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Hi I'm Gary

I am a program manager. I enjoy hunting and hiking, am married, and have two children and two grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to be with my family, working in the yard, going to the movies or plays, and attending church together. In grade school, I went with my grandfather on the garbage route, and enjoyed watching him operate big trucks that compressed garbage to make room for more. He was also my Boy Scout leader, and I enjoyed learning first aid, camping, and outdoor skills. He would often take us "across the line" into Mexico to give clothes, food, and other commodities to the needy who were always appreciative. My grandmother would always have some good treats for us to eat when we got back home. My father also taught me many things when he would take me with him to work at the laundry. I especially liked seeing the big equipment in operation. My mother would always have nutritious meals ready for us when we got home. I learned to love the outdoors as my father taught me and my four brothers how to hunt rabbits, deer, javelina, ducks, and dove. My mother was a great sport cooking whatever we brought home into great meals. I graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a bachelors degree in Political Science, and earned a masters degree in public administration from Arizona State University (ASU). I graduated from the police academy and worked nights as a reserve police officer for five years, and have been a Scoutmaster. I earned a PhD in public policy from ASU, and have worked as a legislative lobbyist, public administrator, university faculty, and program manager.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel my Savior's love, especially feel the ratifying influence of the Holy Spirit as I read the words of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. I love to renew my baptismal covenants each Sunday as I partake of the Sacrament, and am inspired as I listen to the testimonies of others who express how their lives are blessed by our Heavenly Father. As I attend the Temple with the names of ancestors in hand, I cherish the eternal family ties as those holding the priesthood use the sealing power of Elijah to bind families together forever. I love to read the Book of Mormon, participate in scriptural discussions at church, and help with service projects in the community. I appreciate receiving 'callings' or assignments from the Bishop or Stake President to volunteer my services in specialized ways in the church. I feel the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides me with a complete Gospel experience.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in as many church activities as possible. I recently finished serving two years away from my home congregation as the clerk for the Bishopric in the young singles congregation, helping create, confidentially maintain, and appropriately share a true and complete record of the membership, their needs, their callings, donations, and participation in activities. It is always challenging and inspiring to work in different 'callings' or tasks. My current assignment is to be the instructor in one of the adult classes. I look forward to reading the lessons, studying the scriptures, calling upon the Holy Spirit for inspiration, and utilizing facilitation skills to encourage everyone to share their feelings during the discussions about the gospel of Jesus Christ.