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Hi I'm Gary Engle

I'm a Latter Day Saint member of the Adams Ward, Los Angeles, CA. I have been a recent member of the Carson and Westwood 2nd Wards

About Me

I'm a Technical Support Engineer and a student, I live in a very diverse city. I meet people of all cultures and demographics. I'm studying Spanish, I live in a hispanic neighborhood bordering a Korean community. I have a son who is not a member. I love lizards, Windows servers and robots.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in self-mastery. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to strive for perfection and balance in our lives. I was spiritually bankrupt something had been missing in my life. I started jogging with a friend of mine. I noticed his life begain to change, he stopped smoking and gradually quit cursing. Things started happening in his life, beautiful things. He didn't preach to me but his example was louder than words. I discovered his secret and begain to follow his footsteps. I started going to church again. As an adult I had a new perspective. I notice the strong family bonds and the real love between husbands and wives of the members. I saw a sense of dignity and honor, I thought no longer existed. My observations lead me to desire change in my life. Coming back to the church has filled a void in my heart. I feel the "Spirit" in the LDS church, it vitalizes my soul and gives me hope of a beautiful future. I feel I have found a purpose which is gratifying beyond what was conceivable prior to my return to the church. It seems as if this is the life that was intended for me, I see coincidences along the journey that confirm my choices. When doubt creeps in... I ask myself "Do my actions bear good fruit?" What are the things I would do if it were my plan. Well, I would be honest, I would be virtuous, I would be courteous and loving. I would be forgiving and concerned for the welfare of my neighbor. I would give to the poor and be of service to those in need. I would support strong families and self reliance. I would strive to better my self continuously... then I remember, THAT is being a Latter Day Saint!

How I live my faith

I believe in the importance of member missionaries, sharing the joy brings more joy. I believe in the relationship of my decisions and my attitude. When I feel good and my attitude is right I know I am doing the Lord's work. If I have done something that brings me down it is important for me to clear it up before it becomes a stumbling block. The smallest errors seem to appear larger in the rearview mirror as I continue without resolve. I don't feel there is an iron gate between heaven and earth, I believe it is much more subtle. The more I live the gospel, the thinner this veil between heaven and earth becomes. I don't think prayer ends with Amen. I feel better keeping the chanel open. I say Amen but, the Spirit remains with me. Truely, heaven on earth is a reality. Through faith and hope it can be realized in each of our lives. My life is unbelievable, people often ask why I am so happy. I share my joy through example and genuine concern for others. When somebody asks, I say "I'm happy because I have made decisions that have changed my life forever." I live my Faith through living the gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully reading the scriptures and applying parables to my life. I ask for guidance though daily prayer and try to live as if Jesus is my constant companion. I stive to live without secrets, so there will be no surprises when I meet my maker.