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Hi I'm Gary

Dad was military so I grew up in a lot of places. I learned to appreciate and love this country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a 6o+ year old father of five and, so far, a grandfather of 10. I'm semi-retired now after being laid off from the automotive industry. I just completed 15 months of schooling, starting to learn about alternative energies, energy management, green buildings and systems. It was really interesting and fun learning something new… . 

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was from Utah and she took us to church when we were young. In those early years, I developed a belief in Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I discovered that I felt the same spirit when I read the Book of Mormon as when I read the Bible. That helped me to learn they were both God's Word. I also believed that one day I would stand before Jesus and be judged for my life. Though I stopped going to church for over 15 years, those basic beliefs stayed with me, though buried. In my early 30s, after having been married and starting a family, I began to feel something was missing from my life and that my life was somehow out of balance. I also had a dream one night. In that dream a voice was announcing the return of the Savior. I remember feeling horribly unprepared to meet Him and now my time had run out. I reflected on the feelings that I had been having and on that dream for several weeks. Eventually I decided to call the Mormon Missionaries to come over to talk with me. My wife and I were surprised by the uplifting spirit we felt in our home when they were there and noticed that after they had gone, that good feeling would linger a while and then fade away. After several such meetings, I was able to get down on my knees in private and make a promise to my Heavenly Father to try and follow Him also my wife was baptized into the Church. That was a long time ago, but I still thank God every day…

How I live my faith

 I have long felt that any faith worth having should be lived as best I can all day and night and every day. I attend my regular weekly meetings, prepare lessons or talks when asked, visit other members regularly to see if they're okay and help them if they need it, help neighbors when I can and try always to be a good christian to those I come in contact with, especially my family. I'm presently a leader of one of the adult men's groups in our local ward and love serving there. I am also a worker in our fairly local Temple. What a strength and joy that has been in my life!