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Hi I'm Gary Earl

I'm an Aortic Dissection Survivor and I'm a Mormon. I almost died on November 26th 2016 but I now live to be a better person.

About Me

The Saturday morning after Thanksgiving I woke to extreme pain in my back. I was rushed to the hospital after my wife was inspired to put me in the car and drive fast. I was life flighted to the University of Utah for surgery on my Aorta and aortic valve. I suffered a brain injury due to lack of oxygen during my heart surgery and before. After 10 hours of surgery I awoke with no memory of where I was or why I was there. I was comforted by the spirit and knew that I was not alone. I felt protected. I worked on my recovery and was able to return home right before Christmas. It was the best Christmas ever. My family and I continued to be blessed by not only our family, but our ward family and through my work. I continue the long road of recovery but my faith has been increased so much so that I am now enrolled not only in the Pathway Program to continue my education but I am attending a class for Education in the new Self Reliance program that the church has introduced. I love my family and am grateful for the love my Heavenly Father has for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a multi-generational Mormon family. But that does not make me a Mormon. What makes me a Mormon is when I make covenants which are stronger than promises to our Heavenly Father and in my imperfect state I continually try to do my best to serve and honor him. I believe in families and the strength that we are afforded through the family organization. I love my family and fight to be with them every day in spite of my personal struggles. They are my everything. I believe that we are supported and encouraged in our struggles by those that have passed on before us. Their love is felt and appreciated. I believe that those commandments that have been given to us by God are for our benefit and not for his. He wants us to reach our greatest potential and in his wisdom he guides us. He loves us since we are his children.

How I live my faith

I try to serve anywhere I can and give my support and encouragement to those that may be struggling. I try to be an example of how trials can strengthen us not break us. I know through my personal experiences that we can grow and become so much stronger through our trials.

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Gary Earl
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