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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon - a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am from California and now live and work in Colorado

About Me

I am a husband, father and grandfather, lawyer by training, and student pilot. I was born the eldest of 7 children of my parents. I have 5 children, 2 step children and 4 grandchildren with more on the way. I was born and raised in southern California, and attended BYU for a year before serving as an LDS missionary in Spain. during the time period of General Franco's death and the transition of government to King Juan Carlos. During that time as a missionary I met Queen Sophia who questioned why 19 year old LDS young men would give up 2 years of their lives to live in other countries at their own expense and without pay. I explained that the gospel of Jesus Christ, as found in this church, was the foundation for my entire life and that I felt blessed to be able to serve at that time. After my missionary experience, I returned to BYU, married, started a family, and attended law school. Post law school, I moved to the Denver area where I now reside after re-marrying in 2004. I own a small law firm and have seen success in my career that I attribute to the blessings of a generous Father in Heaven who has made more of me than I could have ever made on my own. Nine years ago my "beautiful Catholic wife" joined the Church. I now introduce her as "my little Mormon miracle." Soon another dream will come true as we become full time missionaries in the Washington DC North mission assigned to the Temple visitors center.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of this church. During my teen years I had the normal struggles of teenagers, including having to determine for myself whether the church I was born in was true or not. As I prepared to leave to serve 2 years as a "Mormon Missionary" I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it was true. It was as if Jesus Christ himself spoke to my heart as I read of his promise to visit his "other sheep" in the Americas after his crucifixion. I knew then the church was true and was lead by a living prophet. My missionary experience, experience as a young father raising 5 children, and now my experiences worrying about grandchildren living in a complicated world, have all given me an understanding that life is both perilous and joyous. I am not perfect and some of my decisions have brought hurt and pain to those I love, but I have learned for myself through those experiences that Christ's sacrifice for us makes it possible for normal human beings to live, make mistakes, overcome weakness, and return to live with him and our Father in Heaven forever as families. If I did not have this knowledge and conviction deep in my heart I would not have the direction and focus in my life that gives meaning and value to the day to day struggles we all must face. In the end, when we all return to our Father who gave us life, I know that little I have done in life will matter except what I have done well for others and what that effort has caused me to become - hopefully, a better man, father, husband and son of our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Our church requires sacrifice of our time and talents. We do this by serving in unpaid positions in our local congregations to help fellow members and non-members. The church asks for weekly and daily serivce, sometimes when it is not convenient but necessary. We give of our time and we pay tithes to support the Lord's work. I believe, as we have been taught, that a church that does not require sacrifice of its members and adherence to a set of moral standards, does not and cannot produce the faith among its members sufficient to enable them to pass through life in a manner that will allow them to achieve all that God desires. I serve now as a leader in our congregation of older men assigned to care for 100+ families in our area. I have served in young men's organizations, scouting, taught sunday school, and helped dozens of families in their homes. This is common experience for all members of the church. We learn to help and support each other. As much as I have contributed my time, many, many, many more hours have been contributed by others to help me and my family. We know each other when we greet each other at church. We share each other's joys and pains. We mourn with each other at the passing of friends and spouses. We joy with each other when any of us does well. We follow the counsel and advice, as best we can, of a living prophet of God who can see through the complicated issues confronting our country and communities and tell us how God would have us live. We are not perfect people, but we strive to be better each day, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding. We strive to share with all our friends and loved ones what we believe so we can all, as members of God's family, return to live with him having done (as best we can) all that he requires of us.