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Hi I'm Gus

I am a husband of a perfect wife, a father, a Soldier with three tours in the Middle East, a mechanical engineer and a Mormon.

About Me

My wife refers to me as the eternal Boy Scout as I have strived to live the Scout Oath throughout my life. I believe that living the principles taught therein is a formula for success and happiness in life. Upon graduating from college, I received an ROTC commission in the U.S. Army and have been serving either on active duty or in the Army Reserve for the past 28 years. I served in the 1st Armored Division in Germany before the Berlin wall came down and led a transportation company through operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I was the only Mormon in the unit, but upon our return from Saudi Arabia in 1991 one of the buses transporting my unit from Fort Riley to Omaha was placarded with the signage "Gus' Stormin Mormons." In the Army I am a logistics officer and one Canadian officer with whom I attended Command and General Staff College commented that the reason I am a good logistics officer is that I practice logistics every day in meeting the food, transportation, and maintenance needs of my large family. In addition to seven biological children, my wife and I have adopted 3 children from Nicaragua. We have also been foster parents to dozens of other children. The motto “Kid R Us” definitely applies. My day job is managing new product introduction (NPI) projects in the telecommunications industry beginning with AT&T Bell Labs and currently with CommScope Inc. I enjoy serving in church callings, especially those that include working with Boy Scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah and so was exposed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) at a young age and was encourage to participate by my mother. At age eleven my parents divorced and I found the stability I needed in my life in the Boy Scout Troop sponsored by the LDS Church near my childhood home. The adult leaders and fellow scouts provide the mentorship and friendship I needed to charter my life towards a mission for the church and college. Community service was an integral part of the church programs and I found great joy in providing service to those in need. Since those boyhood days over forty years ago, my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and assurance that he leads this church has grown many-fold. I strive to read from the scriptures and to offer prayers to my Heavenly Father daily. As I do, I feel His love and am blessed with the peace and assurance I need to meet the daily challenges whether leading troops in a combat zone or meeting the challenges for raising a house full of teenage girls. The gospel of Jesus Christ has bless my family supremely as I have witness five of my children happily married to wonderful spouses in LDS temples over the last three years. The arrival of three healthy grandchildren over the last two years has been one of my greatest joys. My faith teaches me that happiness can best be achieved within a family where the principles of gospel of Jesus Christ are taught and lived. What a joy it is to witness the fruits of living these principles. The LDS Church teaches me the principles that have helped me be successful as a husband, father, Soldier and engineer.

How I live my faith

My faith animates all aspects of my life, whether at home, at work or in a far away combat zone. As it has often been said, “there are no atheists in fox holes.” I find that it is in those most challenging and stressful situations that I earnestly call upon our Heavenly Father. Prior to my most recent deployment to Iraq, my wife was quite worried and distraught. However, before being deployed, I was asked to serve in a church leadership position in Iraq in concert with my military assignment. Knowing that I was on a mission for the Lord, as well as for the Army, gave my wife great peace and comfort. My service in the Church was a highlight of my deployment. I was asked to help organize military branches in a number of communities including Mosul in the Providence of Nineveh and at Talil Airbase near the ancient city or Ur. It was an amazing experience to see branches of the church established in such religiously significant areas of Iraq. As part of my assignment, I was to help reach out to the Iraqi members of the church to fellowship and strengthen them with the challenges they faced as Mormons living in the Kurdish areas of Iraq. They truly lived each day by faith. During one week, I had the privilege of organizing the first branch of the church in Balad as well as helping direct the reopening and rededication of a Mosque on the joint airbase. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that we are all children of God and the opportunity to work with Iraqi Soldiers and contractors was another highlight of my deployment. We share so much in common, be it love and concern for our families, love for God, by whatever name we call him and the desire to make the world we in which we live in a better and safer place. I know my live would be completely different without the guiding principles of my faith and would be void of much of the joy and happiness I now experience.