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Hi I'm Gerry

I'm a father, PR professional, and a fan of geeky stuff like sci-fi and Dungeons & Dragons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm your average geek. I love just about anything science fiction and fantasy, from old movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still to Marvel comics to RPGs (especially Dungeons and Dragons). I love anything by H.P. Lovecraft and all things Chthulhu Mythos. I also enjoy practicing aikido a couple of times a week. I'm also a husband (20+ years!) and father of three children. I'm a PR professional by trade. It helps support my habit of buying books, DVDs and other time wasters.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a deep belief in my Mormon faith. It has not always been the case. I struggled for many years with what I truly believed. I wasn't sure if God was there or not, but I wanted to believe in Him and believed that organized religion was valuable in helping me to live a better life. What ultimately helped me was a challenge from a local leader. He promised that if our families would pray together, read the scriptures together, and spend time together discussing gospel principles that our families would be strengthened. I know this is true. My family began doing that and it changed my life. Suddenly, my family was more important to me than my own personal selfish desires. I began to pray to God myself in private, something I had not done for many years. Things started to happen in my life that let me know without question that God was watching over me and my family and wanted the best for us. I began to serve more faithfully in my ward and was asked to serve in leadership positions. The more I served the more I felt the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life. Even as I type this I feel a great warmth in my heart that lets me know that God loves me and wants me to follow Jesus Christ. I can say without a doubt that Jesus Christ was the divine son of God. That when he was crucified, he completed an eternal atonement that allows us to be washed clean of our own sins. It is beyond comprehension how such an act could take place - I guess because it is infinite and eternal and beyond the scope of our moral and finite brains - but I know it to be true because I have felt my sins washed away through Christ. I have changed and become a better person than I was. I believe this can happen for anyone who wants to change from what they once were and become what they have the potential to be. God hasn't forgotten us or stopped being there. I believe He still speaks to us today through ordained servants and He is just waiting for us to come to Him. Don't wait.

How I live my faith

I try very hard to live my faith every day. Raising children in this world isn't easy, but I think it is critical to introduce them to God and teach them a way to live that will help them to be happy. I have learned through my life that the best way to be happy is to follow the example of Jesus Christ's life and to live as he did. This means thinking about others and looking for opportunities to serve them. I'm privileged to be one who has been asked to be the leader of the older men and single women/widows in our ward (congregation). As part of that role, I try to make sure that everyone has all of their needs taken care of. Recently, I visited our oldest brother in the hospital just days before he died from complications of a major stroke. I like to think I gave him some comfort in the last hours that he was alert and conscious. I truly miss him and believe his has passed on to a better place. On a regular basis, we get together and help each other. After a major storm last year left devastation (uprooted trees, broken fences, roofs stripped of shingles), we had a crew organized within 24 hours that cut and hauled away countless trees, covered bare roofs, and helped in other ways. Not a single person was compensated for their time. They did it out of love for their fellow men and women. Mormons were working along side those of other faiths and it was all done in a spirit of community. This is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is about -- love and charity. And you will see it in abundance in our ward. I am grateful for a religion that teaches me to serve and provides opportunities for me to do so. I appreciate that it helps teach my son and daughters the same traits. When you are busy thinking of others, you don't have enough time to worry about feeling bad for yourself.