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Hi I'm Gavin Kratzer

I'm Gavin. I LOVE kids. I have a lovely wife! And don't forget my son!! I'm a programmer, and a Mormon

About Me

I grew up enjoying lots of books and RPGs, and some (probably too many...) video games. I served a mission in Houston Texas (and nearby) and went to school at BYU-Idaho. I originally chose computer science as a major that I could still use if I needed to switch to another one of my interests (like biology, chemistry, physics, child development, or math) but it came easily to me so I stuck with it and I've really enjoyed it. It can be hard for me to reach out to new people (typical in my field!) but I learned from my mission that you can't be happy living by yourself in a computerized man-cave. Fortunately for me, I met my wonderful wife! Life was OK before, but now it's GREAT. I always knew this was what I wanted and it was worth the wait. Fatherhood is the most rewarding thing I have ever done, and I'm just getting started (but there's another one coming!)

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church, and when my Dad told me at a very young age that I should pray about the Book of Mormon I took his advice. I felt really good after I prayed about it by myself, but it was just as much because I trusted my Dad as it was that I knew the book was true. But a few years later I started to really read the book and started learning a lot more about the church. The more I learned the more I knew it was true. True, it makes a lot of sense, and true, it helps a lot of people, but the most important thing is that it makes me feel closer to God and that from that closeness I know that it is true. I don't know everything, but I know how to find the answers that I need.

How I live my faith

The most important thing to me on a daily basis is to recognize that everyone around me is a child of God whom God loves and cares for. I have seen God re-arrange the universe for my specific benefit (there's not enough room to tell those stories, but there are several) and there is just no way that He only does that for me. Sometimes a chance encounter is just a chance encounter, but you never know if it might have been the work of God. It is important to remember to respect others, and look out for them without living their lives for them. There are things about the way I live that can make other people happier, but no-one wants to be forced to live a certain way. God has given us freedom to choose and told us what will make us the happiest. For me, a big part of my motivation professionally is helping people. I like to take someone who is very angry with their computer and write software that makes them less angry. At home, I live the same way - when I can love and serve my wife and make her happier I feel like I have really done something worthwhile. The more people I can reach out to and help, the better. Maybe they really needed a bit of help - or maybe it was just a small favor. Often we don't know who just needs a little bit of help - so we need to help as many people as we can. I'm not always very good at that, but we need to do as well as we can.