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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a husband, a father of four, a veteran, a Harley rider, a guitar player, a Computer Engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four, a husband, a veteran, a Harley Rider, a guitar player, Information System Security Professional and I'm a Mormon. I'm a regular guy who likes to have fun with my family and hang with the guys. Whether it's hiking in the mountains or sitting with the family and watching a movie, I like to make the most out of life and I enjoy every moment! I was raised from as early as I can remember to believe in Jesus Christ, but I wasn't always a Mormon. Read on to find out why I know this Church is true! 

Why I am a Mormon

The one thing I always wondered about religion was how they could all be right? I know God exists, that he created the Earth and provided a Savior for me, but why all the confusion? Then I heard something very profound from a man called Gordon B. Hinckley, who I latter found out was a prophet of God. He said "We recognize the good that every other church in the world does. We have no quarrel with other churches. We do not argue we do not debate or anything of the kind. We simply say to people not of our faith you bring with you all the truth that you have and let us see if we can add to it. That is the mission and message of this church”. Hearing such a message of unity made me want to know more about a faith that does not quarrel or contend, especially when there is so much confusion and division among the followers of Jesus Christ. I remember kneeling on the floor on the Saturday before my first visit to an LDS church service and asking God to show me truth. I had felt the Holy Ghost before, but nothing could have prepared me for the confirmations I received. The missionaries began teaching me and I knew it to be true and correct teachings. They taught me about prophets and apostles, about Heavenly Fathers plan for each of us, about how I could return to be with him, about husbands and wives raising families that stretched beyond this life. Of all the religious teaching I have received during my lifetime the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has never contradicted any of them. If anything it has taken my understanding of Heavenly Father, of Jesus Christ, of why I'm here and my purpose on this Earth to deeper levels. I want to bear my testimony that I know that God lives, that he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us, that Prophets and Apostles continue to lead and guide his church on the earth today. I further testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and another testament of Jesus Christ, declaring his divinity.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is about a sincere change of life. To understand being a member of the Church and living your faith, I believe it boils down to two simple concepts. Love and service. To love as my savior loved and to serve as he served. I think of the words of the Savior from the 13th Chapter of John when he said "34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye alove one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." We have many opportunities to show our love not only to the Savior, but to our fellow man through service. Each member of the church receives a calling or job. Through these jobs we ensure that the members of our Ward and those living in our communities are taken care of. I also have the privilege of being a Home Teacher. Through the Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching programs we take care of and serve one another. I can truly say that I love each one of the families I serve. Each month I visit with them, share a short message and check on their general well being. If they need help with something - fixing things around the house, babysitting - you name it and I'm there. If the request for help is more than I can handle I bring it back to the quorum and as a group we come up with a plan to help. It is not about being a member, but changing your life and blessing the lives of others. I'm thankful that I have the opportunity in some small way to show my appreciation to the Savior for what he has done for me and to my Heavenly Father for blessing me so greatly! I am married for time and all eternity in the Temple of the Lord to my sweetheart. I have four amazing and healthy kids. I have a good job, food, a home and more blessings than I can possibly count. It is my honor and privilege to follow in the Saviors footsteps, to love and serve.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Gary
With Jesus Christ crucified and no apostlesthey had been hunted down and killed to provide direction the church fell into what we call the great apostasy. A prophet of the Lord named Moroni lived in the Americas and was charged with keeping the records a series of brass plates of followers and believers in Jesus Christ. He eventually buried them upon a hill called Cumorah around 421 AD. In September of 1823, Joseph Smith was a young man living with his family near this hill in New York State. He was confused with the different denominations of Christianity each saying they were. One morning after reading James chapter 1, verse 5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him” he decided to go to a private grove to pray for guidance. Joseph was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ and instructed by Jesus Christ that none of these churches was fully correct and that he should not align himself to any of them. Joseph was later visited three times by Moroni, now an angel, who told Joseph of the plates and gave him instruction. Over the course of the next four years Joseph was prepared for retrieving these holy writings. At the age of 19 he was prepared and directed to retrieve the Brass plates and began the task of translating these Holy writings through the power of God. On April 6, 1830 the Church that Jesus Christ established was restored once again to the Earth. Show more Show less