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Hi I'm Greg

I was born & raised in Salt Lake City; served a mission in Seoul, South Korea; I am a son, husband, and father; and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am full of energy, spunk, and have a very sarcastic personality. I am 27 years old; I am a husband to the most amazing woman; and the father of two amazing children. I attended the University of Utah and studied pre-med and pre-dental; transferred to Utah State University to continue my pre-med and pre-dental education, graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts, BA. I then moved my wife, almost 2 year old son, and 6 seek old daughter from Logan, Utah to Asheville, North Carolina, where we currently reside while I continue my education. There was a shift from pre-med and pre-dental into social work. I am pursuing my MSW, and will follow it up with my licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and serve individuals in need of mental health services, who have a co-occurring substance abuse issue. I hope to work with adolescents, teenagers, and young adults in a "sibling support" program for individuals who have experienced a traumatic loss of a brother or sister. I lost my little brother and best friend when I was 17, a time of difficult transitions and soul-searching. It was not easy for me, and I did not receive, nor did I pursue, the help that I desperately needed at the time. It's a wonder how I made it to this point with what I experienced during those developmental years. I want to be the support and advocate for these individuals, and help them receive the treatment that I needed, but did not obtain. I am Greg. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer is "I am a Mormon because my parents are Mormon, I was raised Mormon, and my wife is Mormon." This only takes me so far and being a Mormon is more than being told, or following blindly. It is easy to see that I am a follower if you were to take a look at my life and where I have come from. The real answer is simple: I am a Mormon because I want to. The lifestyle I live is different from the general population, as well as the majority of the people I am surrounded with each and every day. I am a Mormon because I believe and am confident in my belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus Christ is my brother, my Savior, and without this knowledge, I would not have been able to become who I am today. The opportunities that I have had as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have shaped who I am and the person I will become as time passes. I am a Mormon because of the support that I have found in my family through struggles and trials. My family was close growing up, but when we faced the loss of my our little brother, our family became more. Through the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I now know and better understand the eternal families and the knowledge and assurity that we will see our little brother again, and we will all be together again. If I were to express to the world the reason I am Mormon, I would impress upon them the perspective and promise of forever families. It has been an incredible strength to me both as a teenager, and now as a husband and father. Bringing children into such an evil world was difficult. I am unsure of what the future holds for my children, and grandchildren, but I can do everything I can now to prepare them for the world they may face as they grow up. The world will only become worse, more disgusting, and evil, and it is through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that we find that safety and security from the outside.

How I live my faith

I am in a member of a local unit, called a ward, in Asheville, NC. I enjoy and am responsibile for serving all young adult male, the brethren, in the ward and assist them in fulfilling their parental and priesthood responsibilities within the church, but more importantly within their individual families. These brethren are part of the Elder's Quorum. It has been extremely rewarding to be able to connect each week with the humble brothers in the ward, sit with them and have discussions, rather than lectures, and hear their powerful testimonies of our Lord and Savior. It has been an eye-opening experience to hear the stories of others in the ward and witness change, both for better and for worse. I have been surprised at the difference between the members of the church. "Asheville Mormons," a term I have coined during my time here, don't care where you come from, what you drive, where you live, or how your opinions, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings differ. Asheville is accepting and loving. I am proud to call myself a Latter-day Saint, I am eager to reach out to others here in North Carolina and share my testimony and knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and share with others the blessing it has been in my life and promise them that they too can experience the joy! The gospel is the same no matter where you go, but the individuals you are involved with, whether they are teaching lessons and leading discussions, caring for the primary and nursery children, or are in the Bishopric or Stake Presidency, make all the difference. I have had incredible opportunities to share the gospel with co-workers and colleagues. I am the only Mormon at my place of employment, as well as within my master's program. I am different, and I am able to be the light of Christ in the lives of others by simply being me, and living the life that I have been taught. Not only am I able to be an example to others in the community, but also my children watch me all day and mirror my actions.