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Hi I'm Gregory Cochran

Due to my fathers work we moved a lot. We finally settled in a small town in eastern Utah. I learned to love God and life.

About Me

My wife and I have raised 6 children who are now all married and having children of their own. I am amazed at the joy they bring into my life. I really enjoy being with them but also enjoy machines. I love spending the summer on the lake in our boat. I seem to have a problem with speed. I like things that go fast. my wife tolerates me very well and in fact even seems to enjoy going fast in the boat. The same can not be said for when I take her on my motorcycle. I have been pinched and punch more times than you can imagine when I have exceeded what she felt was an appropriate method for passing. It seems most things I own have a turbo or super charger to aid in the need for speed. My son and I built a hot rod out of an 89 short wheel base chevy pickup. It has a small block 400 with a whipple supercharger. More fun than any amusement ride.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Mormon church but still had to find out for myself if it was really true. I remember reading an article about Mormon runners and how they each had a crisis of their faith(a need to find out for themselves if it were true). I remember coming to a conclusion that I really did not know if the church were true. I decided I needed to read the Book of Mormon and find out for myself. I read most of the day long for 3 days(I am not a fast reader). I had gotten most of the way through the book and felt like I had shown the Lord that I deserved to know if it were true. I decided to kneel down and pray and that I would not get up until I had received a confirmation from the Lord. I prayed and prayed and prayed. I believed I would hear a voice of some monumental thing. The longer I prayed the more confused I got. I finally gave up in despair and was convinced the the Book of Mormon was not true and along that the church was not either. I retired to my bed and had one of the longest and most restless nights of my life. I got up the next morning feeling in my heart that what I had committed to and been all my life was not true. For some reason I picked up the Book of Mormon and walked into the living room where I sat down and opened the book. As I did so I felt a burning in my heart and soul which I had not expected either how it happened or when. As I recall this event in my life I marvel at Gods wisdom and mercy. He did not answer when I wanted nor in the way that I expected. He answered when I had proven I wanted to know and in a way that I have never been able to deny. There have been many times as I have gone through life that I have remembered the answer to my prayer and it has given me the strength to keep moving forward and not waiver. God does live and he answers our prayers, I bear that witness in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

How I live my faith

I enjoy many things but the thing that means the most to me is my family. I have worked in many callings in the church most of which have something to do with the youth. I am currently serving as the Young Men's president for the third time and there is nothing I would rather do. I have the chance to do fun and meaningful things with great young men and actually call it my church responsibilities. I know it is tough but someone has to do it. I have taken young men between the ages of 16 and 18 to Lake Powell 14 different years and have had some great times. We ski, wake board, surf, tube, snorkel, and do many things which are fun but it gives us the chance to get to know the young men and then to have opportunities to talk of God and his son Jesus Christ, of our relationship with them and why it is important to us. It never ceases to amaze me how we can have such a great time and yet come home closer to each other and closer to God. I am so grateful for the strength, peace and direction which my beliefs and faith have brought into my life, and especially how it has given unity and strength to my marriage. I feel so blessed and wonder why the Lord has been so kind to me. My greatest want it to be together forever as a family and to be able to share the joy the gospel has given me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Gregory Cochran
No, they are not required but are encouraged. When most people leave for a mission, they have no idea how hard it can be, how rewarding it will be and how much they will grow. The experience gained can not be found in many other experiences especially in the short time one is asked to give. As a bonus, it is one of the funnest times I have had during my life. Show more Show less