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Hi I'm Gabe

I'm a transportation planner. I'm a father of two girls. I'm a convert to the church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love mountain biking and most other sports. I love playing with my little girls. I never thought I would be surrounded by so much pink. After graduating high school I was soon baptized. Shortly after that I served a mission in Arizona. I married my wife in 2005 and each day is happier than the last.

Why I am a Mormon

During my senior year of high school I made several friends who happened to be members of the church. I appreciated their commitment to living honest lives and having fun without compromising moral standards. They approached me several times about meeting with the missionaries but I told them I was not interested. As I became better friends with them I began to realize that the reason they were the way they were was because of the church they belonged to. I was impressed enough that when they asked me to meet with the missionaries again I said yes. I remember being really nervous about meeting with the missionaries for the first time. I thought that they would be really pushy and force me to be baptized that night. After my meeting with them, I learned that it was the exact opposite of what I expected. They taught me the principles of Christ's gospel (I was surprised to find that I already agreed with almost all of it) and asked me to pray about it to find out if it was true. They didn't want me to take their word for it, it was between me and Heavenly Father. That night I prayed to find out if what they told me was true. I got down on my knees and prayed to know the truth. I laid down in bed and fully expected an angel to come in through the window and tell me it was true. After waiting for some time, nothing happened. I figured I must have prayed incorrectly so I got out of bed and tried it again. After praying I laid down and expected to hear a heavenly voice confirming the truth to me. Still nothing. I figured I would give it one more try. I climbed out of bed and prayed one last time, this time out loud. I got back in bed and waited for an answer. Nothing came. I literally said to myself, "It must not be true." As soon as I took my mind off it and rolled over to go to sleep the most comforting and indescribable feeling came into my chest. I received my answer. The church was true and I must join it.

How I live my faith

My responsibility at church is to lead a group of men to ensure their spiritual and temporal well being. I often organize and help out with service projects for individuals or groups in the area. Occasionally I am responsible for teaching a lesson in our Sunday meeting. I feel it is important to live my faith not just on Sunday, but every day of my life. The Savior took every opportunity to serve and never decided to shortchange his gospel because it wasn't Sunday. For this reason I try to be a good example of his Church every day by being friendly and doing my best to make sure other people feel comfortable.