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Hi I'm Gary

I write historical fiction for children. I lead an Addiction Recovery Program. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a retired educator and I am the author of six novels of historical fiction. I have been married for 40 years. I am the father of six and the grandfather of fifteen. My wife and I do Life Coaching and Addiction Recovery counseling.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church in my mid 20's. I was away studying at a University when my parents found the Gospel. They weren't very successful sharing their new faith with me until they introduced me to a special young woman. She taught me about Christ-like love in a way that no one else could. I was baptized by my father, some 40 years ago. He is gone now, but I still remember the touch of his hand as he led me into the waters of baptism. I cherish that day and the gifts that my Savior, Jesus Christ, has given me each day since. I know that if I can learn to love the way that Christ loves, I will be able to return to my Heavenly Father and live with Him forever. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers me all of the truths necessary for me to stand with confidence before the Lord.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have recently returned from serving a two year mission. When I asked her to marry me she was preparing to serve a mission. She agreed to marry only if I promised to take her on a mission when we were old. We are still not "old" but I kept my promise. We taught correct welfare principles to congregations in the Eastern United States and Canada. On several occasions we were assigned to help with relief efforts for natural disasters. We are serving a second mission now and our responsibility is to conduct group meeting for the Addiction Recovery Program. Heavenly Father is not a respecter of persons and he loves all of his children. He asks the same of us. We need to love the ones that are struggling as much as he ones that are doing well, perhaps even more. Addiction Recovery provides us an opportunity to serve and learn to care for people in great need. We often remind people that the Church is not a rest home for Saints it is a hospital for sinners. The things that we have learned helping others have changed our lives. 

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We have five sons and a daughter. Nothing has brought us such joy and nothing has taught us as much about Christ-like love and service as our family. We recognize that these children are not ours, they are on loan from God, who is their Heavenly Father. He sent them to us and he will take them back again when he is ready. In the mean time, it is our task to teach them and love them and help them find their way. Now we are grandparents to 15. Grandchildren are God's way of repaying us for the challenges of parenthood. What a joy it is to be a part of another generation's lives. What an honor it is to look back on the generations that came before us and thank them for the sacifices that they made, that we might live. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Christ organized the perfect church and called it by his own name. He established a church with Apostles and Prophets. We recognize that our needs are the same as the members or saints of Christ's days. If we are Christ's Church we will organize just the way that he did, in our days. By doing that we build on our right to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Show more Show less