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Hi I'm George

I'm a mental health therapist, a substitute college teacher, a husband, expectant father, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Houston Texas. I loved to work on cars and avoid homework. I moved to Utah to go to college where I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Looking at the list of majors, I chose one based on a process of elimination-- I wasn't go at much of anything except that I loved people and helping people with their problems. I ended up with a BS in Clinical and Developmental Psychology with a minor in Business Management. I moved to Salt Lake City and earned a MSW degree (Masters of Social Work). I always had a thing for redheads and saw one in my first class in graduate school. We dated and got married during school which get pretty hectic. We managed to graduate and I got a job offer at the state hospital in Wyoming. I never thought I'd live here!! But I love the work and I love my wife. We are currently expecting our first child next April and we are thrilled. It's been a crazy few years for us.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad grew up with out much religion as a farmer in central Texas. My mom was born to a Methodist mother and a Jewish father in southeast Texas. They both were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when 18 or 19. They joined the church and met each other shortly afterwards. My sibilings and I were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ from a young age. We were also taught that as we got older, we needed to discover if we believed His teachings for ourselves and not just because our parents old us so. That requires a simple but sincere process of learning the teachings, pondering over it, and asking God in prayer if it is true. If it is, you feel an unmistakable feeling called the Holy Spirit. Some feel a warmth in thier heart, others feel peaceful, while others still feel more of a hot burning. Your mind becomes more clear and you feel that it is correct. The Holy Spirits job is to let you know that what you are reading and hearing is true or not. You can know if it is true independent of your friends, parents, or missionaries. It's one way God shows up that He has a relationship directly with you.

How I live my faith

A missionary was explaining the temple to ministers of other faiths. One minister said, "I don't see any crosses on your buildings. If you do not use a cross as the symbol of your Christian faith, what do you use?" The missionary explained that the symbol of our faith is the lives and works of the members of the Church. The Bible teaches that faith without works is dead. If we believe someone, but do not do it, then it is not helping us live happier more meaningful lives. Secondly, the Bible teaches that "by thier fruits ye shall know them". I try to live my life in such a way that you could watch me and know what I believe. I serve others freely. I pray in private to my Heavenly Father to express gratitude for my life as well as to ask my Father for guidance. I give money to the poor. I treat myself and others with respect and dignity as my brothers and sisters. I do not swear or drink or smoke. I try to take care of my body (although I do not eat quite as healthy or excercise as I should). And because I have found the Gospel to make such a night and day difference in how happy I am in my life, I am eager to invite others to learn more about it and try it for themselves.