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Hi I'm Gabriel

I'm a bug guy, I'm a kid at heart, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of two adorable boys and the husband of a beautiful and brilliant wife. I am attending a university, earning my degree in entomology. I've always liked bugs, but it wasn't until I visited Japan as a missionary that I really began to love them. The cicadas in Japan are amazing creatures, and when I got back to school I decided that a career that had anything to do with insects would be great. While I don't study cicadas, I look forward to summer time and their unique songs. I have a modest collection of insects, but my favorite thing to do is observe their behaviors. In my free time I love playing with toys; I haven't really grown out of that. I think it's a great way to stretch out my imagination. I especially enjoy building with Legos(R), even though my skills are admittedly amateur. Still, my son and I have lots of fun, and that's what matters most.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Book of Mormon. I've read it since I was a child, following the example of my parents. Each time I read it different parts seem as if they are highlighted just for me. I feel God's love for all of his children when I read it. There is something special about the Book of Mormon. It's purer and clearer than any other book. As a teenager I was eager to follow Moroni's challenge to pray to Heavenly Father and ask whether it is a true record. I have never doubted the warm assurance that came to my heart in answer to that prayer.

How I live my faith

I am a Boy Scout leader for a troop of 11 year-old boys. They can be rowdy at times, as boys tend to be, but they are quick learners and pretty good listeners. I emphasize the principles listed in the scout law, including being trustworthy, kind, obedient, cheerful and clean. I am experiencing once again that the principles we teach our youth aren't things that we just grow out of. Even grown-ups like myself could do with an extra dose of "friendly" or "courteous."