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Hi I'm Stephen McGary

I live in Rexburg, Idaho. I'm a member of the LDS Church (Mormon) and enjoy my family and life!

About Me

My wife and I have six children and 15 grandchildren. Prior to living here in Idaho we lived in California where I taught at a State University. In 2017 I retired from teaching agribusiness at BYU-Idaho. I was raised on a farm in Washington State and enjoy being involved in the agriculture industry. Our family enjoys getting together for family reunions, hiking, camping and just working together. We have taken hikes to the summit of Mt. Whitney in California. We enjoy gardening together and sharing ideas about cooking, and storing food and other items. Our family have been involved in sports of different types and stay active in jogging and supporting each other. Each of our six children have served a full time volunteer mission for the LDS Church. Our personal testimony of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer is founded upon obedience and adherence to the principles found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe in living prophets who receive revelation for the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. We also believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost that whispers individually and privately to us the truth. We do believe in a loving Father in Heaven - God the Father; in His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost - three distinct and individual beings that make the Godhead. Because of this testimony our family have peace and direction in a very difficult and declining world of disruption and evil.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the LDS Church (Mormon) and enjoy the direction and comfort that comes from the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I like to have important things in life stable and constant. The doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ do not change and provide me with direction and clarity in my purpose and mission in this life. Family is very important to me and the doctrine that the family unit is central to this life plays a significant role in my daily activities and life overall. I also look for structure and a complete organization of the doctrines of the gospel. The LDS Church is structured with prophets and apostles and other leaders similar to pattern Christ established His Church anciently and as outlined in the Bible. The Book of Mormon adds clarity and direction to doctrines of the gospel and serves as a second witness of the life, mission and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Together the Bible and Book of Mormon outlines God's plan for us - His spirit children - not only for this life but for the life to come after. The life and mission of Jesus Christ is to rescue you and I from the experiences of mortality - this life. Through His perfect life, Jesus Christ offers Himself as a sacrifice in meeting the demands of justice and the laws established by God. This life is a wonderful opportunity to experience good and bad and to gain knowledge pertaining to our existence - both before and after this life. Through our experience we gain faith in Jesus Christ and in God's ultimate plan of salvation and happiness. I know that God lives, and Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer! I know that the plan of salvation with it's constant doctrines and commandments will bring ultimate happiness and joy, comfort and peace.

How I live my faith

I live in a wonderful community of great neighbors and friends. We all strive to help each other, caring for each others as neighbors, friends and family. I have the opportunity of being specifically assigned to watch over two families in my neighborhood. It is a great opportunity to help these individuals with simple tasks such as yard work, snow removal, shopping for them or transporting them to the doctor, etc. I have the opportunity of serving in the local ward and stake teaching Sunday classes. My family and I enjoy serving with the Church members and with others. We enjoy the greatest opportunity of attending the temple and working there for deceased ancestors. Serving, working and socializing with my neighbors and friends gives me great satisfaction and a sense of belonging and acceptance.