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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a devoted husband and father of two. I love sports and learning, particularly about business. I'm happy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an accountant at a Big 4 accounting firm. While it's exciting and challenging work, it's only my day job. My greatest fulfillment comes from my family. Seeing life through the eyes of my two children is refreshing and thrilling. I love to play sports of all kinds with my wife and friends including basketball, racquetball, and ultimate frisbee. I'm an avid reader, particularly historical fiction and mysteries. I love making people happy by making them laugh and also by listening to them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised by parents who are Mormons, but that is only one of the reasons I'm a practicing Mormon. While I was preparing to serve a two year Mormon mission, I thought to myself, "How can I go preach about something I don't know for myself?" I had always believed the Book of Mormon was true, but it wasn't until I sincerely read and prayed to Heavenly Father to know for myself that I began to really feel and know that it was true. Since then, my motivation to be a Mormon has come less from my upbringing and more from within.

How I live my faith

Sundays are a wonderful time for me to take a break from work and the daily grind to renew myself with worship and my association with others at church and in their homes. While much of the time I spend doing church-related activities is on Sundays, I don't forget about my beliefs and values from Monday to Saturday. I read from the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures every day of the week and I pray several times a day. I have a formal responsibility in my ward/congregation, and I make an effort to help out other men and their families both spiritually and temporally. Living my faith makes me a happy person.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Gary
Absolutely! Many people aren't sure what Mormons think about the Bible because we talk a lot about the Book of Mormon. The Bible and the Book of Mormon both teach how we can follow Jesus Christ. The New Testament's account of the life of Christ helps me to be a better person as I apply what Jesus taught. I know that the Bible is the word of God and helps me come unto Jesus Christ as I use it as a means to follow Him. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Gary
It seems like there are so many times in life when we get our expectations up, and then they are let down by things not going quite as well as we had hoped. But this is one case where our expectations cannot be high enough. Our Heavenly Father has promised us if we do what is right and keep His commandments, we will have all He has, including a fullness of joy. My wife and I have two small children, and life can get crazy oftentimes. But we recently had a very serious discussion about what would be the happiest world we could imagine. It turns out, that it isn't a lot different than what we have. And the thought of not having our family together forever is a very sad one. Sure, we aren't a perfect family and we have our moments of frustration and exhaustion. But holding on to a dream of a perfect life together as a family really makes a difference for us, especially when we know that our greatest dreams are only a sliver of what reality will be. We absolutely believe that we will live together forever in perfect happiness. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Gary
I think most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints love talking about their religion. Unfortunately, we don't always know who would be interested in talking about it or what aspects specifically they would want to talk about. For that reason, you could talk to pretty much any member of the Church, and it would be great if you had a few specific questions you wanted to discuss. Additionally, you can always contact the full-time missionaries by calling the number the Church has set up to put them in contact with you (1-888-537-6600). Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Gary
I can't speak for all Mormon women, but being married to one and being raised by another has helped me to know that Mormon women have a powerful influence on those around them. Sure, they have struggles like all women do, especially in a world that has frequently elevated men above women in society. But what I have observed in both my wife and my mother (among other Mormon women) is that they know who they are as daughters of God. They know He loves them and He wants them to be happy. I saw how my dad and mom complimented each other in our home. They each had strengths with organization, planning, cooking, laughing, socializing, and many other things. They would talk through decisions and challenges. I learned how to treat women by seeing how my dad valued and honored my mom. It didn't matter that Dad was the one working outside the home. They had a vision for our family and they were equal partners with different roles in achieving that vision. My wife and I do things a little differently than my (or her) parents did. But ultimately what matters is that we do it together. We are happiest when we put each other's needs and desires above our own. We aren't perfect at it, but we're coming along. Show more Show less