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Hi I'm Gayne

I'm a Bagman...and a Mormon.

About Me

Well, not a Bagman of Al Capon era racketering days, but a retired bag maker. Like Peter, I was actually a tent maker in a small family canvas business for most of my life. I have been an auto mechanic, (still love to fix things, but not the greasy yuk) drove trucks, operated cranes and forklifts, managed a few warehouses, worked in sales, volunteer Scout leader for many years, love photography and wiener dogs! I was born and raised in a wonderful Mormon family in Los Angeles, drafted during Korean Conflict, met my wife while taking advanced training in Georgia, then brought her to California when my military tour ended. I have four children, six living grandchildren, and currently five great-grandchildren. Though born in the Church, I have so much admiration for those who have joined as they grew older. I come from pioneer stock, but great converts are often pioneers too. It is simply marvelous to see how lives are changed, as they experience true happiness as members of Christ's church and avail themselves of the Gospel's blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

Thankfully, I was raised in a good Mormon home. That stability during lean times taught me that the most important things of life are actually learned in the home. Older now, I sadly see others without direction and focus. My religion has given me both direction and focus and the ability to expand my faith as trials came my way. Life is not always pleasant, but the Lord has placed His trust in me to subdue and overcome evil and pain. He wants us all to succeed, and He is there to help. I trust Him because I love him and know he loves and trusts me. I shudder to think what my performance as a parent would be without the Gospel in my life. I am so happy that my dear wife and I were on the same page in trying to raise righteous children. We tried to maintain a Christ centered home. Parenting is tough and we made mistakes, but without the Church as a guideline, I wonder if our children would have made it. I look at my posterity and see so many good things happening. Those who are firm in the Gospel, move on with faith and focus. I suppose in some ways that is a parent's pay-back. Maybe? When my dear wife passed away after forty-eight years together, I found the deep loss was at times nearly unbearable. Knowing that we have been promised a forever relationship, it made the passing of a most precious spouse less devastating. I look forward to again being with my eternal family. God has His way of caring for us. He never leaves us. Four years after my wife passed, I heard a voice saying, "Gayne, your wife is dead but you are not!" I sat up in bed and had the distinct feeling that there was more to life, and I needed to get on with it. I began to date a little then, somewhat awkwardly, but I met a widow who had lost her mate in a horrible car accident, who had the same faith as me, loved the Church, and the blessings of the Gospel. It has been a wonderful six years with this great companion..

How I live my faith

I believe totally in those statements found in the "Articles of Faith". I also subscribe to the twelve points of the Scout Law. I believe doing a good turn daily is more than fair. I also believe in preparing for the future, and planning ahead. I believe the Ten Commandments are just as applicable today as they were anciently. I believe that reading the scriptures frequently is so necessary, and that many were written for our benefit today. I enjoy visiting a few families each month as a home teacher, and often receive much more than I have give. My wife and I had the opportunity to manage a Church storehouse for a year, which aided those who were in need. Currently, I am secretary in one of our priesthood groups and also working with my friends and neighbors in sharing the Gospel. I believe most assuredly that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that he lives and guides His work on the earth through living prophets who are divinely called to act in His name by authority which can only be received directly by God. I believe His church is on the earth today and I ove the opportunities and blessings it affords us. I love my Sundays! I find it hard to understand how one can have a meaningful relationship with God if Sundays are spent in doing things that prevent one from worshiping Him.. It is a testimony to me that regular Sabbath observance brings out the best in a person. I love my Sundays, I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am indeed a Bagman who also loves Doxies...and I am a Mormon..