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Hi I'm Garrett

I'm a college kid, I want to do about a million different things with my life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, first off, I love to make stuff--aka art. I draw, paint, take photographs, write, and play music like a madman. I love all the arts. It has been my passion since I was a kid, and always will be. My biggest dream is to make something that the world will appreciate and that will impact people down the road. I am a happily active reader. There's nothing I like more than a good story--it even gets to the point where if I see strangers that interest me, say at a mall or at a park, my imagination will go wild and invent stories for these people. I love exploring, I love maps, and I love learning about people from far away. I've read about so many places in the world, and I want nothing more than to actually see them all. My dream is to help others in need--to show that my life was meaningful because I relieved the pain of someone else, or I helped someone else realize his or her potential. Because of this, I want to go into therapy and help people achieve just that.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, right from the get-go, my parents were Mormons and have taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ my whole life. I'm pretty sure I was reading the Scriptures before I was reading Dr. Seuss! Although I've grown up knowing the church inside and out, I know for myself that the principles my parents taught me were true. Growing up, I explored other beliefs--including Evangelical churches, Judiasm, and Islam. I asked people several questions, read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, & I prayed to God asking Him what the truth was. The result was that I knew the Book of Mormon was true, and that my parents raised me in the true church of Jesus Christ. I ended up back where I started, but this time aware of the truth! Furthermore, I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ has made me so unbelievably happy! There have been times when I really needed peace in my life, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ has always been there like a guardrail for me to hold on to. I have felt real hope and real healing from the hard things in life thanks to Jesus Christ. I know He is my Savior and my friend. Thanks to Him I know I can become a better person, and I can help others achieve that same thing. I know in my heart that I am a son of God, and that I am a part of His kingdom here on the earth. I'm a Mormon because I love God and I want to always keep Him a part of my life!

How I live my faith

I recently spent the last 2 years of my life in Santiago, Chile. During that time, I worked helping the Chileans by rebuilding homes hit by the earthquake in 2010, teaching English, and whatever else that Jesus Christ would do if He were there. I also taught the Gospel as inspired by the Holy Ghost. I invited people to come to Jesus Christ so they could become clean from their sins. I saw peoples' lives change, and in effect my own life was changed. That part was inevitable. One can't truly know what it means to say you're a follower of Jesus Christ, until you put it to the test in a foreign place, trying to help strangers the way Jesus would. Now, however, I'm back in the States, and Life is coming at me at 500 miles per hour: getting a job, going to college, etc. Day to day, I try living my faith by loving my family, loving my friends, and loving life. I try to make other people laugh. It's something we all could have more of, right? Mom always said I was "a good peacemaker," and so I try to keep up with that, too. For me, little things like that are key to living my faith. They say much more than, "I know it's true"--instead, they say, "I know it's true, and I've been converted by that truth."

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Garrett
Through the Holy Ghost we can receive many blessings. We can know the truth of all things on this earth, we can have our minds enlightened to help us learn spiritual knowledge. The Holy Ghost can also warn us of dangers and give us promptings to do a certain task that the Lord would want us to do. Once a person is baptized and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost, that person has the promise that when he or she lives by the example of Christ and follows the commandments, the Holy Ghost will always be with him or her. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Garrett
If you're experienced with Mormon culture, you will know that it is expected that young men go on missions as part of their duty; however, there is no "missionary draft," and no one is ever obliged to go. Similarly, young women are encouraged to go, and the age requirement for girls to serve was lowered from 21 to 19 years of age to help more young women decide to serve. However, the decision to serve is still just that--a decision. One should serve out of the desire of your heart to serve God and bless the lives of others. Show more Show less