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Hi I'm Garrett Beecher

About Me

I'm 22 years old. I grew up in Auburn, Washington which is about 45 minutes south of Seattle. I'm the oldest of five children and I have recently begun my own family by getting married! I am currently just a regular college student pursuing a degree in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Japanese. I'm a huge basketball fan, all growing up my walls were covered with Michael Jordan posters and now my DVR is full of Lebron James highlights.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for one simple reason: The gospel of Jesus Christ in its most true and simple form is taught by this church. I am a critic and analyst by nature. My ability to point out flaws and problems has even driven me to pursue a career in business consulting. So, naturally, I have spent many hours reading the literature the Mormon church produces, namely The Book of Mormon, in order to find out the truth of this religion. As I have studied and poured over the words of these scriptures and as I have listened to the words of living prophets, I have felt feelings of courage, joy, and hope that have proven to me the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These overwhelming feelings drive me to live my faith in Jesus Christ. Instead of me solving problems through reason and logic, this restored gospel of Jesus Christ has solved so many of the problems in my life! More than any number crunching or philosophical reasoning ever could!

How I live my faith

I have made Sunday a day of special worship. In addition to attending church, I have made the commitment to never work on Sunday no matter what the outcome. Instead, I find rejuvenation and fulfillment through studying the scriptures, listening to spiritual music, discussing spiritual matters and family goals with my wife, taking walks to enjoy the godly creations all around me, visiting the lonely or afflicted etc. I try to live my faith at all times and in all places, but to me Sunday has become an exceptionally important day to show my devotion to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ!

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Garrett Beecher
God has commanded humans to practice polygamy in many different instances throughout history. Readers of the Bible will remember that Abraham and Jacob Israel were affiliated with this practice. Even the great King David had multiple wives. No human can understand Heavenly Father's reasons for commanding that a man have more than one wife. However, when the representative who speaks for God a prophet says that God wants you to do something, you do it. That is what happened back in the day. God told Joseph Smith that He wanted them to practice plural marriage and so they did. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Garrett Beecher
This practice is tied to an ancient commandment called tithing that was explained to Malachi. Malachi chpt. 3 verse 10 I donate 10% of my income to the church because the Lord has asked me to. I have always had enough money to eat, put a roof over my head, and have a little fun too which has shown me that the Lord blesses me for trusting Him with 10% of my income. I give the 10% because I feel good when I do. I just know it is the right thing to be doing. Show more Show less