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Hi I'm Gary

I'm transplanted Californian happy to be living in Texas. I'm both a committed family man and senior executive. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Berkeley, California while my father was in graduate school and grew up in northern California and New Jersey. My six younger siblings and I get along well; although we live all over the country, we make efforts to see each other regularly, with great love and appreciation for our parents. Of course life’s never quite that that simple and straightforward, but for me it’s pretty close. I received a BA in English from BYU and then returned to Berkeley for a Haas MBA. I have spent my career largely in wireless telecommunications and currently have a senior executive role at a household name national wireless carrier. My wife and I took having children one at a time but ended up with seven ourselves, and we currently live in a Dallas / Fort Worth suburb. Our oldest is 20 and the youngest four. They are involved in all the usual activities of many suburban American children—public schools, soccer, dance, running, homework, scouting, study abroad, part-time jobs, etc. I travel quite a bit with my work but try my best to be engaged, as my father did. I enjoy reading when I can (usually on airplanes), and for more than 25 years have run or biked six days a week. The highlight of each week may very well be my weekly date with my wife of 23 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in a Mormon home, there were times in my teenage years living in a little tourist beach town I didn’t see the proximate value of fully engaging in the faith. There were other more interesting things that captured my attention. There came a point before my senior year that my family moved and this gave me opportunity really to consider what I wanted in life. I didn’t have a strong spiritual sense or desire, but I looked around people at the adults I knew and I assessed those I thought who were truly happy, including my parents. I concluded that those who were happiest were those who lived according to the principles of gospel of Jesus Christ. Their lives weren’t perfect or necessarily easy, but they seemed to avoid some of the self-inflicted pain of others who violated God’s commandments. I decided to give it a real go, and began to be happier the more I engaged in living what I’d been taught as I grew up. A key turning point occurred my freshman year at college in quiet dorm room. I was studying passages in the Book of Mormon about Jesus Christ and his role as our Savior and Redeemer. Inside I felt a sense of warmth, peace, and purpose like never before in my life. It wasn’t overwhelming, but clear and left an impression I’ve never forgotten: Jesus is the Son of God, my Savior and Redeemer; the Book of Mormon is a true book that testifies of Christ; and I should spend the rest of my days trying to best live and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve never turned back from that day. It has not always been easy; life never is. So that makes me even more grateful for the peace that comes as I know whatever I face in my life I will have the guidance of the Holy Spirit to make the most of life and get through the difficult times. I have a keen sense that in the end it will all work out. There is no doubt in my mind about that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in several ways. The first is in my home. For all my adult life I have prayed daily. I believe God inspires with me with what He’d like me to do and how he’d like me to live my life on a daily basis. I study the scriptures each day early in the morning, and I study the living prophets and apostles. Great guidance comes in these resources. As a family, we also pray together and study the scriptures in a morning devotional each day. We gather Monday nights for a Family Home Evening, and we try to bring the teachings of Jesus into daily life. Some days we do better than others. Outside the home people know I am a religious family man, but I don’t generally wear my Church on my sleeve. I don’t have to because with no smoking, drinking, swearing, carousing, Sabbath observance, and a large family with two children at BYU leave few mysteries to colleagues and neighbors. Those are just who I am, so I wouldn’t say at this point that living those standards takes much effort. My efforts outside the home in my lay ministry work in the Church. For all of my adult life I have spent many hours a week in helping the Church operate and grow. These service activities including teaching, visiting, attending leadership meetings, and generally strengthening and supporting individuals and organizations within the Church. I currently serve as a stake president; in this role I am responsible for multiple wards or congregations which are each lead by a bishop. I have served in that role as well, in addition to other teaching and leadership positions. I feel that my service in and out of the home reflects my love of the Savior and my strong belief that His Church is on the earth. I believe with the privilege of membership comes the responsibility to help it grow.