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Hi I'm Gary Dial

I was born and raised on a 500 acre family "Spud" farm in Idaho. I am a 5th generation family farmer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small family farm helping raise Famous Idaho Potatoes and grain used to make cereals like Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops. I played basketball in high school. I lived in the Maritime Providences of eastern Canada after high school on a mission teaching people about Jesus Christ and his gospel. My father was instrumental in teaching me the art of farming and when he retired I became the fifth generation of farmer in my family. It has been a blessing to work with my wonderful companion, two hard working sons and a beautiful daughter as we work with God's creations. We enjoy camping and four wheeler treks to the mountains. We love BYU college football and basketball games.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth it was taught me to believe in Christ. I was taught that we are each beloved sons and daughters of a literal and loving Heavenly Father. It has always felt good in my heart and soul to know that God is personally invested in me, that he loves me without condition, and that he sent his only begotten Son in the flesh to live a perfect life and be the perfect ransom for my sins and poor judgements. I can only imagine the heartbreak of a father as he allows his child to be abused, beaten, ridiculed and crucified unjustly at the hands of other of his children. I have been taught from youth of the restoration of his gospel to the earth and of a second witness of his son, Jesus Christ from a people who 600 years before the birth of Jesus were led by the hand of God (as have others) to this continent and lived in this hemisphere at the same time leading up to Christ's birth, life and death. Though I grew up with these teachings and though it seemed good to my soul I was yet to receive that strong witness of the Holy Ghost in my life that would give me the power to sustain me in times of real trial. Growing up on the farm helped me see the parallels of the gospel in the raising of crops and working with the land. It required me to have faith that God would send the rains and snow in the mountains to be able to irrigate my potatoes and grain. More faith that the seeds he created would sprout and grow, that the sun would have the power to strengthen the plants, and that they would produce and bear fruit. (or, of course vegetables) Then faith that hail or wind or lightening would not destroy the crop I had worked so hard to produce. This was my first on hands lesson into the workings of God in my life. It was during my mission to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Canada that I found myself understanding the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ fully in my life. Since that time I have not looked back but have found happiness in my life through my family and service.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Bishop in our ward of 139 families consisting of 404 people young and seasoned. I have worked other leaders with young men in our area to help them become responsible fathers, employee/employers, husbands and fellow citizens in communities and in the nation. These young men prepare themselves spiritually and temporally to receive the Priesthood. They are then assigned to an adult Priesthood holder. They in turn are assigned to some families to visit each month to teach and assist them in needs that may arise. It is a great blessing to see so many families working together in a church to help, serve and love one another. I have the privilege of helping to coordinate these efforts but it blesses my life and the life of my family even more. The women leaders in our church serve faithfully in leadership positions side by side with Priesthood leadership as miracles in the lives of the saints become commonplace. As the Lord states "Neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man in the Lord" I love serving in any capacity knowing that Heavenly Father loves our dispensation enough to reveal his will to a living Prophet today. It makes serving others a joy and any burden or sacrifice very light.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Gary Dial
Yes, I believe with all my heart it is true. In the bible Christ spoke of the "other sheep" that would hear his voice. He said that he would visit them also and that there would be one fold and one shepherd. The Book of Mormon which is a testimony of the ancient people of the American Continent testified of the visit of Jesus to their people and the establishment of his gospel complete with apostles and prophets to lead and guide them also. The Book of Mormon is a history of this people and their exodus from Jerusalem at the time of the tower of Babel and the confusing of the languages that occurred. There were other groups that also came at other times to this land. It is these people that were visited by Jesus Christ after his crucifixion and resurrection. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Gary Dial
As a Bishop in the Mormon church it is my responsibility to organize the efforts in conjunction with a council of other leaders to seek out those in the geographic area of our members and assist those who are truly in need. The efforts of many of the members resources including time, talents as well as monetary funds of the church are used to help God's children whether members or not to return to self sufficiency. They are encouraged in the process to reach out to others less fortunate than themselves. Serving those in need blesses both the needy and the giver. Show more Show less