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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Arizona. I became a Marine serving in Viet Nam, worked as a professional Firefighter and a builder.

About Me

As I grew up, I liked to hunt and fish and still enjoy fishing every chance I get. Working with my hands and fixing things has always been a part of my life. I have always loved adventure and that may be what got me to enlist in the United States Marine Corp where I served a tour and one half in Viet Nam. While in the Marines I gained a desire for a college education and later earned a degree in Construction Technology. I found my wife (of forty yrs) while attending school. I have built a number of homes doing all the work from the ground up. I became a professional firefighter serving most of my years as the captain of an engine company. During this time we raised our three children on a mini-farm along with lots of different animals. Now retired, I enjoy grandchildren, fishing, fix-it projects for friends and family and church service.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church in an active LDS family and I saw how happy a person could be living church standards. It wasn't until I served away from home in the Marines that I gained a sure knowledge that the LDS faith has the truths to make one completely happy. During that time the spirit witnessed to me that this was truly the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Restored to the earth in it's fullness. Since that time, I married and was sealed in the temple of our Lord to a wonderful woman. Together we have raised a family experiencing many trials, one of which was burying two infant sons. Our oldest living son fought for his life, spending his first three months in intensive care. With all the medical expenses, we, as young marrieds, were deeply in debt. It took a number of years working two jobs to pay off our debt. Through provident living, as taught by the church, we lived within our means and also prepared for the future. Living the principals of provident living gave me inner peace. Because of our experience of being heavily in debt and the stress it caused, I vowed to never be in that position again.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good citizen, voting my conscience each year. I try to be a good neighbor to all my neighbors, regardless of their race or religious beliefs. I help them whenever the opportunity arrives. I have awesome neighbors, who I enjoy associating with. I presently serve in my church as an employment specialist, where I help members and others with tools that will aid them in their search for employment. I also serve two days a week in the Mesa Arizona Temple. My favorite and most important part of living my faith is my association with my children, their spouses and my grandchildren. I enjoy attending their ball games, school activities... Grandparents Day, school programs, and working with them on projects. I also enjoy the blessing of taking care of my widowed mother who is 84 yrs old.