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Hi I'm Gary Nelson

I'm a sports official and a pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud dad of two amazing children with one on the way. I married an amazing woman. I grew up in southern California, i.e. San Diego - I do miss the surf and beach. I have friends of all faiths and we all supported each other while growing up. I am a sports official and a pilot. I enjoy staying in shape and being a dad and a husband. I continue to participate in many sports. I am a proud graduate of BYU. Injury prevented me from playing sports on the collegiate level; however I was able to be a part of the BYU Ballroom & Folk Dance Teams. My favorite past-time is water-skiing. My favorite vacation spot is Lake Powell. One of my fondest memories were the Polynesian pig roasts on the beaches of San Diego and surfing with my friends. I served a mission in England - Leeds - up north; which solidified my testimony of the gospel. And yes, I do have a British drivers license. I moved to Bountiful, Utah while I was in high school - yes it was hard at first - very different from what I was used to - however, I have made life long friends there too. I now live in Salt Lake City with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? It helps that I grew up in the faith, however, that is no guarantee of conversion or standard of faith. I still had to find out for myself whether or not the church is true. My conversion came in steps. Usually in small ones, but on occasions - giant leaps. I have had to deal with adversity, temptation, questions of faith - just like everyone else. I am not perfect by any means, but I know that if I continue to improve myself daily, I get stronger and become a better person for it. To answer the question directly, I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true - irregardless of my faults or the faults of others doesn't change the fact of its truthfulness. I have felt the personal Love of my Father in Heaven on to many occasions not to know what it is. I have been healed by His gift of the power of the Priesthood through the channels of faith many times. I know His call for me. I know firsthand the gift of His Son, our Savior and His Atonement which heals broken hearts and wounded souls.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the best person that I can even with my faults. I enjoy helping and having fun with young people - yes including the teenager and young adult. I try to learn as much as I can about the principles of my faith, how they teach me and others, and how they apply to life's daily stride. I also strive to just be a friend without boundaries or limitations. I know from experience how important that is no matter where we are or with whom it maybe. You never know when your friendship will have an effect for good.