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Hi I'm Gary

I live in Colorado. I am an accountant and have seven children and six grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been very fortunate in my life. The most important part of my life is my family. I have seven children and six grandchildren. The two youngest children are still at home. The others are in college or working and beginning their own families. My children would tell you that my favorite times are the times I have with my family: playing games, going on vacation, and visiting together. I enjoy planning activities and vacations so that we can spend time together. I am an accountant by profession. For many, that may seem very dull. For me, it has been perfect. I have had the opportunity to work on projects over the years that were very interesting to me. Most importantly, I have worked with many good individuals. In particular, my immediate bosses have been easy to work for and have taught me many skills, both professionally and personally.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church, yet I had to find out for myself whether or not I believed. I am grateful for parents who taught me their beliefs and for friends who were great examples to me. My testimony of the Church did not come from a single experience; rather, it was the result of many experiences. When I was 14, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. Reading the Book of Mormon helped me to gain a testimony that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon teaches in clear and simple language about Christ and about why we are here on this earth. When I was 19, I was called to serve a mission in Argentina. I am quiet by nature and living in a foreign country and sharing my beliefs with others was not always easy. Yet, it was an experience that I will never forget. I learned to love the Argentine people. I saw many lives changed as they embraced the teachings of Jesus Christ and lived them in their personal lives. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He died for us and atoned for our sins. Because of Him, we can return and live again with Him and with our Heavenly Father. I know that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth and that there are prophets on the earth today to lead us and guide us. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that the Savior’s plan for us is a plan of happiness. We are most happy when we do our best to follow his teachings.

How I live my faith

One of the blessings of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that we have many opportunities to serve each other. We have a lay ministry and no one is paid for their service. I have served as the leader of our congregation for the past few years. It has been an incredible experience. I have learned that there are many willing to help if asked. I have seen individuals and families change their lives for the better. I have also watched others struggle through difficult trials in their lives with faith and hope. I have also had the great opportunity to work with teenagers. I have been a Scoutmaster three different times. Watching young men, including my own sons, learn to live the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and to become responsible individuals has been a fun experience. I have many fond memories of camping outdoors with the Boy Scouts. Education has always been very important to our family. Because of our interest in education, my wife and I helped start a charter school and have spent hundreds of hours over the years volunteering at the school. We have met many wonderful families with similar interests and goals through the school.