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Hi I'm Gary

I'm from Idaho, have lived in Timbuktu, the Philippines, Mississippi, Arizona and Texas. I'm a Civil Engineering and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Idaho but have lived and worked in lots of places around the world ranging from big cities to small towns and way out in the country. All of them are great places if you chose to enjoy them. Work has taken me from the Timbuktu region of Mali (think border of the Sahara Desert) to Egypt and Guatemala in addition to various places in the United States. In Mali we didn't have electricity but we had hot and cold running water - it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter! We spent 7 years in Vicksburg, Mississippi and 10 years in the Phoenix, Arizona. My work takes me out in the desert and into the woods. It's great to be able to get out of the office and see new places. I also work from home these days to be close to my family. Family comes first, then work - Work deadlines can be extended but time with your family can't be put on hold. The children grow up and/or are gone before you know it and you can't get that time back no matter how badly you would like it back. We have four children but one of them chose to leave this life early (suicide). It has been extremely hard for us to work through the loss of our son. Two things have kept us going - 1) our trust in a kind, loving Heavenly Father and a loving Savior and 2) an understanding that this life is not all there is - there is a time and space in the next life where we can correct mistakes we made this one. Remember when you are putting your children off that tomorrow doesn't always come.

Why I am a Mormon

My roots go deep in the Church. I am a 6th generation member of the Church on one side of my family and have ancestors who interacted with Joseph Smith and the other early leaders of the Church. That fact alone does not explain why I'm a member of the Church. Every member or investigator has to obtain a witness from the Spirit (Holy Ghost) regarding the Church, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. If I hadn't obtained that witness I wouldn't be an active member of the Church. I am a member of the Church because God answered my prayers just as he can and will answer your prayers regarding Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. You have to ask in faith after reading and pondering (thinking deeply about) the message. You also must be willing to act on the knowledge you receive from the Holy Ghost. Faith implies action - moving forward once an answer is received - not just gaining knowledge and not using it.

How I live my faith

I try to be kind and understanding to those around me. I am striving to be a true Christian in deed as well as in word and belief. Often in life we are so busy with our own problems we forget to notice those around us who are suffering. The things we do for ourselves are not the important things we do in this life - it's the things we do for others that will bring us happiness. When we are struggling we can always find someone who has a bigger burden or trial than we do. If we will listen to them and try to help them we can ease our own burdens. I have served in many different callings in the Church over the years and have enjoyed them all. We try to be friends to all and if we disagree we try not to be disagreeable about it. That would go along way to reduce the problems we see in the world today. We currently drive over an hour to church each Sunday to attend our meetings. It doesn't seem like that big of a sacrifice - we are just doing what is required to attend our meetings and be with other members of the Church once a week. We strive to visit other members that live in our area as well as friends each month just to make sure they are doing OK. It's a part of looking after one another.