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Hi I'm Gary Hicken

I grew up in Southern California and have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints all my life.

About Me

I have been married for 42 years, have 5 children and 15 Grandchildren. I have an AA Degree in Police Science, a Bachelor Degree in Adminstration of Justice and a Masters in Public Administration. I also graduated from the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College in 1994. I have served as a Police Officer for 36 years and am currently the Chief of Police for the cities of Saratoga Springs and Bluffdale in the State of Utah. I was hired to start a new Police Department in Saratoga Springs in December of 2006. The Department began service to the citizens in July of 2007. We then contracted with the City of Bluffdale to serve their citizens in July of 2010. I have also served as a SWAT Commander for the last 10 years in both California and Utah. Previously I was Chief of Police for the City of Buena Park California. (Knotts Berry Farm City) I fly large scale radio controlled airplanes and helicopters, have bred and exhibited Budgies(parrakeets) since 1976. My wife and I are Champion exhibitors. I am President of the American Budgerigar Society. We also keep and exhibit Japanese Koi all over the USA.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger I had to find out for myself if there was a God and is Jesus Christ his only begotten son and the Savior of all Mankind. I determined I would find out. I did not want to be persuaded or talked into believing but knew I could not receive an answer unless I paid the price. Most people say "Lord I will do what you want me to do if you help me know the truth"and if Jesus is the Christ". I knew it had to be the other way around. I said "Lord, I will do all you have commanded me to do and then I want to know if it is true". I changed my life and kept all the commandments of God with exactness. So did my wife. The Book of Mormon was the key. I read with my wife very diligently from the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. Before I ever finished, while reading in 3rd Nephi about the Lords visit to the people on this continent, after his resurrection, I had received the knowlege I asked for along with my wife. We received it at the very same time. I have never doubted the truth of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith the Prohet and the restored gospel ever since that day. I don't just beleive it is true I know that it is. Jesus is the Christ and the Mormon church is his restored gospel on the earth today. Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today.

How I live my faith

I teach and preside over Branch #57 (new missionaries at the Provo Missionary training Center) and have served with the youth most of my adult life. I have been in scouting for 40+ years and have received the "Silver Beaver Award" for adults who serve in scouting. I have served as a Bishop in Southern California and as a Stake President in the same area. I also spend a lot of time in the community putting on events like "tip-a-cop", "Polar Plunge" and the "Torch Run" which benefits the Special Olympics and handicapped people in our country. I have hiked all over Utah and California taking youth to see the great creations of our Father in Heaven.