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Hi I'm Gary, and I'm a Mormon.

I have been married to a wonderful woman for 42 years and have four outstanding kids.

About Me

I am a former Air Force pilot and have spent the majority of my career as an Airline pilot.  A medical condition required me to retire early, but I was able to continue in aviation and become a university professor in flight technology. Working with young adults while I taught aviation skills became the best job I ever had. And to think that they paid me for having so much fun . . . . .

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager I could see that there were many of my friends and acquaintances who were unhappy with the choices they made in their lives. I began to look to my Mormon religion to see if the teachings of Jesus Christ would gide me to live a life of honesty and integrity. As my knowledge increased, I soon came to realize that the teachings of Jesus were not just a guide, but a complete way to live our lives. I desired to share that knowledge with others, and was greatful for a mission call to serve two years in southern Brazil. The teachings of the Savior were also important to guide my wife and I as parents to raise our childern in an increasingly complex world. As we have reached the age of retirement, my wife and I again desired to share the message of the Mormon church with the rest of the world and returned to serve two years as a missionary couple. . . . .

How I live my faith

While I have had many opportunities to serve in various administrative or spiritual callings within the Mormon Church, I have always been most confortable teaching and working with the youth and young adults. My life has been filled with challenges and obstacles to overcome, and it has always been rewarding to see if my experiences and learning helps prepare youth for what is to come. It has been while teaching, serving, or counseling college students that I have felt the most gratification in helping solve problems encountered by the youth of today.