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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a husband. I'm a father of four beautiful girls. I'm an eye surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a son to wonderful parents, and the youngest of their seven children. I am married to an amazing woman. We met in college where we both danced with an international folk dance ensemble. We now have four beautiful girls of our own, and we enjoy the busy life of parents. I am an ophthalmologist (an eye surgeon) and I love my job. Helping my patients maintain or regain good vision, or helping them cope with vision loss, is very rewarding. I served for ten years as an officer in the Army, where I had the great privilege of caring for the eyes of many of our amazing soldiers and veterans. I enjoy music, the outdoors and playing basketball with friends when I get a free moment.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was very active in the church and I saw the blessings that came from the Gospel of Jesus Christ from a young age. When I was in my early teen years I naturally began to want to develop my own foundation of faith, rather than rely on the testimony of parents, siblings or friends. My witness of Heavenly Father's love for me, and the reality of the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, came through my experience with the scriptures- especially the Book of Mormon. I was familiar with many stories from the scriptures from my earliest years, but it wasn't until I read with a desire to know the truth, and prayed with greater faith, that I received the promised witness from the Holy Ghost. It is hard to describe the experience, but the effect was to remove any doubts that I had about the Savior, His Gospel, and His Church. Almost 25 years have passed, but that initial experience has guided every major decision that I have made since, and has been a reliable source of peace and joy for me during the good time and the trials of life. Now I love to teach my children about the Savior, and to encourage them to build their own foundation of faith while they are young.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every aspect of my life. My goal as a disciple of Christ is to lift others every day, whether it be in my work as an eye doctor, as an employer, as a neighbor, as a father or as a husband. I fall short of what I hope to do a lot- but that is the beautiful thing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ- we are blessed for our positive efforts to follow the example of the Savior. And it is in those efforts that I have found my greatest happiness in life. The Church offers many wonderful ways to serve. Currently I have the opportunity to work with the full-time missionaries of the church who work in the Spokane area. I help to organize their efforts, so that they can spend as much time as possible teaching about Jesus Christ and His Church. These missionaries are amazing- they spend 18-24 months serving the Lord full-time at their own expense. They willingly leave behind family, friends, jobs, school, etc. during that time because of their love for the Savior and their fellow men. Working with them brings back great memories of my time as a missionary in France many years ago. The work was sometimes hard and sometimes discouraging, but always worth it. To see people (including and especially myself) change for the better through the power and mercy of Christ was an unforgettable experience.