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Hi I'm Gage

"I am an attorney who grew up in rural Montana. My journey took me away from my roots and brought me back again. I am a Mormon."

About Me

My name is Gage and I am a water and natural resource attorney in Montana. I am married to the most amazing woman who I met while we both attended law school. She is my best friend, partner, and biggest supporter. We are newlyweds and have two dogs, Artemis (Missy) a pure bred beagle and Athena (Tina) a blue heeler mix. I was raised "Mormon" on a small cattle ranch in rural Montana. I grew up knowing I wanted to get away from rural Montana and my background, only to fight even harder to come back to both. I "am" and "do" a lot of things and hopefully most good, but a few include: Latino, avid board "gamer", write poetry, tennis player, debater, skier, member of a trivia team, bit of an insomniac, workaholic, ride horses, and a huge politico. Above all, I am just a normal guy who tries his best everyday to be a good employee, a better friend, and the best husband I know how to be.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth, I couldn't wait to get away from Montana and get away from my upbringing. I felt Montana and "Mormonism" were too small for my dreams. I left the state, went to college, got jobs in big cities for big companies, and made mistakes that left me hollow. I look back now and see the hand of God in my life and despite my decision to metaphorically run away, I was being led back home. I slowly came to realize true joy only comes through righteous living and obedience. I still remember the night I got on my knees and begged to know how to move forward with my life. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of security and love that brought me to tears. God led me away from the big cities and back to Montana. He led me back to my roots and back to being Mormon. He led me to law school and into the life of one of his most precious daughters, my wife. I finally learned true joy when I married her for eternity in the Draper Temple. I am Mormon because I was led back to this faith/gospel after asking God how to move forward in my life. Being Mormon has brought me the greatest joys of my life. As I have been Mormon and followed the teachings of the church, tried my best to follow the Savior's example, truly tried to repent, and been obedient to the commandments, I have come to find the greatest desires of my heart come to pass. I have also come to have the reassurance from the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. Being Mormon has helped me have this testimony, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my friend. That we are on Earth to experience joy, and that joy comes by righteous living. I know that there is a prophet on the Earth today and that Christ speaks to him and through him gives us living counsel for our lives. I know that Christ restored his original church through Joseph Smith and I know that I can live forever with my beloved wife as a family forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help, love, and support everyone around me. I serve as the "Executive Secretary" in my ward, where I help our local leader keep organized and schedule opportunities for him to speak with the youth. I am a called ordinance worker at the local temple and actively serve in the temple helping unite families forever. I also substitute teach for early morning (6:00 am) seminary (religious classes) to "mormon" youth. Teaching is my secret passion and I love sharing my testimony and love of the scriptures with the youth whenever I get to teach. Above all, I live my faith by trying to follow my Savior's example. I pray daily and ask for opportunities to help lighten the load of those around me. When I look at people I strive to see the divine potential in everyone and treat them as Christ would treat them. I don't always succeed, but when I do, I feel the love of our Savior and our Father in Heaven for each of his children which love is unique and personal to each individual. It is the best feeling! Additionally, I try to work daily on being a better person and diligently try to repent and improve myself. Finally, whenever I can be alone and especially when I am out on my family's ranch, I live my faith by quietly communing with God through silent prayer. I feel where he wants me to improve and how he wants me to reach out and help those around me. I see the blessings and daily miracles in my life and I recognize his hand in all of them.