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Hi I'm Gary A. Lawson

I was born in Utah, have lived in California, Missouri, France and Switzerland and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am now retired after practicing dentistry for 34 years. During my life I have help to raise three sons and one daughter of whom I am very proud. I enjoy playing golf, bike riding and reading, especially about world war II. When my children were young, I coached them in football and baseball. It was a very important part of my life at the time. I spent some fourteen years teaching boys to love sports, competition, winning and loosing. It is wonderful to see what fine men these boys have become. Before all of this I received a BS degree from Utah State University and my DMD degree from Washington University. After graduating from dental school, I served two years in the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego California. After returning to Utah to set up a private practice I joined the Army Reserve as a dental office. I was able to serve as commanding office of the 143rd Medical Company (Dental Services) and after 32 years in military service, retired as a coronel. It was at Utah State that I met the love of my life and married. We have been married for 43 years. We like most couples have had a wonderful life with many ups and downs. Now being retired, we enjoy traveling together and have been to many parts of the world. We enjoy seeing our thirteen grand children and watch them grow and develop.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in Utah, I did not grow up in the Mormon Church. My mother was a convert to the Church and my father, even though he was baptized, was not active when I was young. I was baptized into the church when I was about eight and a half. It was during the next four years that I really started to gain interest in the church. I found that I was happier as a young person when I was involved in the activities of the church and associating with the members that were my age. At age twelve I was ordained a deacon in the church and had my first experience that I can remember of truly feeling the spirit. As my bishop and others laid their hands on my head to confer upon me the Aaronic Priesthood and ordain be to the office of a deacon, I had such a special wonderful feeling wash through by body. I remember this feeling as though it just happened, however at the time I was not sure exactly what was happening to me. I had not been taught about spiritual matters. Since that time I have felt that same spirit many time. I love the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I know that I am happier when I live by these teachings and try to live by Jesus Christ's teachings. It is a life long process in developing a relationship with my savior but I truly can testify that he is the Savior of the world and that His gospel, church and teachings or on the earth today and that he guides His church, even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint through his chosen prophets and apostles today.

How I live my faith

My faith has been an extremely important part of my life and whom I am. I don't every recall not having a belief in Jesus Christ. That has always been a part of me. My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it's teachings have come and grown throughout my life. As I served as a missionary in France and Switzerland in the 70's, I observed how new converts' lives had change for the better and what happiness and knowledge their new religion had brought into there lives. I had felt the whisperings of the spirit in my life several times before my mission, but it seemed to be an everyday happening while I served as a missionary. For 67 years now, I have had opportunities to serve in many positions in the church. I have served in bishoprics, with the youth in scouting, I have taught Sunday School and in other organizations in the church. I have served as a job specialist and helped those in our area finds meaningful employment. All of these leadership positions and teaching opportunities have helped me to grow personally. However my current calling as a temple ordinance worker has been one of many challenges and great personal growth and enjoyment for me. All of these opportunities have helped me to grow spiritually and with great reliance upon my Savior, Jesus Christ, to try and become a better person, husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and citizen. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives me hope during my time upon the earth and also a hope in the life after death.