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Hi I'm Garrett Leidich

I grew up in Detroit, I love Ultimate Frisbee, Philosophy, and Computers. I speak Chinese, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a Chinese speaking mission for the church in Houston, Texas. I grew up in the suburbs of Metro Detroit. I've been raised with the gift of the fulness of the Gospel that not many others have near me. I enjoy Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, playing the piano, Computer type things, and many other items that a college aged adult loves. I have earned the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America. I've taken a Philosophy class which has helped my testimony grow about our Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost.  

Why I am a Mormon

Our church believes strongly on the aspect of choice and that we all have the ability to choose for ourselves. I've had hardships, like all others have, but I have determined in my mind that I will continue to follow in faith. Also, a huge part of the gospel is knowledge, and learning more about everything we can, and those reasons among others are why I have decided on this course in life.

How I live my faith

I am an active member, currently serving a mission. I've previously held positions of responsibility in our youth groups. Before leaving to go on a mission, I helped my companions Home Teach various families. I participated in the Youth activities while growing up and held some leadership positions in those. I became an Eagle Scout through my ward's Boy Scouts of America troop. 

How does the Church finance its operations?

Garrett Leidich
The Church finances its operations through tithing funds given by the members. The Lord has commanded us to pay a one tenth tithe of our income, and He uses that tithe to run and build up the church. As stated in Malachi 3:10, the tithes are used to provide for the saints, and are also used for humanitarian purposes, for the betterment of all. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Garrett Leidich
Essentially, God chooses. When the current prophet dies, the Tweleve Apostles pray fervently to ask God who the next Prophet should be. When the choice is unanimous, the new Prophet is then chosen. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Garrett Leidich
No one is required to serve a mission, as part of our agency, we always have a choice. However, most worthy and able young men 19 and older are pushed to serve missions because of everything a mission entails. Missions help young men grow in the priesthood and prepare for later life, including marriage and church leadership. Young women have a "more open" choice at the age of 21 to serve a mission for themselves. Retired, senoir couples can also serve missions if their hearts so desire, but generally, missionaries need to be free of obligations to serve a mission, and therefore the presented ages are preferred. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Garrett Leidich
Talk to the Missionaries. Have them visit you and whomever else you think would like God's message of happiness and pray to God to determine for yourself if what you are taught is true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Garrett Leidich
To a lot of people, there seems to be a void that each person has. They don't know what it is, but they just think that what they have isn't good enough, that they aren't happy, even with all their posessions. Those same people say that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has filled that void. It's the only thing that can. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Garrett Leidich
Mormon Temples are used to help us gain Eternal Life. Jesus Christ has given us a plan to return and live with him, and the Temples are a part of that. The Temples also provide a way for those who are already dead the chance to accept the things we do for them in the temple i.e. Baptisms for the Dead. They also provide an atmosphere for people with life questions to feel God's influence, which helps them feel peace, and make the right descisions. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Garrett Leidich
Many people might call the Church a cult, because they do not understand what goes on. We do nothing different than was done in the scriptures: We have temples, we have a living prophet that receives revelation, we partake of the Sacrament, we baptize, and many other things that has been told about in the scriptures, and even that other churches also do. Some people may have misunderstood rumors, and developed the idea that we do "something weird". We invite all people to find out for themselves what we really do, and who we all really are. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Garrett Leidich
Self-reliance is a manifestation of are agency in a way. We make our own choices to be prepared for things to come, so that we are not caught off guard, and must make choices with less options than if we were prepared. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Garrett Leidich
With the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the death of his apostles, there were no more prophets called of God to make sure the teachings of Jesus Christ were correct and true. The power and authority of Jesus Christ did not get passed down, and therefore the Truth was lost and distorted by what men liked best, not what Christ taught. There needed to be a restoration to bring the full truth back. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Garrett Leidich
Visitors are always welcome. The best way to see what our services are like is to visit for yourself. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Garrett Leidich
We do not endorse a specific political party nor candidate. However, we do encourage our memebers to be active in the politics of their community and nation as they see fit. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Garrett Leidich
Wards, stakes, and branches are divisions of areas that the church oversees. A wards comprises of roughly 300 members, a Branch is a smaller form of a ward for when there are not enough people in the area, and a stake consists of multiple wards and branches. One could look at it as the wards being cities, branches being towns and townships, and stakes being counties or states. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Garrett Leidich
The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible in the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It gives an account of the Church of Jesus Christ in relation to the people of the Americas around the time of Christ (~600BC - ~400AD). Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Garrett Leidich
Husband and Wife can be together forever. We strongly believe that families, sealed together in the Temple, will live forever and continue as families through eternity. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Garrett Leidich
We very strongly disapprove of abortion. We believe it is denying the chance for a child of God to experience the world and to grow for itself. We do have provisions in cases of incest, rape, jeapordy of the life of the mother, ect. However, we must do all we can to allow God's children to live their own lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Garrett Leidich
We perform proxy baptisms in order to give all the people of the earth a fair chance, by their own choice, to accept the Gospel for themselves. We do so so that those who had "unfair" circumstances have an equal chance. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Garrett Leidich
Faith is a hope and belief in things not seen, but which are true. Many people may not know every in and out of the computer in front of them, to prove it is working correctly, but they have Faith that it is working as is should. So is our Faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. It is by a trial of Faith that we beleive on them. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Garrett Leidich
We believe in service to others. Our clergy have their own jobs, from the the president of the church to any and all church callings. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Garrett Leidich
We can increase our Faith the same way we increse our physical abilities. By exercising it and putting it to the test so that we may learn and grow. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Garrett Leidich
Joseph Smith was a man who restored the Church of Jesus Christ. He couldn't find truth in the world, because every church said they were right, and the others wrong. He prayed to God to learn which church was true, and God, with Jesus, appeared to him. They told him that no church was correct at that time, and later sent an angel, Moroni, to help Joseph Smith restore the full Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Garrett Leidich
Authority for baptism is arguably the most important part of baptism. Marriages must be performed by someone who holds authority in order for tha marriage to be legal. It's the same way for baptism. Baptism must be done by someone holding authority from God, and then the baptism is legal according to God's law. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Garrett Leidich
We do. We believe that the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon are companions in the record and fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible is the viewpoint of Christ's church and teachings on the Jews and his desciples. The Book of Mormon, is just the viewpoint of the ancient americans. We believe the Word of God, regardless of where it comes from. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Garrett Leidich
Mormons/Mormonism is a nickname that others have given us, likely based on the addition of the Book of Mormon as holy writ. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Garrett Leidich
Jesus Christ started/founded the "Mormon Church". The "Mormon Church" is known by its full name as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is based on the teachings and foundation of Jesus Christ and was restored by the latter-day prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Garrett Leidich
We are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, but only after we have done everything we can do. We must daily strive to become better people and follow teh commandments of God in order to earn our reward, and when we have tried our best, our lack is made up by grace. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Garrett Leidich
We do not. We, at this point in time, do not sanction plural marriages, and we excommunicate members who my do so. Today, it is breaking the commandments of the Lord, though there have been times where it is sanctioned. (Solomon, Abraham, etc.) However, now is not one of those sanctioned times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Garrett Leidich
We do not worship Joseph Smith. However, we give reverence and respect to him. He restored Jesus Christ's church to the world, translated the Book of Mormon, and was persecuted and eventually died a martyr for the cause. He helped re-establish what we have today. Show more Show less

