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Hi I'm Gary

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. I worked in and outside the USA as a petroleum geologist. I'm a granddad and a Mormon.

About Me

I like rocks, reading, walking, travelling, being with my best friend (my wife) and being a granddad. I'm a Vietnam vet, who waited until age 28 to attend university. Along the way, I worked in quarries and coal mines, ran heavy equipment, blew things up as an explosive technician, worked on drilling rigs on and offshore and enjoyed every minute of it. We've travelled throughout the world and got to associate with great people, who we now call friends. I know what it means to take a chance on something, appreciate the help of others after I've done all I could, feel alive and be part of something greater than myself.

Why I am a Mormon

Three times the missionaries came to see my mother-in-law. Two times they never returned. The last visit they stayed even though my mother-in-law wasn't there. It made all the difference in the world. I was cautious, even angry for their visit. The two sisters came to teach us about Family Home Evening. The visit was short. No testimony of the Book of Mormon or the Prophet Joseph Smith offered - just Family Home Evening. As they left, my wife turned to me and said "It's true isn't it". The rest of the day was spent trying to contact them to return. They returned and over the next 4 weeks we learned the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I chose to make and keep commitments, even setting our own baptismal date. They taught me how to pray - not a route prayer but one from the heart. I remember that first time being invited to pray vocally by the sister missionaries. We all knelt, wife, 2 and 4 year old and I. I was scared but grateful for the steps of prayer on the little flip chart. It made all the difference. I know what it feels like to receive a confirmation for the Holy Ghost of truth. I remember the first time when I Spirit whispered to me that "yes - Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and the Book of Mormon is the word of God". The feeling was electric as it coursed throughout my body. Afterwards, I stood and said to myself "It's true. It's really true." and that has made all the difference in the world to me and my family. We were no longer alone. Times can still be tough but He's always been there for me. I know that Jesus is the Christ, my Lord and Savior and His Chrurch has been restored to the earth. Families can be united together forever, if we DO all we can do. It's not easy sometimes; but it's always worth it. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

Since accepting the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, our goal has been so serve others by serving church missions. We are on our second one now. The first was for 3 years in West Africa. After a one year hiatus to play with the grandkids, we began another one in June 2012. Heavenly Father has blessed us so much through the years that this is at least one way we can give back to others. Now we just serve. We meet with people and share a message about the Savior, succor the poor and needy through community service and sometimes by just listening and empathizing. We have been given much now we to must give and we are grateful to do so. Over the years, I've enjoyed serving in many capacities in church including leadership. With each call, I am nervous as to whether I'm up to the task. But in every call, I 'm blessed with opportunities to grow closer to Him as I serve others. One of the most important things the sister missionaries taught me was that "it's not about ME, it's about HIM." With each passing day, I sometimes still feel a little nervous but I have a sure knowledge that I will be led to those people who I can assist or who can bless me. As they are lifted, I know I am being lifted with opportunities to learn and grow. I am blessed to pay my tithes and offerings. After all these years, I am still truly amazed that we always have enough for our needs and some for our wants. It's not a money things; it's an obedience things. As we bend the knee to His will and DO, the Spirit has always, always guided me even when the light is dim. The Savior said "follow me..." and I pray to always follow Him. It's made all the difference.