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Hi I'm Gary Thorpe

I'm a robotic surgeon and a mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 5 children-our first was born on the first day of medical school! We have lived in Utah, Kansas, Oregon, California, and most recently, Kentucky. My medical career has given me the opportunity to deliver thousands of babies, serve as a professor in educating the rising generation of practitioners, and most recently, become skilled in robotic surgery.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, and have been blessed by the power of Jesus Christ to change lives. My father had become inactive and moved to Southern California thinking to hide from the Church. He was drawn back when a home teacher sought him out and invited him to come back to activity. As a result, he made a promise to himself that his children would never see him smoke-a promise that blessed my life. Despite being raised in the Church, I felt a need to know of its truthfulness for myself when I was a young teenager growing up in Wyoming. Kids at school, and even teachers tried to lump in the Mormon Church as a cult. If I was going to take flack like this, I wanted to know for sure it was true. I started reading the Book of Mormon every day after school with the intent to apply Moroni's promise (Moroni 10:3-5) and ask God if it were not true. I had spiritual feelings of peace and joy as I read, and my prayers to know the truthfulness of the Book were answered in the same way with feelings of peace and certitude. That initial testimony has grown stronger throughout my life, through good times and through challenges. I am a Mormon because the Church changes lives and changes hearts to become like Christ.

How I live my faith

I love how the church gives us opportunities to serve others. As a home teacher, I have helped with projects as diverse as installing a gas furnace, to roofing, but I've also been able to share my faith and testimony of the Savior within the homes of my brothers and sisters. To be of help when someone is moving, or has a sick child is a privilege, and these opportunities to serve create a concrete, real life application of the teachings we learn in church on Sunday.