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Hi I'm Gary

I am Gary. I was raised on a farm in Idaho, now live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my family and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of three children with seven grandchildren. I have completed my college days by attending a Ricks Junior college and obtained an Associates Degree and I played on the college's baseball team. I then attended BYU and that is where I met my wife. We married there and started a family and I started my career. After several jobs I worked for Fleming Foods in Salt Lake City. After a few years I was offered a promotion of a position in Oklahoma City, so we moved our family there where we lived for 13 years. That was a great experience for our family. We then moved back to the Salt Lake City area where we now live. I love to garden, play golf and softball. It's great to be a grand parent. My wife and I love the quiet atmosphere of being empty nesters, but we still have the family over and it becomes very noisy for a time, then they all leave and we can have quiet time again. I enjoy exercising and working out 4-5 times each week and try to stay in shape as I age. I have become somewhat involved in politics and I even ran for a City Council position a few months ago. I have served in church positions by working with youth, scouting, gospel doctrine teacher, and many other leadership positions. My faith is very important to me and I try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. But, just because I was raised as a Mormon it doesn't mean I have to always follow those teachings and life style. But, I continue to be a Mormon because I have studied the teachings out on my own and have proven to myself that it is right. The scriptures teach us to pray and ask for guidance in our lives and that is what I have done. As a teenager I had many questions about life and the Mormon way. I prayed and I received answers to my questions. I know that the LDS faith is God's organization on this earth. The Holy Ghost is real and he answers prayers. I know that. I have felt his influence in my life. He has guided me throughout my life. It is important to be clean so one can receive these promptings and answers to life questions, or to be guided through life and all the adversity we encounter. I know there is life after death and if we live clean lives we will find extreme happiness in the life hereafter. I look forward to that and to meet my Mom, little brother and sister who have already passed on. We also have temples to receive the ordinances of sealing families together and I am grateful that I can be sealed to my wife, children, parents and siblings for eternity. This is such a great blessing that our Father in Heaven has provided for us. This provides us hope in this life, that we can be with our loved ones forever. I will eternally be grateful to my Father in Heaven, and his Son, Jesus Christ, who is my Savior for these blessings.

How I live my faith

I was raised as a Mormon in a large very conservative family and this has served me well. I was taught not to smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs and to live a chaste life. As I grew older and mature I could see why these teachings were so important. I have seen other people around me participate in these activities and it has damaged or destroyed their lives. It is so very important to have a spiritual aspect of our lives. We need that part just as much as we need social interactions and a good physical well being. I have also served in may positions, both inside the church and in community positions. It is so important to be involved and serve the needs of other people. It does in fact make one's life happier by serving others and by experiencing the happiness you can create in the lives of others when you reach out and touch them by filling their needs.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

If a person is called to testify in a courtroom then that person is asked to be a witness of some facts as they saw or understand. If I were to provide you with a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that the gospel has been restore back on the earth and the Christ lives and that we have a living prophet on the earth today, then I am serving as a witness of my strong personal experiences and feelings as I have seen or feel. It is a conviction of certain truths that I have set out to prove for myself. Show more Show less