What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Gary

I am retired and spend my winters in AZ and summers in WA. We are active in the church in both places, and we're lovin' it

About Me

I am retired and have been in the church my entire life. For many years I have served in the church scouting program as scoutmaster, encouraging and training the boys to live the scout oath and laws and at the same time have fun. I have taken many scouts along the Eagle Trail to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I am an Eagle Scout myself and I know the value of such an achievement. I have also served in church leadership positions within many ward bishoprics. I am currently the Gospel Doctrine teacher in our ward. This is really the first teaching job I have ever held in the church. Though I struggled for the first few lessons of my Gospel Doctrine class I have learned to rely on teaching with the spirit, encouraging class participation and the sharing of spiritual experiences and testimonies. I love the spiritual growth that comes from sharing our personal relationships in the gospel. I have been married to the same wonderful woman for 43 years and have two children with six grandchildren. My favorite scripture is “that I may win the hearts of these my fellow-servants, that I may lead them to believe in my words.” Alma 1729. After all, it was David O. McKay, a prophet of God, who told us, “Every member a missionary”. I have enjoyed camping, hiking, swimming and bicycling now at 71 years of age, I am content with mainly walking and an occasional dip in the pool to remind me of those good old days on the swim team.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church of goodly parents. Although my parents were divorced when I was seven years old, I was raised by a loving mother and had the distinct advantage of association with all of my mother’ ten brothers and sisters. My mother’s father was a great missionary who helped open up the Sandwich Islands Hawaii to the Mormon faith. My father’s great grandfather was Orson Hyde who served many missions for the church and dedicated Jerusalem to the return of the Jews. I am thankful for the strong Mormon heritage I have received from my family as I gain strength and inspiration from their accomplishments. Even though I had a period of inactivity during my reckless youth, the tumultuous twenty’s, I never lost my testimony in the church, and when I was reactivated, through the encouragement of my non-member wife, I blossomed in the gospel and have grown ever since.

How I live my faith

Both my wife and I have been ward missionaries for many years, helping to find, fellowship and baptize new members. I am active in life and in the church and love to share my gospel experiences with others. I am currently the Gospel Doctrine teacher in my ward and love to share the scriptures and testimonies of the prophets with others in my class. One of my favorite scriptures can be found in the Bok of Mormon, Alma 17:29 - "...that I may win the hearts of these my fellow servants, that I may lead them to believe in my words". that perhaps something I do or say might be beneficial to someone in receiving the gospel into their lives.