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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a former educator and accountant. I have a wonderful wife. We've raised six children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Because my father was in the military, each of my five siblings and I were born in separate states in the United States or in a foreign country. At a young age I developed a deep love for freedom and have wished many times that all people in this world could be free to follow their dreams and the dictates of their conscience. My maternal grandfather was a cowboy and a rancher. I loved to spend time at his ranch trying the cowboy way of life. Gramp taught me that goodness and kindness are never outdated and encouraged me to exemplify these traits throughout my life. I met my sweetheart at college. After college I taught school for several years. My wife worked at the local hospital as a nurse. I went back to school and got a degree in accounting. We raised six children and tried to instill in them the same values and morals that our parents and grandparents tried to instill in us. Our children have blessed us with twenty-one grandchildren, one deceased. We see them struggle like we did to put bread on the table and a roof over their heads. We see them work to pass on goodness and love to their children. It's an ongoing cycle, a good cycle, a fulfilling one. I love movies, especially a good western or a values-based romance. I love music. It can stir my soul, probably more than anything else. I love to read for both learning and pleasure. One of my my favorite books is "To Whisper Her Name" by Tamera Alexander.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in the Bible. I believe in prophets. God has always used prophets to reveal His will to His children. Their message has always been for us to repent, to keep the commandments and to believe in Jesus Christ. However, there is another voice calling to us, a voice of evil, the voice of Satan. He hates and opposes everything good that God tries to give us. God has given each of us our agency, our ability to choose which voice we will follow. I believe that God still cares about us, and knowing our need for heaven's guidance, has called prophets in our day to show us the gospel path back to His presence. I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and called him to restore the fulness of the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. I believe that an angel named Moroni, a former inhabitant of the Americas, came to Joseph and showed him an ancient record of God's dealings with His children in the Americas. Joseph translated that record and published it as The Book of Mormon. It is another witness of Christ as Savior and Redeemer of the world. I believe the eleven men who recorded their testimonies that are published in every copy of The Book of Mormon were honest men who were true to their testimonies all their lives. I have read that book numerous times and through prayer and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost to my soul, have come to know that The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. Through that same means, prayer and revelation, I know that other heavenly messengers restored priesthood authority to the earth. Because of that all of God's children, either in this life or the next, will have the opportunity to hear the gospel messsage and accept or reject it. No one will be left out. No one. Christ's church is here again. Prophets have again been called. How gracious is our God!

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I can't separate the two. My faith influences everything I do. I wish I were more perfect so I could always project a true image of my faith. Right now my wife and I are preparing to serve a mission for the Church at the St. George Temple Visitors' Center. We'll be gone for a year, pay our own way, miss our children and grandchildren, but, with God's help, have one of the best experiences of our lives. I serve as a home teacher, one assigned to visit serveral families in our congregation (ward) each month. I try to be a friend to each family, listen to their joys and heartaches, encourage them to never give up, try to brighten their lives, and assist them whenever I can. I have served as a counselor to two bishops. The bishop is the leader of a ward. I hope most of the time the bishop considered me a good support to him, someone he could lean on, delegate assignments to. I've served twice as the leader of a portion of the men in our ward. My counselors and I would make sure that every man had a home teaching assignment. We would stay apprised of the of how each man was doing in fulfilling his assignment to visit his assigned families each month. We would receive reports on how each family was doing and what their needs were. It took a lot of work but it was gratifying to know this was the means God used to care for His children. Another way I live my faith is by loving my wife, children, and grandchildren. I believe that if my family strives to keep God's commandments, we will have the opportunity of living together as a family in the life to come. Nothing would bring me greater joy than to be with those I love for eternity.