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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a father of 4 and a lover of the California outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four children and a financial planner. I love to do almost anything outdoors - hiking, mountain biking, walking, camping, and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was looking for a church to join I was looking for peace in this tumultuous world. It was shortly after my mother passed away, when I was 22 years old. Since my baptism over 25 years ago I've learned so many ways the Gospel can help me. I've learned that having God's influence and direction in my life helps me accomplish far more than I can do on my own. Heavenly Father has blessed me in my personal life and in my professional career. I've learned that being a Mormon doesn't guarantee I won't have challenges in life - but it gives me understanding of these experiences so I can grow and find greater happiness beyond the challenges. Not only that - Mormons like to have fun, and I like to have fun! -

How I live my faith

I consider myself "spiritual" rather than "religious," but I find that religion provides some structure for my spirituality. Going to church every week helps keep me on top of my spiritual game - like practicing any sport or hobby. Otherwise, my varied interests would slowly overtake my schedule and crowd out the opportunity for frequent spiritual experiences. I'm far from perfect, but I try my best to stay pointed in the right direction every day through serving in my community and in my church congregation. I gain strength through daily prayer, meditation and study. I've learned that when I have an opportunity to help someone, I'm much happier if I do that, even when it means giving up something else I'd rather do for myself. By serving in church and in my local Rotary club I'm a much happier person. My profession as a financial planner allows me to use the talents God has given me to serve my clients. I try to listen to God's inspiration every day through the Holy Ghost. Most often, it shifts my thinking so I can understand how to improve myself, and how to help others.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Wow, I'm still learning the significance and depth of the Atonement. Basically it's the fact that Jesus voluntarily gave his life for us. His death and resurrection wiped away our mistakes, errors, shortcomings, and sins so that we can live in God's presence again someday. His death was extremely painful - too painful to describe in mere words. Every time we sin or err, we lose a little portion of our spirit. Without our full spirit, it would be difficult to live in Heavenly Father's presence. None of us is perfect, so to be worthy to return to live with Heavenly Father we needed a way to make our spirits whole again. The way that Heavenly Father provided for us to be made whole is the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father's beloved son. Show more Show less