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Hi I'm Gary

I’m Sixty years old, I drive a Viper, I enjoy the music of the 60’s and early 70’s, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent my youth bouncing back and forth between Southern California and Idaho where I worked for my parents in the aircraft spraying and dusting business. Beginning in High School, as with many growing up in the 1960’s and the Vietnam era I found myself involved in the times, long hair, beard, bell bottoms, love beads, and a V.W. Beatle. I now live in Central Arizona where my lovely wife of fourteen years and I own and operate a business, something we have both done most of our adult lives. In fact, it is because of a small manufacturing company I owned that lead to us being introduced at a Boat Show in Phoenix. We love each other, our family, and the outdoors where we spend what time we can fishing, hunting, rock hounding, and enjoying the beauty of this earthly creation. Between us we are blessed to have ten children, and nineteen grandchildren. Unfortunately I have found that our kids are no smarter than I was, fortunately they are all grown and out of the house on their own. The best part are our grandkids who we really enjoy spending time with. Possibly because I know that at the end of the day they too will be going home. Away from that my life is probably quite similar to yours. I get up in the morning, look in the mirror, check for new wrinkles and grey hairs, then go to work and try to make enough to pay the taxes and stay ahead of the bill collectors. Oh, I also do what I can to be a decent neighbor, a contributing member of the community, and to serve others.

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents did their best to provide a stable home life, and to teach me both temporal and spiritual values, as with many teenagers I refused to listen. It wasn’t until I faced a troubled marriage and the possibility of being separated from my daughter that I realized I was on a dead end path leading nowhere. Loving my family and wanting to hold it together I knew there was only one possible solution, to return to Church and the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At that time my children’s mother took the Missionary Discussions, after which she was baptized. For the next five years we as a family continued to attend Church, and to fulfill our callings. When it finally ended, I not only found myself torn from my four children, but life as I had known it. I weakened, allowed my insecurities to take over, and once again found myself kicking against the pricks outside of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Life’s lessons don’t always come easy, and at times because of our human frailties we don’t always learn the first time around. Fortunately we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us each to return home, and even though we may give up on ourselves the Lord doesn’t give up on us. He knows our weaknesses and our needs, he hears our prayers, and answers them when we open ourselves up to his blessings. When I was introduced to my lovely wife, unbeknown to me she was an answer to my prayers. Thanks to her love and patience I am once again on the straight and narrow. The difference being my level of commitment, and desire to honor the covenants I have entered into. I know you can find happiness living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in doing so you will grow closer to your Heavenly Father. I also know that we have the blessing of a Living Prophet to guide us through our troubled times, and that if we build upon our faith by living the example of Christ and serving others our burdens will be made light, and we will have hope.

How I live my faith

In our business my wife and I often have the opportunity to interject Gospel Principles into our conversations with customers. What is interesting is that we have never had anyone question our input, even though the Book of Mormon and modern day revelation influence our beliefs tremendously. I have found that most want to do what is right, and even though our religious affiliation may vary our hopes are normally grounded in the belief of Jesus Christ. Within the Church I have had the privilege of working with young men in Scouting. Much of the time our troop consisted of more non LDS boys than members. Being an inner city congregation many of them had never ventured far from town, so camping, hiking, fishing, and just being in the outdoors was a new experience. I remember a night hike we took, where I was helping them locate the North Star and a few constellations when one of the boys pointed to the horizon and ask “what are those stars”. At that point I realized just how far removed they were from their element, and how needy they were of proper guidance, for the stars he pointed to were aircraft on approach to the local airport. My calling is now to work with the Full-Time Missionaries assigned to our area. I often accompany them on teaching appointments where I have the opportunity to share my testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of his gospel. What I find most assuring is how the Spirit of the Lord touches those who open themselves up to his promptings. I have witnessed others receive confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon by not only studying its passages, but by pondering them and asking how they apply to their eternal salvation, then humbly and prayerfully approaching the Lord in search of an answer. As were the scouts, we too are out of our element and in need of guidance, without it we cannot reach our potential. So I do what I can to help spread the Lords Plan of Happiness to those who are searching for the truth.