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Hi I'm Gabriel

I am a husband. I am a father. I am a Canadian living in Australia. I am a hydraulic and hydrologic engineer and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife and two sons and love being a husband and dad. I love playing chess, rpgs and games in general. I enjoy playing sport with friends. I enjoy studying, but hate school. I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Civil Engineering program and am looking forward to finishing my studies at the end of semester. When I am not studying or at home I enjoy going the movies with my wife or playing a game of footy with my mates. I love to travel and my wife often accuses me, justly, of planning our next family vacation while we are still on vacation. I love learning about different people, languages, cultures and places.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1995 two missionaries woke me up when they knocked on my door at noon on a Saturday. I opened the door to find two guys in suits talking about Jesus. I politely nodded my head to the things they were saying, then after about 3 minutes one asked, "Can we come in?" The question so stunned me that I agreed. They gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and I agreed to read it. I found the testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the witnesses boring and almost didn't read anymore. Then I came to the Table of Contents. I chose the shortest book in there and decided to read. Reading the Book of Enos helped changed my life. I had always believed in a personal God. I believed in prayer and that God heard and answered prayers. Enos' experience really touched me because I knew that God answered prayers. My experience with the book of Enos helped solidify my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I struggled with accepting Joseph Smith as a Prophet. I had been to upstate New York and found it difficult accepting that God would call a Prophet from there. I found the concept of an American Prophet ridiculous. Nevertheless I kept reading the Book of Mormon. It was not until six months later when a friend pointed out a passage in Mosiah that my life changed. It spoke about being willing to come into the fold of God, to be called his people, and are willing to bear other’s burdens. It spoke about mourning with those that mourn, comforting those needed comforting, and standing as witnesses of God. If I did that then I would be redeemed of God and have eternal life. I read that and realised that it is what I wanted. Then the question: "If this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized?" I realised then that I had nothing against being baptised. I phoned the missionaries at that moment and told them that I was willing to be baptised. I have never regretted that decision.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by trying to be a good husband and dad. I tell my children why I believe in God and Christ and why it is important to me. I try and share my faith in others. I was a missionary where I had the opportunity to help people in Wisconsin, USA. I love to help in the missionary program and teaching people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and why it is important. One of the ways I live my faith is by visiting other members of the church. We keep an eye out for each other and if anyone needs help, whether it is babysitting or driving someone to the hospital in the early hours, I am there. I love helping others because I believe that is what Jesus would do if he were here.

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Gabriel
Christ is the centre of our faith and the centre of my life. I am so grateful that he died for me, a sinner, that I might return to live with my Father in Heaven. Show more Show less