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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of one. I have learned from both of these wonderful women in my life how important it is to work hard for them, so that I can provide the means so they can reach their potential. They have set the example and helped me to try and focus on the heavenly things which are truly most important in this life. I have been blessed with a career in auditing for the Department of Defense where I feel a sense of security and a pride of knowing I am giving back to this country, and more importantly a sense of pride that I am helping support the men and women who protect the freedoms we enjoy in this sacred land.

Why I am a Mormon

I am blessed to be a member of this wonderful church from the day I was born. I am grateful that my parents raised me to understand how I fit into God’s plan and that as I travel through this life there are answers to all of life’s significant questions. I love knowing that God’s plan for his children is simple. I have often told my friends and others that if we try to make God’s plan difficult and complex and not look for the simple and clear answers we are probably not on the straight and narrow path. I often recall the words of Mark 10:15 “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little a child, he shall not enter therein.” I hope I will never look to the Gospel in more than a child’s eye.

How I live my faith

I am grateful to be a member of this church which gives me the opportunity to serve others and to know inside that I am not traveling this life long road alone. I have found most of my happiness occurs when I am helping others and when I focus on myself I lose sight of eternal perspectives and my happiness wanes. I am the type of person who likes to hide in the background and not be out front where people can see me. I like to volunteer and help when others are in need. I will often reflect back to Matthew 3:6 “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth”. I am grateful that in this latter-day, our Heavenly Father has restored His gospel to help put this life and the joy of service into perspective and provide a way for everyone to find peace and happiness.

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is an event which took place in New York in 1820 to answer a prayer by a young man wanting to know a simple truth – “which of all the Churches in the area should he join”. Both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appear in answer to his prayer. The First Vision is a perfect example of God's love. It is a lesson of answering sincere prayers of the heart and how a prayer’s answer can be so clear as to dispel all doubt. This event was the start of God’s latter-day start to dispel doubt and incomplete truths, the greatest of which is knowing that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate and distinct personages with bodies of flesh and bone. Yes, this wonderful event may have been on a much larger scale that anyone of us have experienced but I like to think that – once a truth has been restored we don’t need to have the same event occur over and over, we need only to pray for confirmation. Then we simply need to know that following each event truths are added not repeated. Show more Show less