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

Garrett Leidich
We practiced polygamy for a small time because we were told by the Lord, and we follow his commandments. The Lord has, at various times in the Bible, authorized plural marriage for certain people (David, Jacob, etc). This also occured in recent times. Only those who were commanded to marry again were allowed to do so. As soon as the Lord relvealed that polygamy was no longer necessary, we promptly ended the practice. In addition, we believe in being subject to the local governements, and when the United States deemed Polygamy unlawful, we stopped. The revelation and government actions coincided with each other. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Garrett Leidich
Mormon missionaries proselyte to give all people on the earth a chance to discover for themselves the love of Christ. We want everyone to experience for themselves that great love. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Garrett Leidich
There are no restrictions whatsoever. We encourage any and all people to come unto Christ. There were no predjudices in the creation, and there are none in His church. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Garrett Leidich
Mormons live like all other people do, though we follow the teachings of Christ. This means that we don't smoke, drink alcohol, have sexual relations before marriage, and other such things. We also go to church on Sundays to worship. Other than that, we live as normal lives as other people. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Garrett Leidich
We are Christian in every sense of the word. Christians believe in Christ, and we do so likewise, having our church founded upon His teachings. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Garrett Leidich
We believe that our purpose is to come to Earth, to learn, live, and grow, and then to return to live with our Heavenly Father, better than when we left him. We become better by following his commandments. We come to earth to become as close as we can to the God that gave us life. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Garrett Leidich
 By reading the words of God, we can receive more knowledge about those subjects in which we've studied, and not just buy what we've read, but by impressions, ideas, and feelings that come inside our hearts or in other words, revelation, and we can continue learning about more than what was just written on the page, but the meaning, the import, and things on "the next level". Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Garrett Leidich
We baptize new members because it is one of the first steps in coming closer to Christ. After faith and repenting, Baptism is the next step on our road to Eternal Life. All members are on the path, and baptism gets us on the road. Baptisms must also be done by proper authority of God, and so we baptize anyone who my not have had a baptism by the authority of God. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Garrett Leidich
The Book of Mormon was written by the ancient prophets of the Americas between ~600BC and ~400AD. It was then revealed to and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith in 1830's AD. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Garrett Leidich
The Priesthood is the special power given to man for the benifit of others. It is the power that God works miracles on the Earth. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Garrett Leidich
Many things tell me of a God. The fact that this world, and everything in it exists tells me that, in any case, random events which are supposed to have created everything in its order is unlikely. Science tells me of a God. From what we learn, we can see how God works. What we can do now: talking at normal speaking levels across the oceans (telephone), controlling fire and lightning and bending it to our wills (combustion vehicles and lightbulbs), the entire intangible world that you're visiting at this very moment (the internet), would all be regarded as miracles in previous times. Philosophy also tells me of a God. Many people say that you cannot teach what you don't know. If we have the idea of a perfect, all powerful, all merciful being, and obviously none of us are that being, then were did we get the idea from? How do we as humans have a concept of marriage, the ideas of industry, and other such things other animals don't have, or moreso to the same level, if there wasn't someone to have taught us those things before hand? This life is here for us to become more like God, and as we become more like God, we shall eventually be Gods ourselves, but only if we follow God's pathway, his commandments, and his ordinances. Show more Show less