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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Gary and I am a Mormon. I have many roles. Most importantly, I am a husband, the father of five children and the grandfather of five boys and one for girl. Professionally, I was the Development Services Director for my city, which means that I led the land use planning and zoning, plus the building departments for the City. Civicly, I am a member of the Kiwanis Club in our City and have served as a treasurer for the club. I grew-up in the San Francisco Bay Area and have lived in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. We enjoy traveling and camping. We wish to visit every state in the Union and have two states left to visit (Hawaii, and North Dakota). Through the years we have experienced great joys and many trials. Through them all, we have come to recognize our great joy and dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord has helped us in miraculous ways to weather the storms and has blessed us by coming out of these storms in ways that no man could ever make happen. We do not know how we could have survived but through the grace and kindness of His healing powers. At various times, we have had all of our family members blessed and healed by the power of the Lord. I love and cherish my family. I have found that living the gospel principles has helped me through contentious times in my career and has helped to withstand the false personal attacks heaped upon me during times of political turmoil. I am grateful for the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because through prayer I have had a confirmation that Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel and the authority act in His name has been restored to the eart through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the World. I believe in the clear and logical teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that Christ took upon Himself the sins of all mankind in the Garden of Gethesame and died for us on the cross. Only He could take upon Himself our sins and pay the ultimate price for them. Only through him can we become clean of our sins and be forgiven. I know God does speak to us in our day and that He appeared to Joseph Smith in the Spring of 1820. I know there is a living prophet today and we are blessed when we following his counsel and direction. Time has proven that the prophets' counsel in these latter days to be true and correct. I have found that the lifestyle taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the greatest lifestyle in the world. The teachings of the Church have helped my family to be happier, healther, and able to better cope with life's challenges. A balanced life as taught by the Church has motivated us to seek a good education, exercise, participate in community activities, and center our lives on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We have been able to avoid the plagues of substance abuse, societal ills, and enjoy family and good friendships. Our lives have been free of the great expenses that our friends bear in supporting their distructive habits (tabacoo, alcohol, gaming, etc.). We are able to enjoy peace of mind and comfort in our everyday lives when we live as we are taught in the Church. My family has been able to enjoy wholesome recreational and service activities. Most importantly, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided the way to my family to be sealed together for time and all eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating not only in my church activities, but by helping others through in a service club which raises funds and clothes over 700 needy children at Christmas time each year. The Club also raises monies to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year. Last year we provided 32 scholarships. As a congregation (ward) we served the community by painting over graffiti on the cliffs and by picking up glass chards at a historic wagon wheel park. This project not only benefited the community but helped our youth to see the negative effects of vandalism and carelessness. Great fellowship was experienced by the group. I strive to live gospel principles in by career and use correct principles in serving the people of the community. The teachings of the Lord are necessary in order for our society to succeed. Hopefully, my involvement in local government helps our community to be a better place of all of us to live, work, and play.