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Hi I'm Gabriel

I'm a film maker. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife, Anne, and I have been married for almost three years and our son, Joshua, just had his first birthday. I'm going to school to get my Masters in Producing Film and I would like to eventually work in Hollywood as a writer/director. I enjoy teaching and worked for five years at an elementary school as a classroom aid and two years at a university as an American Sign Language lab instructor. Growing up I trained in Ju Jitsu, Tai Chi and Jeet Kune Do, as well as broadsword and katana swordplay. Following high school I trained in Parkour and became an amateur trausuer. I have a connective tissue disorder that weakens my joints and has limited my physical activities. In my spare time now I work on writing short stories and novels.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the church I strayed in my youth. While my parents encouraged me to attend church and made sure I was in attendance for our family nights and scripture study, I thought I could find happiness elsewhere. I sat on the fence for a long while on a lot of issues and finally decided that I needed to pick a side. Thankfully I tried faith first. I did everything that I'd been taught to do. I prayed morning and night about my concerns and struggles and gave thanks for blessing. I studied the scriptures every morning for an hour and made an effort to ponder on the sections throughout the day. At the end of the first week of my experiment, I went to church. When I got home I began to think about how my week had been and it amazed me to realize how different I felt. Before, life was a dark struggle. But now, light filled my soul. I fell to my knees and gave thanks to God for His love and patience in bringing me back into His fold. I have seen so many of my friends from that time continue to wander and search for that happiness God has promised them if they would only turn to Him. I know God lives. I know His son, Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and draw closer to Heaven. I know God speaks to men on earth and that, from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson, God continues to call prophets in our day.

How I live my faith

A classmate of mine recently broke his leg in a cycling accident. His family lives far away and he asked if someone could go with him to the hospital and be with him when it came time for his surgery to repair his leg. This was a difficult time in class with projects and papers coming due but the Saviors admonition to comfort those who stand in need of comfort came to mind and I volunteered to go with him. While at the hospital we had a great opportunity to talk about life and faith, and when the surgeon came into the room, my classmate's fears had faded and the procedure went without any problems. This is what living my faith means to me. Baring one anothers burdens and helping those in need. In the ward that I attend, I help make sure that the families in our congregation have their needs met and that their homes are places where the Holy Ghost may reside.

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