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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of nine and grandpa to twelve (so far). I was raised in Michigan and went to college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After that, I joined the US Air Force, primarily to get an education and stay out of Viet Nam. So I became a Security Policeman and they sent me to Viet Nam. Well, I got experience and an education. I was stationed in Colorado for a few years and liked it so much that I am still here. I have been in the facility maintenance field for over 30 years. Using some of the skills that go with that I do metal sculpture as a main hobby. At times I have even managed to sell a few pieces. So if I had my way, I would much prefer to do the sculpture than the maintenance work. And who knows? Maybe that will happen someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in in a home with a strong religious background, Catholic. But I fell away soon after I gained the independence of going off to college and then the military. But I never fell away so far that I didn't keep searching for something that seemed to be missing from what I was raised with as well as anything else I looked at. As it turned out, the beliefs I developed while in the military and an involvement in politics led to many deep discussions at work with a member who had a similar background of experiences. I was taught and with a little study and a lot of prayer soon accepted the account of the first vision. It has been over 30 years with many ups and downs in my life. Through it all, I've never regretted my decision to keep looking for the truth. Truth is the one constant in the universe. As long as you search for it with an honest heart, you will eventually find it. The real hard part is putting forth the effort to keep it fresh in your life. Study and Prayer always works.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have raised many children, and they more than anything have kept me on the straight and narrow. My personal effort is toward my own salvation, because I cannot force them to do what is right. Seeing the influence of my good decisions and how they can keep our children on the right path, for the most part, shows me it is all worthwhile. The callings I have had in the Church also keep me focused too. Working with the Boy Scouts and other youth groups in the Church organization has been very rewarding too. My service in the community and with friends both within the church or not, helps keeps me grounded and focused to stay active in following the Saviors admonition to serve; "... as you have done unto the least of these thy brethren, you have also done it unto Me..." I have had the privilege of elected service in my community too. Now, that has really opened my eyes to the great need of more righteous people willing to give time to public service. There is much influence we can have without even directly knowing how we have done it. I'm sure it is our example.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Gary
We are always encouraged to participate in the political process. We are not told to choose a certain candidate or party to support. We are however expected to use our knowledge of the issues and gospel principles relating to them to make an informed decision. Our participation is another form of service to our communities in this sense: If we are truly following the principles of the Savior and the Gospel that He taught, we will be a positive influence in our communities and nations. Show more Show less