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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in New Mexico, love the outdoors and work in the media.

About Me

I love my family. My wife and I have a several children who have unique talents and personalities. When they were growing up it was a bit noisy around the house but I see now that it was simply all those abilities, goals and ambitions trying to bust out! I have enjoyed working in the media for many years. I started out as disc jockey, became more interested in the field which led me to study communications and eventually receive a masters degree. Now, of course, the media has grown beyond radio and television to include the burgeoning area of social media. I enjoy the challenge of learning and being challenged to develop communications solutions in today's fast moving media environment. I also enjoy writing poetry and songs. But my greatest relaxation is canoeing. Our family has a favorite gentle stream we get to almost every year. I know I'm in a good place when I forget all my pin numbers--then I know that I am really on vacation. Grandchildren are also a delight. I enjoy seeing them discover life as "brand new." It reminds me of the beauties of the world that I may have missed without their regular, "you know what?" exclamations at every new thing that excites them.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up as a Mormon. I joined the Mormon Church in college. I met a girl who was a member and that certainly had an influence on my taking an initial interest. But after a while I became interested in finding out more about the church on my own. A year earlier, I had been visiting the churches of my friends during my last of high school. I literally looked up, "churches" in the telephone directory and went to a different one, with someone I knew, over a period of many weeks. I can't say that I knew exactly what I was looking for--I was at a point in my life where I wondered--what is it all about? Are we just going around on a ball of dirt with no real purpose? This quest continued in college and upon meeting a Mormon girl I realized that was not a religion I had even considered looking into. The more I learned, the more my questions about why we are here, where we came from and where we are going were answered. I reached a point where I said, "if it isn't true, it ought to be." I knew that Jesus Christ was indeed real and was my Savior. And I knew that I did have a purpose in this life as do all of us. We are God's spirit children and he knows each of us and wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

I think it does us all good to serve others. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help and perhaps make a small difference in someone's life. It also helps us feel like we are giving something back for all the blessings we have received in life. And as a Christian I feel a special responsibility to, "love one another." Our church provides many opportunities to teach, serve in the Scouting program and help with community service projects. I enjoy those chances to help out. At times service has looked like just a lot of work but as I have gotten into a project that is of benefit to the city or someone else I have found that I am a beneficiary as well. I think that is what putting our faith to work is all about--doing something for someone else.