Hi I'm Garrett Holsonbake
My Name is Garrett Holsonbake. I am twenty years old, and I live in Bakersfield, California. I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was baptized January 31, 1998.
Why I am a Mormon
I am Mormon, Because I know that the things that I have been taught in the Mormon Church are True. I know that the true Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to Earth once again, and will be here now forever. I am Mormon, because without church and Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, I would be no one.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but at the age of fifteen, I decided that the church wasn't my "thing." I decided that I wanted to be "free" and do the things I wanted to do, and do the things that would make me "happy." After years of addiction and pain from the bonds and chains of my "so called freedom" I then realized that I wasn't free, but far from it. I realized that all of the things I had learned as a child in the church were taught to help me, not bind me. I tried everything in my power to overcome my addictions and weaknesses, but nothing would work. I first tried for my parents, and failed. Someone then told me that i can't quit for anyone else, but only for myself. I tried that and failed. I was so angry, confused and upset. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, or why I couldn't change EVEN if it was for myself. I then went to an addiction recovery program, and looked at the first step in the 12 step program. it said, "Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable." After reading that, and the 3rd step, "Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ." I then realized I couldn't do it alone. When i finally realized that I had tried everything that I could, BESIDES putting my faith and Trust in Jesus Christ and God, I decided to give it a try. 2 weeks later, I was clean completely from addictions, and it went from Impossible to Simple. I am now 79 days sober, and I know that it was ONLY through Jesus Christ and God that I was able to overcome my problems. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have blessed me with TRUE joy and TRUE freedom.
How I live my faith
I live day to day trying my hardest to live Christ-like. I know I am far from perfect, but I know that I through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that I can be saved. I try my hardest to be a good example to everyone around me. I try my hardest to Choose the Right.