legacy because I live by its teachings and principles and I know of its truth. I know of the Savior's love for me. I know that my prayers are answered. I know that nothing has brought me more joy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments of God the best I possibly can. Obviously this involves abstaining from big sins like killing and stealing but that's really not the part that troubles many people. I live my faith by doing that small and simple things that bless me and those I am around. Be genuine, kind, charitable, loving, hardworking, and just smile. Smiles are powerful things people... I'm also the Ward Mission Leader in my ward. It's a ward at BYU so I keep track of everyone within my ward that needs help physically, emotionally, and spiritually and do my part as best I can to provide for whatever needs they may have. I can't focus so much on non-members and investigators (which is what a Ward Mission Leader everywhere else would do) because there are so few here. Still, living this faith has truly blessed my life and given me such happiness.