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Hi I'm Gary

I grew up in Colorado Springs. I am a retired police officer, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I love to hike, trail run, swim, practice yoga, ride my road bike, mountain bike, and commuter bike. I like to grow my organic vegetable garden. I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy as well as non-fiction. I love space music, heavy metal, and classical music. I enjoy natural history as well as local and world history. I enjoy learning about eastern religions.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eighteen I became dissatisfied with the difference between what I heard in the sermons every Sunday and what I saw my family and the pastor who preached those sermons was doing during the week. I had a friend who was a Mormon who invited me to read the Book of Mormon. Since i love reading this was a very easy thing for me to do but I had questions about some of what I was reading . She invited me to listen to the missionaries in her home. I loved the missionaries from the first time I met with them. They were living each day what they were teaching me without any disconnect. Their sense of purpose in serving God for two years of their lives was what I felt I was looking for in my own life. They invited me to be baptized but I did not feel I was ready. They invited me to pray about my baptism. I had nevwer really prayed for anything sincerely before. When I finally did pray I felt a very direct response from God through his spirit that I should be baptized. That was twenty-eight years ago and I am so thankful that I said that prayer. My life has been enriched in so many ways by being a member of the church and throughout my church service I have seen other peoples lives changed as well.

How I live my faith

I participate in my community by working a a public servant and helping people to be safe as well as helping victims of crime know that they are not alone. I learned Spanish when I served as a missionary in Mexico and I love going to church with other Spanish speakers in my congregation. As a leader in our lay priesthood group I love being able to visit the families in our congregation in their homes and helping to strengthen their faith as well as helping them to overcome their challenges related to employment or self reliance.