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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a husband, a father of four, I do marketing for a living, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California but have lived all over the United States. My Dad flew rescue helicopters in the Air Force so I moved a lot as a kid. I joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. It was a great decision. Shortly thereafter I served for two years as a missionary in Quebec and eastern Ontario, Canada. This was a fantastic experience that strengthened my faith and knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven who is mindful of me and all of his children. I married my best friend and we have four wonderful children, 3 teenage boys and a twelve year old daughter. I have a degree in economics and an MBA and work as a marketer.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic -- I went to Catholic school and have always had faith in God. Some Mormon friends introduced me to their church and I attended some Sunday meetings. The meetings were a lot less formal than what I was used to. Rather than having a priest who spoke every Sunday, different people from the congregation spoke each week. There were also other meetings where gospel topics were discussed -- I liked that. I read the Book of Mormon and studied the teachings of the church for about a year before joining. I joined because I came to know for myself that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, just like the Bible. It clearly testifies that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and it clarifies many doctrines that have led to the establishment of so many different Christian churches. Being a Mormon has been an incredible blessing in my life, especially in the church's focus and teachings about family.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by treating others as I'd like to be treated. I serve as a volunteer in the church in whatever role I am asked to fill. I also try to provide service to those in need whenever I can, even if it isn't convenient. I think it is important that children and teenagers have adults they can look up to and rely on, so I especially like the to take the opportunity to work with younger people and help give them confidence that they can have a happy and successful life as they make good choices and attempt to live as Jesus did.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Some people don't think Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We do. We know that without Jesus Christ, all would be lost, all are fallen, and none of us could qualify on our own merits to live with our Father in Heaven. It is only through the grace of Christ and his infinite sacrifice that we can be saved from the effects of sin and death. We also believe that we are obligated, when we accept Christ, to follow in his ways. When we make mistakes (which we will always do), we need to admit them, turn away from them, and humbly ask for forgiveness. We must also quickly forgive any who have offended us. As we do this we can become "perfect in Christ". (Book of Mormon ... Moroni 10:32-33) In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught that the difference between the man who built his house upon the sand, and he who built upon the rock, was simply the man who built upon the sand heard the word but did it not, while the man who built upon the rock both heard, and DID (New Testament ... Matthew 7:24-27). That is what Jesus wants from us. To hear and accept his glorious gospel message, including his grace, but also to ACT and to DO by serving those around us. Show more Show less