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Hi I'm Garrett

I'm a type 1 Diabetic. I love playing and writing music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm nineteen years old and the oldest of eight kids in a mixed family. My parents divorced when I was eight and they both remarried. I have three brothers, two step-sisters, and two half-sisters. I was diagnosed as a type 1 Diabetic when I was eight years old as well. Yeah... not a good year for me. I'm currently serving as a full time missionary. I've gone to one year of college and I'm very excited to have my own family someday. I love music because of the way music speaks to all people. Everyone, all over the world, likes some type of music. There is always some kind of music that they love and it speaks to them in some way. It transcends all boundaries and walks of life. I've only written a few songs, but I can't wait to try writing more when my mission is over.

Why I am a Mormon

God has done too much for me in my life for me to ever deny his existence. He sent his son Jesus Christ to die and atone for my sins and that has made all the difference in my life. Christ knows exactly what it's like to be me. He has felt all of my pains, my sorrows, and my sicknesses. That has helped me make it through all of the hardest times of my life. It means so much to me to know that I'm not alone in this life. When things get hard, and they always do, the atonement of Jesus Christ truly has healed me. I know that the atonement applies to everyone, not just me. I have seen it change people's lives and heal even the most grievous wounds. I have dedicated two years of my life to share that message with others. I can't imagine how difficult my life would've been if I had no knowledge of the atonement of Jesus Christ and there many people out there who don't. I am so honored to be able to share this message with people who are searching for answers, or wondering if there is anyone who could truly understand them. I know this gospel is true. Even though I have faced some opposition from my own family, no matter what happens, I will always believe.

How I live my faith

I am a full time missionary for the church. I have traveled away from home, from all of my friends and family, so I can share with other people the beliefs of our church. Missions for young men in our church last two years. That seems like a really long time, but bringing the gospel to other people brings us so much joy that missionaries often wish they could serve longer. One of of the missionaries who recently went home from his mission gave his final statement to us a few days before he left. He started getting emotional as he said: "I wish I could do this forever." That is just one example of the joy missionary work brings into our lives. We choose to serve these missions. We even pay our own way. We wouldn't do this if we didn't know that the message we are sharing is true, and that it can and will bring untold joy and peace to people's lives.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The atonement of Jesus Christ is the single greatest sacrifice in the history of time. Jesus Christ was the literal son of god sent here by our heavenly father. While he was on the earth, he took upon himself all of the sins, afflictions and pains of everyone who would ever live. That means he felt every single pain you, and I, and every single person you know, has ever felt. He felt all the pain of our hardest moments. He knows exactly what it is like to be us. Taking upon himself all of our pains at once caused him to suffer beyond comprehension. He bled from every pore and even asked his father in heaven if there was any way that the pain could be removed from him. You might think: "Why would anyone ever want to do that?" The reason he did that was this: you might have heard of the term "The Scales of Justice, or The Law of Justice." We all live under the law of justice. The scales of justice are simply an illustration of the law of justice. If you picture a scale or balance, when you put something on one side the scale goes out of balance. You have to put something on the other side in order to balance out the scale again. Well when we make mistakes, and we all do, we put our scales out of balance in a sense. The law of justice requires that whenever we do something wrong, we have to pay a penalty to make up for the wrongdoing we committed. Sort of like putting something on the other side of the scale to balance it again. The only problem is, when we make mistakes, we have no way of balancing our own scale again. At least, not by ourselves. Christ lived a completely perfect life, and he is the only one who has ever done so. When he died, he had no debt to the law of justice. Since Christ knows exactly what it's like to be us, and he never made any mistakes of his own, he is the only one who is capable of balancing our scales for us. Through Christ's atonement, we are able to repent of our sins, or balance our scales again. The atonement literally cleanses us of our mistakes. We can literally feel the guilt and the pain being swept away as we use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to repent. The Atonement doesn't only apply to our mistakes either, Christ felt our pains that we didn't bring upon ourselves as well. When we have something hard come into our lives, our burdens can be made light through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Since he knows exactly what we are going through, he also knows exactly how to help us overcome those hard times. The reason Jesus Christ also had to die on the cross in addition to feeling all the pains of mankind, was so that we could all be resurrected after we die. We all are going to die at some point, there is simply no way of avoiding it. However, Christ has again given us a way to overcome this problem. Since Christ was the literal son of God, he was just as much a god as he was a man. Gods cannot be killed by man against their will. It is simply not possible. Christ though, was not killed against his will. He allowed the people to whip him, drive nails through his hands and feet, and hang him on the cross to die. He died because he allowed himself to die. Since, being a god, he gave up his life willingly, he also had the capacity to take it up again, or come back to life. We call this being resurrected. Three days after Christ was crucified, he was resurrected. He rose from the dead. He was able to do this because he was a god, but he was also very much a man. Since he was a man, and he rose from the dead, all of man kind gained the capacity to be resurrected as well. We will all be resurrected after we die. Our resurrection was only made possible because Christ laid down his life for us. I know that this is true. I have felt the atonement cleanse my own life, as well as other people's. I know that Christ atoned for everyone, and that through that atonement, we can be cleansed of all our sins and return to live with our father in heaven after we die. Show more Show less