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Hi I'm Gary

I am a father of six and have been married for 41 years. I love sports, especially college football and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have always been very interested in sports and played baseball, basketball and football all the way through high school and then was able to continue with football and baseball in college. My wife and I have been married for 38 years and have six children and seven grand children. We spent most of our lives involved in our children's interests and activities with dance, gymnastics, pageants and sports from swimming to baseball, football and basketball. I was able to coach all of my sons in little league and became an AAU Basketball coach when one of my sons was involved as a high school player. After college I was an accountant for a while and then entered the sales world in medical sales after a few years with IBM. I now own two related businesses where we manufacture and distribute product throughout the U.S. The best part about the businesses is that I have some of my family involved with me. There is no joy greater than being able to be with family everyday. All of our children live around us and a few are involved in the business in either a full time or part time basis. Our business success has come to a great extent because of family involvement and what a joy it is to be able to work with children and see them grow and make the business better. The church provides may opportunities to serve and my wife and I want to spend our golden years being able to give back for all we have been given. The kids will want to see us leave soon I am sure.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church and have always been grateful that at a very early age I received a very strong testimony of the Our Father in Heaven and Our Savior that I could never deny. My parents and grand parents were helpful in teaching me truths, but my testimony has come from my early experiences with prayer and the power of the priesthood. Before I was even 12 years old, I would go to church on my own if my parents were unable to do so because of the power of testimony that I felt. I have felt and witnessed the hand of the Lord in my life ever since I was very young in school and sports and have felt the direction of the Holy Ghost in my personal in life. I know that I have accomplished more in sports, school, relationships and my career because of the teachings of the gospel and the direction of the Holy Ghost than I would have been able to do without those special blessings. Today, more than ever, I feel the strong direction of the Holy Ghost as I have had to change my career late in my life and am completely aware that my success has come from the direction I have received from the loving Father in Heaven, His Son Jesus Christ and the promptings and direction of the Holy Ghost. The Gospel has helped me understand the Savior in a way I could not have if I only had the Bible. The Bible has been a major blessing in my testimony of the Savior, but to have a second witness that the Savior appeared to people in America long ago has improved my faith, understanding and certainty of the Savior. The Book Of Mormon mentions the Savior in about one of every 1.7 versus. He is the reason for the Book Of Mormon and the Book Of Mormon is a major reason for my complete knowledge of the Savior's reality and divinity. I live today in an uncertain world, but with a special feeling of peace knowing our purpose and because of the blessings of our sacred covenants in the gospel and in the Temples.

How I live my faith

My life is the gospel and the church, in addition to my career. My wife and I serve in a young single adult congregation of young adults between the ages of 19 and 30. I also get to teach a religion class to other young single adults throughout our city that come to a religion class once per week. We have about 300 each week that come to learn how to live better, understand the Savior and grow in friendship. As I have served in the church, I have gained a strong knowledge of how much Our Father and His Son love the young people at this time. He has a special mission for them. We participate in service projects for the community, work in food centers to provide food to the needy and assist those in elderly stages of their lives. Our faith encourages us to take time for the scriptures and to garnish our thoughts with good each day to counteract the evils we come in contact with in the world. For several years I have spent at least 30 minutes per day studying the scriptures and as I drive, I now listen to words of modern prophets on CD rather than sports talk radio. It has changed my entire nature and has helped me desire to do good continually.