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Hi I'm Gary

I was a university business professor for 44 years. I'm going with my wife on a mission to Chile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family moved around when I was young with my Air Force father. After an LDS mission in northern Mexico, I studied business in college and worked for AT&T, when it was the biggest company in the world. I then returned to school and became a marketing professor with MBA and PhD degrees. I was on the faculty of Boise State University for 35 years. My wife and I have been married 44 years. We have three children and 4 grandchildren. My wife and I have visited Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, China, and Mexico. I retired in May. Now we are preparing for an 18 month mission in Santiago, Chile. We are excited to serve the lord in this part of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a member of pioneer ancestry on every line. My father was a World War II bomber pilot who grew up where Mormons were consider strange, if not demonic. As I grew up I participated in church activities with my mother and younger siblings, sometimes in generic Christian activities on military bases. I was relatively shy and not very social in high school. When I started college I decided to do something about my life and choose between dropping out and finding a job or going on a mission. I had decided that Eternal Salvation was a real destination, not just an abstract lifestyle choice. On returning home, I only dated girls who could be partners in an Eternal family beyond this life. It's worked since January 1970. It's not always been easy, but we love each other and plan to spend the next 18 months as close companions working for the Mission President in the Chile Santiago West Mission.

How I live my faith

I am currently Sunday School President. I was the main coordinator for our 4th of July pancake breakfast last summer. It turned out fine, anyway. I have enjoyed callings in nearly every organization in the Wards where I've lived. I served a Mission in Mexico, '65-'67, and was a branch president the last 8 months. I'm not particularly dynamic or spiritual. I see serving the Lord as an everyday given. He has always been there for me, and I expect to serve him with my heart, mind, and soul.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith any more than Jews, Christians and maybe Muslims worship Moses. Joseph Smith was the man called to reconnect the world to the gospel that was part of the world of the prophets from Adam to Noah. Time passes, people weaken and lose their focus on the spiritual connection with the Lord. Joseph Smith was inspired to seek the true word of God and was chosen to be the prophet for our time. We respect Joseph Smith. We also respect all his successor prophets through Thomas S. Monson, today. Show more Show less