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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon. I am a husband and father.

About Me

My wife of over twenty years and I are parents of five children with the youngest in elementary school and the oldest about to go to college. I have been a software engineer for over five years and previously to that was a secondary science teacher for fifteen years. I enjoy travelling/vacationing with my family and watching a sporting event on TV when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined the church shortly before I was born. Dad did not join the church until I was about eight years old and I remember the missionaries coming to our house teaching him. I always liked the way I felt when they were in the home. He was eventually baptized a year before my eighth year which is the year I was baptized. Shortly after my baptism, our family travelled from Ohio to Salt Lake City to be sealed together for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. I remember the good feeling I had when I was in the temple. It's seems impossible to describe in words. Throughout my childhood and youth, our familiy would practice our religion in our home by holding a weekly family get together Mormons call Family Home Evening where we would teach each other lessons about the gospel, play games, and have a tasty treat at the end. Though my brothers and sisters and I often bickered with one another and required mom and dad to intervene, I remember the good feeling that often accompanied those occasions. I served as a Mormon missionary to Australia and felt the blessings of the Lord upon me as I engaged in that work. Through many more experiences in my adult life as a college student, young newlywed, young father, and until now, I know that God is there and is my Father and that he has a plan of happiness for me and my family. The greatest peace, joy, and happiness I have found have their source in the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I read the account in the New Testamnent of the life of Jesus Christ, I know that he is literally God's son, my Savior and Redeeemer. As I have read and prayed about the experiences of Joseph Smith, I know that God used him to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ in our day. This gospel has been an anchor and source of great hope in my life.

How I live my faith

Joseph Smith taught that sacrifice was required of all who would come to know God. I have found that the sacrifices I have made have been a blessing to my life and the lives of my family. Let me share some of the things we do as a family. Every Sunday, we attend weekly meetings where we renew our baptismal covenants to obey God's commandments and serve our fellowman. We also instruct one another in how to better follow Jesus Christ. Monday night, or for our family, due to scheduling conflicts, we hold a weekly family home evening where we have share gosple lessons, talk about family matters, play games, and have a treat. Though we are far from perfect, it builds a feeling of unity and love in our home. Every day, we read a page out of the scriptures as a family. Every day, I pray often and read about 15 minutes from the scriptures myself. I encourage my children to do the same. I find great strength for my personal life by doing these things. The congregation we attend often has activities where we can get together for fun and get to know one another better. We also look after one another. The men in the church are assigned families to visit and look over. I currently have one family that I am assigned. Since the church is a lay ministry, I have had oppotunities to teach adults, youth, and children. In the past I have served as a clerk, a secretary for our congregational leader, and various other responsibilites. My activity in the church has drawn me closer to God and to my fellowman.