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Hi I'm Gary

I was born and raised in Utah. I've been a Mormon my entire life.

About Me

I really love living in Utah, surrounded the mountains and enjoying all 4 seasons. I love going to the mountains in every season riding my 4 wheeler and enjoying the outdoors.. I am the Vice President of Sales at a small software company. I have been married for 38 years to the love of my life and we have 7 children and 18 grandchildren. Several of them have moved to different parts of the country, so we always enjoy visits from the grandkids (and their parents...) I've been a sports fan my whole life and for some reason the sports trivia kind of sticks in my brain. For many years, I had season tickets to my favorite college football team and still enjoy watching sports on TV.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people think I am a Mormon because I was born into a Mormon family that has been Mormon for generations. Although the last part of that is true, that is not why I'm a Mormon. Growing up in a Mormon household certainly helped me learn and understand what the church believed over a long period of time, but that alone was not enough to keep me being an active participating Mormon. Our church is very much a church of action and activity. There comes a time in your life that one needs to know for himself if the path he has chosen is really the right one. That time came for me as I came to the end of my High School education. Our church has asked each young man to spend 2 years of his life, usually at age 19 (now 18) serving a mission. Before serving, I felt I needed to know for myself. So I set out on my own journey to find out. I determined to read the Book of Mormon and ask God myself if it was true After 6 months of reading and studying, I did get my answer. I found out for myself, through a very spiritual experience, that it was true. It helped me in so many ways, knowing that my Heavenly Father answered my sincere prayer helped me to know that He knew me and loved me. Knowing for myself has changed my life and has given me so much hope, direction and purpose as I struggle through this life.

How I live my faith

I've been very involved in helping the youth as I've served in our church. I spent over 5 years as a Scoutmaster in our local Boy Scout Troop and for many years helped the various youth groups in our congregation with their activities and training them in various skills. Right now I serve by watching over a group of families that included widows, widowers, and families who are generally over 50. When I say watching over, its like stewardship that I have been asked to perform. Me and 3 other men lead the group and we make sure that their physical needs and spiritual needs are being taken care of. We visit them on a regular basis and help them however we can. Sometimes when they are struggling, just a listening ear is all they need. It's very fulfilling establish relationships with people and share burdens and concerns. Most of this "ministering" takes place in the evenings and on weekends.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Gary
The thought that my relationship with my wife, children and loved ones ends when we die just does not ring true with me. The joy that comes through family association is one of the greatest joys of being here on earth. Those relationships do last forever. We believe that families can be sealed together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God's holy temples. This doctrine gives me great comfort as I lose loved ones to death, knowing that I will see them again. This feels right to me; that God loves us and will allow us to be with those we love not only now but through the eternities. Death does not need to end our relationships with those we love. Show more Show less