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Hi I'm Gary

I was born of goodly parents. Their ancestors converted to Mormonism in 1832. I am a retired computer programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born deaf. I grew up without learning sign language until I was 20 years old. So I learned to communicate reading lips and to speak. I attended school with the hearing kids not knowing of any other deaf kids around. My life centered around hearing kids. I grew up in Portland Oregon (Milwaukie) and moved to Utah at the age of 13. I graduated from high school in Orem Utah. At the age of 19, having saved as much money as possible from work, I served a mission in Seattle Washington for a year, and then transferred to Southern California to the Ventura mission to serve with the deaf people. That is where I first learned ASL and i have used sign language since. I have been married three times and am happily married this time around (third time is the charm). I have four kids, three from the first and one from the second. The 4th child is deaf. What a challenge. I worked as a computer programmer for over 20 years and retired from this work. I continue to be busy in life serving others, attending to my family needs, going to the temple to do temple work to do proxies for people who have passed on without having had a chance for receiving the gospel and baptism in this life. Life has been good with challenges to overcome at times. I love golfing, all forms of sports. I love watching football on TV especially the playoffs. I enjoy hiking in the mountains here in the Seattle area. And going on vacations to different states.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a Mormon. Both of my parent's ancestors joined the church in 1832 in England and came across the Atlantic Ocean to be with the Mormon members. So the family I was born into was very into being Mormons. As for me in accepting myself in being a Mormon, I just always believed it in my heart. When I first learned and understood what being a Mormon was, I knew it without any doubts. I am deaf so it was a challenge for me learning of the gospel and I didn't learn until I was at least 5 years old. I got my first understanding of Jesus Christ at a Presbyterian church where they had deaf kids attending. None knew sign language so it was by sight of seeing pictures, some reading. When I was seven years old, I started going to the Mormon church with my parents and family. At the age of 8, I was baptized and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Since then I have learned so much more and known inside my heart that the Mormon church was true. I have never wavered from it. I have read all the scriptures and also many books that relate to the Gospel and Plan of Salvation. I read the Book of Mormon series in summarized form with pictures and that solidified my testimony of the Book of Mormon even more. I've always admired the stories found in the Book of Mormon as well as in the Bible. So much to learn of Jesus Christ and His Atonement and so much to appreciate what he did for us. He came to earth to live, and do what he was called to do. To be the Savior of the world and teach us love. He gave us two commandments. Simple and true to the form. Love God. Love your neighbor. Truly with love and with knowledge of who we are and why we are here, it makes life more exciting and more acceptable. I love going to church and taking the sacrament to renew my covenants made at my baptism to always remember Jesus Christ, to keep his commandments and to endure to the end. Indeed that makes me a Christian believer and yes I am a happy faithful Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church weekly. I have been called in many positions in the church, both hearing wards and deaf branches. I've grown with each of the callings. I share the gospel with anyone that's willing to listen or wants to learn more about life and about who Jesus Christ is. When friends call me needing help, I usually go and take care of them. My motto is helping friends in need and giving them love and hope for there may be a day when I have needs to be met and I will need their help. That's what Jesus Christ did teaching us about love.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). When Jesus lived on the earth (approximately 2,000 years ago), He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement —Jesus Christ saves us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, you can be forgiven of your sins when you sincerely repent (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less