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Hi I'm Gabriel

I am from New England, USA. I am an officer in the US Air Force. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in New England, I came to love the outdoors. I enjoy trail running and hiking. As an officer in the Air Force I have lived all over the United States and have travelled abroad extensively. I am a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and am a Middle East regional area specialist. I have worked in Tunisia, Turkey, Iraq, and Israel along with a number of shorter trips in the region. I am married with three living children--14, 11, and 7.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was in college. I had always been a Christian and enjoyed going to a number of Christian churches. I found many good things in the teachings of the various Churches I attended. The thing I was most aware of was a need to repent, to be born again, but no matter where I went I could not find the solace promised from forgiveness. I eventually found that through my baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. As I repent, I have great joy at the purifying effect of the Holy Ghost, and feel my guilt swept away and my nature changed; something I had not felt elsewhere. The story of my journey to accept the Gospel is a long one—but here is the short version: I had trouble with the story of the first vision, the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon; I began to read the Book of Mormon to find fault with it—to prove it was not true. Shortly after starting, I came across these words: “Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word?” 2 Nephi 29: 6-9 The logic of this was undeniable—who was I to say who God could or couldn’t speak to? He spoke to men of old. Certainly he could speak to men today if he chose to. At that point, I began to read the Book of Mormon with a new intent—to know if it were true. As I did so, a witness came into my heart that it was the word of God. That witness, and countless others that have come over the years, have changed my life forever.

How I live my faith

The most significant way I live my faith is how I lead my family. Our daily scripture study and family prayers are the most important things I do each day. Activities with my family and dates with my wife are also an important part my faith. I have been blessed with a number of opportunities to provide service in the Church, which have provided chances for growth and learning. The greatest blessing of any service has always been working with individuals—getting to know them and learning to love them and see them the way the Savior sees them.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Gabriel
Nothing unclean can dwell in the presence of God, yet all sin. As a result we are spiritually dead—cut off from God. In order to return to our Heavenly Father’s presence, we must be cleansed from sin. Repentance requires feeling of godly sorrow, confessing of sin, forsaking of the sin, and restitution (setting things aright). Yet none of us can really set things right—whether we have done something as small as to have insulted someone or as great as to have irreparably harmed someone. Only an infinite atonement can fully correct the wrongs we commit. Heavenly Father knew we would make mistakes in our mortal life. He provided a way whereby a Savior—a perfect, sinless Son of God—would be sent to carry out the atonement; to pay the price for our sins and to take upon himself all our infirmities. Then if we would have faith in Christ, we could repent and the Savior’s sacrifice would make restitution for our sins, allowing us to be cleansed of sin and eventually return to our Father’s presence. Show more Show less