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Hi I'm Gary

I grew up in Idaho, USA. I enjoy music and exercise. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy listening to and making music. I am a married male. My wife and I are parents of six children. We had three children during college. When I graduated from college, I was blessed with a job shortly before our twin daughters were born. It hasn't been an easy life, but we have been blessed with what we need because we follow Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My father was a baptized member at age 8, but was not active in church until he married my mother and they had two children. I was born into the family after they were active members of the church. I was taught to follow Jesus and do what is right. I wanted to get baptized when I was 8, though I was afraid of water. My father baptized me the first time, but my toe popped out of the water so we had to do it again. "Again?!" I cried. It is a funny memory now, though I was scared back then. When my father and others placed their hands on my head to confirm me a member of the church and said to receive the Holy Ghost, I felt happy and excited. Over the years I went to church despite temptations and making some bad choices. My mother was a good example in saying that I should be where I'm supposed to be. Because I kept going, I learned the Gospel of Jesus Christ and recognized truth when the Holy Ghost helped me feel good inside. I couldn't make up those feelings. I never really questioned whether the Gospel was true. I felt right about it throughout my life. But it was confirmed by a strong feeling feeling one day when I was preparing to go on a mission for the church. Missionaries practice teaching their messages in the missionary training center. As a pair of sister missionaries presented their message to me and my companion, I felt the Holy Ghost so strongly that it brought tears to my eyes. They were talking about God the Father and Jesus Christ visiting Joseph Smith in a grove of trees in New York. I couldn't pretend that feeling, it was real! It was true! Later as they talked about the Book of Mormon as another testament that Jesus is the Christ, the same strong feeling came again to me: it was real! It was true! These feelings were real and were from God. I know that God lives and that His Son is Jesus Christ and that He lives. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true.

How I live my faith

Thomas S. Monson said, "Decisions determine destiny." I choose to pray daily to God and give thanks for another day to try following His commandments. I choose to read daily from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I choose to go to church each week. I try to live like Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I like the feeling I get inside when I help someone that is in need of help. It helps me to be happier. One day I helped move boxes out of the office of a recently retired lawyer/judge who is blind. He's an example of using his talent to serve others even without his sight. I serve others because I feel that I am serving God. I was asked and accepted the position of Cubmaster for Cub Scouts in our congregation. I help these boys aged 8 to 10 years old by organizing a monthly gathering (Pack meeting) where the boys receive their scouting awards as they learn to serve God and their country. I like to make it a fun experience for them with games, cheers, and showmanship. In November, I talked to them about being thankful and reverent toward God and showing respect for the U.S. flag, the symbol of our country. I think thankfulness, reverence, respect, and kindness are traits that will help people all get along with each other. I like to treat others as I would treat my brother and sister. It doesn't really matter who we are or what the circumstances are, we all have our challenges in life. My hope is that in some way I can help someone along the way and help them have the courage to continue on in their life experience. It's a daily experience that starts out with a smile.