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Hi I'm Gary

I am a Family Physician in the Army and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California where I joined the church at the age of 14. I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York for two years, served as a missionary for two years in Belgium and then finished my last two years at West :Point. I attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Fort Benning, Geogria. I have served as an Army physician for the past 23 years and love my job. My first wife and I had five boys with one set of twins. After 25 wonderful years of marriage, she died of breast cancer. I am currently married to a wonderful woman with three girls. We are enjoying our new blended family of 8 children. I love to hike, backpack and spend time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

My father joined the church when I was at my grandparents in Wyoming. After his 2nd divorce, my father was searching for a church that would provide us with the stability and values that he wanted me to have. When I returned home that summer, he was very anxious for me to discover the joy that he had found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was reluctant at first and eventually agreed to meet with the missionaries. They were very kind and I enjoyed talking to them. I went to church with my father but remember thinking how sad it was that all these people were so misled. As I continued to attend, I discoved that there were doctors, pharmacists, lawyers and corporate executives. Besides being very kind, these people were VERY intelligent. At that point I decided that there must be something that attracted such good people and I began to listen to the message with faith instead of doubt. Suddenly I found that the lessons the missionaries taught and the things that I read in the Book of Mormon came alive with the spirit. I knew that the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was true and I was baptized. I will never forget how wonderful I felt the day I was baptized. I had never felt such joy and peace in all my life. I had no doubt that I had made the correct choice. Since then my life has been blessed in countless ways and my testimony has been reconfirmed again and again!

How I live my faith

I have served as a leader for the Young Men for many years and have loved the opportunity to interact with them. My faith is strengthened as I see their dedicated service and love one for another. I especially enjoy going backpacking with them and watching them grow in unity as they face the rigors of a 50 mile trip. We often provide service to the local soup kitchen by baking desserts or serving food to the homeless. My son and I have three families in the church hat we visit each month. We try to make sure their needs are bieing met and provide a gospel message. It is a joy to serve with my son in this way.