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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a computer guy, husband, and father of five remarkable children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Happiness in family life, especially my wife's welfare and joy, is the most important thing to me. As I love, honor, and cherish my wife, there is a sweetness that fills our home. Our children are growing up in an environment where they know they are loved and cared for, developing confidence in themselves, and doing well in school. My relationship with my wife continues to deepen and strengthen on a daily basis as we pray, worship, and face the hard realities of life together as a united, married couple. She sparkles. I have come to understand that love is much more an action verb than it is a feeling. I'm trying to make the right choices, moment-to-moment, that I may always be worthy of her confidence and tender affection. The best thing I can do for my children is to love their mother!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the doctrines of the church have answered all of my important life questions. Through reading the Book of Mormon many times I've learned about the Atonement of Christ and how it can help me change my nature to be more loving and forgiving towards others. I believe in a Godhead comprised of three distinct personages—the Father, His divine Son, and the Holy Ghost. They are one in purpose - which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of Man in forever families. I also believe that only through Jesus Christ can we mortals be redeemed from temporal and spiritual death. I believe, too, that Christ restored His full gospel of salvation, and the attendant holy priesthood and ordinances, through a faithful and humble young prophet named Joseph Smith. All of the spiritual gifts and priesthood keys are present on the Earth today. I believe that God reveals His will through living prophets. I love the Bible and in particular enjoy the accounts of the Savior's mortal ministry. I believe that the Bible is not the only word of God (John 10:16). "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established" (2 Corinthians 13:1, Ezek. 37:16-19). The Book of Mormon is that additional witness. We are indeed saved by grace, which is freely given, the greatest of all the gifts of God. But we believe that this gift must be received by faith in Christ, which is manifest in deeds of faithful discipleship and obedience to God's commandments.

How I live my faith

My wife is a wonderful cook and we like to take homemade baked goods to families who've had a birthday or a special need. A couple of years ago I put together a computer lab for a Catholic school out on the Gila River reservation for at-risk kids so they could learn word processing & spreadsheets.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Gary
I have seen pornography destroy marriages. It prevents the ability to truly love, with devastating effects on the tender hearts of wives and children. In my community I volunteer to install internet safety filters on home computers and mobile devices. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Gary
Monogamy is the rule unless the Lord expressly commands otherwise with the specific purpose of building up the Kingdom of God. I read in our sacred scripture, "For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women" (Jacob 2:28). Plural marriage was practiced in the church by my ancestors after heart-wrenching agony and seeking and receiving spiritual confirmation that the command was of God, and I know they were blessed for this sacrifice. It was an Abrahamic test for them. The result was a faithful and numerous posterity. They truly believed that this principle would allow them to apply the spirit of consecration to their marriage and that the Father would send choice spirits into their families, which they could then nurture in the admonition of the Lord. They believed their posterity would form a core of honest, faithful discipleship who would spread the gospel to the world. It wasn't introduced by men seeking to satisfy their own indulgence or gratification. If it were only lasciviousness, there are other and much easier ways of doing it. To marry an additional wife and have children, supporting and raising them in homes and loving them is nothing less than the full measure of devotion. I am also grateful the Lord commanded his living prophet to end the practice in 1890. Show more Show less