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Hi I'm Gary

I am an electrical engineer. I live in Minnesota, USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm an engineer and enjoy designing and creating projects as well as working on things with my house or car in my spare time at home. I enjoy swing dancing, especially Lindy Hop and Balboa. I enjoy plants and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

 My father joined the LDS Church before I was born but was not long active in it. When I was around 11 years old he became active again and my mother, brother, and I, and later my older sister, joined the church. I was in a Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church with my dad as the scoutmaster before I was baptized. I had the chance then to associate with members of the church and feel of the spirit. The missionaries who worked with my dad in becoming active again and then with my mom, brother, and I were wonderful examples and treated us with kindness and as friends. As I was taught by the missionaries and in my experience in the church I had the opportunity to feel the spirit of God often and felt very strongly in my heart that it was true and correct. I served as a full-time missionary and had even more experiences that solidified that conviction. That continues in my service in the church. I have found in my life that God is truly there helping me. At some of the lowest, most difficult times I find strength and the encouragement to continue. In times where I am happy and aware of gifts and helps that I have received, something as simple as birds singing in the trees, I feel a natural gratitude inside for a Creator who puts those things in my life. I see His hand in so many things I experience.

How I live my faith

 I serve in an administrative position in the church. This includes assisting the leaders in a non-English-speaking congregation. I represent the leadership responsible for a group of congregations to that particular congregation and also assist those leaders in their responsibilities such as giving my thoughts and feelings on individuals being considered for responsibilities in the church. In my duties, my focus is on assisting individuals where I can whether that's giving counsel and support to a leader or visiting the homes of a family, finding out their needs, and encouraging them in their efforts to live good lives. Often it simply involves trying to be a genuine friend to those I associate with and serve.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

 The structure of the LDS Church allows members of the church to serve in capacities they may or may not feel particularly qualified for, but all get the chance to serve. This allows the members to contribute their own effort in building what we believe is the Kingdom of God on the earth. This gives them experiences that often deeply affect the rest of their lives and also the chance to develop talents and to discover new ones. Responsibilities are shared among a group of people, easing the burden on individual leaders. Carrying out their responsibilities as well as possible, they can develop a healthy interdependence with other members who assist them, but especially a strong dependence on God. This builds their faith in God as they rely on Him and receive help and inspiration. Show more Show less