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Hi I'm Garry

I grew up in Alaska. I love fly fishing, family, and my faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors, particularly fly fishing. I also enjoy photography, art, and have recently begun writing poetry, most of which relates to fly fishing. I really enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my wife and four boys. They are each wonderful and talented. We play lots of strategy board games and participate in a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries first contacted my mother at our home when I was very young. She had always been interested in religion and took the opportunity to ask them some questions. She was intrigued by their answers and became more interested in the teachings of the church. Over the next decade, or so, we moved twice and though she had occasional contact with the missionaries in each place we lived and developed a strong interest in its teachings, she did not join the church. After moving to Alaska, we eventually had missionaries in our home to teach our family, which included my mom and dad, three older sisters and a younger brother. I was 12 years old. Initially, I wanted nothing to do with the missionaries and their lessons. I had never felt comfortable going to the church we regularly attended. Despite being young, I did pay attention to the sermons and always seemed to feel troubled about religion and religious teaching. I didn't think I would hear anything of interest to me. I recall one lesson in particular that the missionaries taught. It was about the plan of salvation. The lesson basically described where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. I remember being deeply affected by that lesson. The teachings impressed both my heart and mind. I believed it was true and accepted their invitation to join the church through baptism. Over the years, as I have matured spiritually and intellectually, my faith and knowledge of spiritual matters have increased. There are many ways to obtain knowledge in this life. Though it may not be understood or accepted by some, it is possible to gain knowledge through spiritual means. The Holy Spirit bears witness of the truth. I recognize now that I had a spiritual witness of the truth that night long ago at 12 years of age. I am thankful for my testimony of Jesus Christ and His teachings received through the exercise of faith and the confirmation of the Spirit. It has been the foundation and constant guide in my life.

How I live my faith

I served a two-year mission working with refugees from Laos. In addition to proselyting, I provided various social services in support of resettlement efforts. I worked in collaboration with several community-based organizations to coordinate job training and provide medical interpretation among other services. It was a great opportunity to help others in need. I have served for many years working with the young men in our church. This has involved participating as a leader in Boy Scouts, providing community service and teaching on Sunday. I have enjoyed the opportunity to have a positive influence on youth and have had some tremendous experiences in the outdoors. It has been a great way to raise my sons. I currently serve as a leader in the Cub Scouts program and let me tell you, these young boys have some energy!