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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon. I live in Georgia, near Savannah where I work. I married Debbie, have four children and ten grandchilden.

About Me

I have not always lived here in Georgia. My father was career Navy and I was career Army. I spent my youth all up and down the east coast but graduated high school in San Deigo. I joined the Army and began traveling but this time with my own family. We spent over ten years in Germany but our last duty station was at Fort Stewart. I work in Savannah and a few years ago we moved from Hinesville to Guyton. I work for a non profit that focuses on health care issues such as costs, quality, safety, and community health issues. I first visited Savannah many years ago while training at Camp Oliver and I never dreamed I would be living here.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was eight, shortly after my parents joined the church when we lived in Key West. I grew up in the church but shortly after joining the Army I reached a point where I had to make sure I really believed what my parents had been teaching me. I studied, prayed and fasted. I am sure I had my own testimony. My testimony has grown a lot over the years and I have had many opportunities to share it with others. I have studied, read the scriptures, researched and prayed. The one thing I know is that you cannot be led to Jesus Christ by logic. Ultimately you must let God touch your spirit, you must let the Holy Ghost speak to you. The scriptures challenge us to read and ask God.

How I live my faith

Service, it is about serving others. I have had many callings in the church and I am thankful that God has given me the opportunity to learn, grow and serve. I have served as a teacher for children, young men and women, and adults. I have served many years as a clerk and as a counselor for our Bishop. I enjoy working with the young men and women because they have such energy and so many questions.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

I get asked this question a lot. The church building is the local gathering place where members get baptized, teach, learn, socialize, and most importantly; take the sacrament. Church prepares us for blessings and it is by serving in our local congregation that we grow. It is here that we also get baptized, becoming new (having our sins forgiven and washed away ready to start a journey down the strait and narrow way) and making two promises; to take His name upon us and obey His commandments. Temples are special buildings. In the temple we make promises to God to dedicate our lives to Him. In the temple we make covenants, special promises, to obey God but at a level beyond those promises made at baptism. We dedicate our lives to Him and promise to live by every word of God. It is also in the temple that we perform certain priesthood ordinances to bless our families. We get married here and have our families sealed to us for eternity. Attending church is very important because it is what prepares us for the temple. Show more Show less