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Hi I'm Greg Hosford

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Greg. My wife and I are the parents of five wonderful children, and the grandparents of eight grandchildren. I exercise regularly on a stationary "bicycle" that I have modified to use blowers to both provide the resistance and cool the one exercising. As I exercise, I have read a variety of material, including professional publications, financial planning publications, self and career improvement publications, a foreign language text book, do-it-yourself publications and publications of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In my unstructured time, I often endeavor to learn computer programming languages including Scheme (a dialect of LISP), C and C++.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though, I was born into a family where both parents were members of the Church there was a time when my faith wavered. During my formative years, I lived where I could walk meetings of the Church and was surrounded by others that were members of the Church; and, I dotted most of the "i's", crossed most of the "t's" of the Church. However, as I approached high school graduation I began to doubt. Although I accepted to attend universities in Utah, including BYU, I chose to attend a university in northeastern Ohio, where I had planned to fade into obscurity as far as the Church was concerned. As a result of a confluence of events that only existed for a few months, I saw some aspects of the Church and all the Lord has to offer through it that I had not observed previously. One evening, while trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep, I decided to read the scriptures, doing so had always put me to sleep before. However, this time the scriptures seemed come alive and as I read them more regularly, I received a spiritual manifestation that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. From there it followed that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and God restored His true church through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith. As a result of that manifestation, I chose to serve as a missionary, have since met and married my wonderful wife and had many fulfilling experiences that have served to strengthen that conviction. I have often thought of how my life might have been different had the Lord not intervened to change the course I had planned to pursue. When I do, I am thankful beyond words for the Lord's intervention in my life.

How I live my faith

I endeavor to live my faith by adhering to the principles, teachings and values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes endeavoring to treat others, from all walks of life, with dignity and respect. I endeavor to do this regardless of their background, heritage, beliefs or occupation. I understand that virtually everyone is better at something than I am and virtually everyone can contribute. For example, there was an instance when my wife and I were at the point of cancelling some plans because we could not find someone to watch our two year-old child. That child overheard our conversation and suggested someone who agreed to watch our child. Thus even the suggestion of a two-year old can provide the solution. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with its lay leadership, I have had many opportunities to serve. I have had opportunities to teach children, in addition to my own children, ages eighteen months to eighteen years. I have served in organizations for the men in a given congregation and have served in administrative and congregational leadership capacities. I have served as a Cub Scout Committee Chairman, an Assistant Scout Master and as a Scout Master. I volunteered as a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team of which my youngest son was a member.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Greg Hosford
In regards to the expression "Mormon prophet," I am of the opinion that he is Lord's prophet, or he is not a prophet. We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe and testify that our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ, himself, is the Head of the church that bears his name. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament, is the Word, of whom John wrote in the first chapter of his gospel and that that Jehovah is Jesus Christ. Just as Jehovah, of the Old Testament chose and called prophets such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah... He calls spokesmen today as well. Just as Jehovah called Jeremiah to be a prophet before he was born, (See Jeremiah 1:5), the Savior prepares His servants in this day and age, grooming them for their sacred service from an early age and throughout their lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Greg Hosford
This is a matter I have struggled to understand. After wrestling with it years an impression came to me regarding grace, judgment, salvation and works. To validate that impression, I embarked on a scriptural journey of discovery that lasted about a year. I studied references covering faith, grace, judgment, salvation, work, works and related topics. That scriptural journey verified the impression: “We are saved only by the atoning sacrifice, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ, but we are judged according to our works.” The age-old controversy of salvation by grace or salvation by works vanished. Grace and works are not at odds with each other but are complementary to each other. To my amazement, the scriptural references in the Book of Mormon that testify of the doctrine of salvation by grace are more numerous and more explicit than those in the Bible (See 2 Nephi 2:4, 8, 9:8, 10:24, 25:23, Jacob 4:7, Alma 22:13-14, Moroni 10:32-33). In addition, the Bible has numerous passages regarding our being judged according to our works (See Psalms 62:12, Proverbs 24:12, Matthew 16:27, Romans 2:5-10, 1 Corinthians 3:8, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Galatians 6:7, 1 Peter 1:17, Revelation 2:23, 20:12-13, 22:12). The Book of Mormon also has many such passages; however, I have referred only to Biblical passages to illustrate that the Bible unmistakably testifies that we will be judged according to our works. Thus, we are saved by grace and judged according to our works. Show more Show less