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Hi I'm Gary

I was raised a Navy brat and move a lot until settling in Arizona. I'm a father of 5 boys, I love to play guitar and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for a Computer chip manufacture in Chandler, Az. I met my wife in church 15 years ago and I have 5 boys. I love Music, especially guitar music. I've played guitar since I was 14. Through the years I've played with various different local groups and have recorded many songs and CD's. I also own my own business.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents came from two different faiths. Dad came from a Catholic background and Mom was raised in the LDS church. They both taught that Jesus Christ was the son of God when we celebrated his birth at Christmas. We did not got to church when I was young. When I was 11 years old we moved to Arizona and we would visit my Grandmother. She was my mom's mother, she was totally blind and was an active member of the LDS Church. Although Grandma was blind, she lived alone and took care of herself. She would have audio tapes sent to her to listen to magazines, newpapers, books and such. During my visit she had a tape playing the story of Joseph Smith praying to God and that his prayer was answered by both God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ visiting young Joseph Smith telling him that he was to be an instrument into bringing the fullness of the Gospel to the Earth. I never hear that account before.. but when I hear it, I knew it was true! I thought to myself, "that is great news! to hear that God the Father and his Son Jesus would answer a boys prayer in person." The feeling that it was true stayed with me for years. Three years later my Grandmother became ill with cancer and my parents took her into our home to care for her. During that time she would play her church audio tapes in her room up loud because she was hard of hearing. When she became very ill we took her to the hospital and she afterwards passed away. This a very sad time for us because she was the first relative we were close to that had died. After her funeral my father, who was not a member of the church, asked to have the missionaries come to the home to visit. They gave us a lesson and my father want to join the church. I thought to myself, "it's about time Dad". I knew that Joseph Smith's first vision was true. We were baptized later that month. It turned out, Grandma was not hard of hearing and that she had visited my Dad after she passed away to bare her testimony of the church to him.

How I live my faith

Years after I joined the church I learned that the feelings I had about Joseph Smith's first vision was the Holy Spirit and it spoke to me telling me it was true. I've since learned to rely on the Spirit to learn of other truths of the Gospel. Like Joseph Smith, I too prayed to know what church was true and also asked if the Book of Mormon was true... and each time my prayers were answered by the Holy Spirit that they are true! I know that Jesus Christ is the literal true Son of God the Father and that Jesus is the head of this church. I served as a youth teacher and a boy scout leader. I've taught the adults in sunday school.