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Hi I'm Byron G

I grew up in Florida, joined the Navy then worked in power plants while I raised my family. Now I enjoy retirement. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Florida, my teenage years through the 1960's. I went to Southern Baptist Sunday School where I learned Bible stories and a basic faith in Jesus. Through the '60's, there was much turbulence in our country. We came together in grief as a nation as political leaders were slain, tensions over human rights were high and then our government decided to go to war. There were many challenges as the pull of waywardness seemed strong and yet patriotism and family values were still considered the best values. The music of the '60's reflected much of this, the music was the greatest! Songs were written to reflect conditions, sometimes protest, sometimes praise and love songs were really about love and you could understand the words! One song above all impacted my life, as I had stopped going to church in my teen years, a song taken from the book of Ecclesiastes about the times and seasons of life. As I reflected on this great message from the Bible, I decided to live my life to the law of times and seasons, accepting this as one of God's great laws. I would join the Navy and begin my training as an electrician. My duty assignments took me to a strange place for a sailor, Idaho Falls, Idaho! Here I meet a Mormon girl on a blind date. We were married a little over a year later in the Ogden Temple. We are now retired, married over 40 years with 5 children and several grandchildren. I have a sailboat I'm rebuilding and like photography.

Why I am a Mormon

My early religious exposure was limited, I had accepted in my heart some of the basic laws of God, the law of times and seasons, that family was important, that the creator of the universe had a plan for everyone in it, including me. I made a decision to join the Navy and certain decisions about my future behavior: I would not get drunk, I would not use tobacco, I wanted to start a family. Little did I know, the Lord was preparing me with promptings from the spirit to make these decisions. All the while, I thought I was just having good ideas! I needed to qualify to operate Naval nuclear power plants. This took me to the town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. On a blind date, I went out with a girl who had just graduated from high school. She was a Mormon! As I listened to her discussions on the Mormon faith, my initial skepticism faded as I heard the wonderful plan for families. I knew the Bible had some amazing stories and prophecies and I went on faith that if the Bible was true, then there could be other scriptures for our day. As I showed respect for the Mormon beliefs and culture, I began to feel a testimony that these teachings were true. On faith, I was baptized and began my path to an eventual marriage to this young lady in a temple sealing ceremony. I began to live my life as a Mormon. Many years went by and I fell away from the church for a period of years. Sins had come upon me and I knew I was not living to the gospel teachings. My confessions were painful to make and though I made them, I left the church. It took me some time to resolve myself that the Lord wanted me back and would forgive my sins. It was in the presence of a dear friend with whom I wanted to share the gospel, I realized there was work in the kingdom to be done and in great humility, I offered my prayers to God and I came back to the church. The blessings since then have been enormous and I know I will never leave again. The kingdom of God is truly at hand and I want to help build it!

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I attend several meetings each Sunday, to partake of the Sacrament as blessed by the Priesthood, learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and fellowship with members of the church. I stand in occasionally to teach the adult Sunday School class. As I'm retired, I am readily on call for opportunities to help members move, prepare the chapel for special meetings or events and go out with the missionaries to help present the gospel to those who are learning about the church. I provide 'tech' support for my wife in her church functions when she needs computer programs set up or printing accomplished. We both enjoy having the missionaries over at least weekly for dinner as they bring a special spirit and always a true gospel message into our home.