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Hi I'm Griffin!

I'm from Connecticut. I served as a missionary in Mongolia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm studying Information Systems at college in Utah currently. I just returned home from two years as a missionary in Mongolia. My hobbies include playing rock music on the guitar and drums as well as beautiful, rolling music on the piano!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always loved rock 'n' roll. But, I decided to serve as a missionary, leaving behind all my hobbies and studies, because I came to find out that this church is true and all of its teachings are real. As a freshman at college, I started to wonder if this church was really true, if God really existed, and if so, what that meant for me and my life. It was a challenging time as I began to fear the future sometimes, realizing so much depended on the answer to this question. After talking with a friend, I was asked if I'd ever actually read the Book of Mormon before or prayed really. I admitted I hadn't ever read the Book of Mormon all the way through or even with intent to discover its authenticity. And prayer in my mind was far too awkward to try seriously that I initially shuddered at the thought. But, alone, I began to read the Book of Mormon. And I got so into it! For the first time, I actually understood much of what was going on. The story made sense and I was able to finish all 531 pages in a little over 2 months. Then, on the night I finished, I knelt down beside my dorm room bed and prayed for the first time--with real intent--and, in all sincerity, asked if God was really there. I poured out the emotions I was feeling and in return, I felt the most incredible sense of comfort--which I know didn't come from me. I tend to be a "worrier," always thinking about the future...but for the first time, I sensed peace. True peace. I felt warmth...like everything was going to be okay and that the prophets who wrote the different books that comprise the Book of Mormon really did do just that! I then began to comprehend the magnitude of the importance of that book. I felt God's love for me, that he was there and that he does care. And I knew I could never forget that night. Since then, I've built upon that experience in countless ways. I've experienced so many miracles in my life, especially while serving as a missionary in Mongolia. There are so many that I just finished typing up my journals which I kept daily, in great detail, and now total 215 pages in Microsoft Word! It doesn't mean my life is always easy, but each day, I know no matter what, there is hope, and there's a chance to improve and be better. And all of this is way more important to me now than rock 'n' roll ever will be.

How I live my faith

I learned a lot about patience and humility while in Mongolia. The Mongolian people are some of the nicest I've ever met. Considering how much more difficult their lives are in the third-world country in which they dwell, I will never forget their kindness and charity toward me. As a result, I now seek to be as patient as I can each day, to always find opportunities to serve others or brighten someone else's day, and to even dedicate the rest of my life my career to bless the lives of those people who taught me the most important lessons I ever could learn. I plan to graduate with an Information Systems degree in a few years, and my dream is to take that degree back to Mongolia and see how I could use it to better the economy and business culture there. I know nothing is impossible with enough dedication and I'm willing to go to any length to see this come to fruition.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

This is because we believe that Joseph Smith was telling the truth when he said God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him and restored Christ's original true church on the earth in 1820. For if this were true, then the subsequent revelations from God he claimed to receive would also be true. It was years later, when Joseph Smith was holding a church meeting, that his wife Emma noticed the distracting and rather disgusting nature of the use of chewing tobacco in the meetings. She inquired if this was right and Joseph took the question to the Lord. What followed was a revelation we now call "The Word of Wisdom," which straight-up advised against using tobacco, drugs, alcohol, coffee, or tea, citing that these were "not for the body" meaning they were not healthy. Interestingly enough, in the mid-1800's, people of the day didn't understand the reasoning behind not smoking--nor would they for over 100 years! Yet, Joseph Smith and the other Latter-day Saints began to observe this health code, saving them and their future posterity many hardships and ills. Although, it is not "proven" today that coffee or tea are necessarily "bad" for you, we also recognize that faith is the first principle of the gospel. The members of the church back then had faith enough not to smoke, and I have faith enough today not to drink coffee or tea. And that's all I need to know. If God commanded that we shouldn't eat pizza and that's my favorite food!, then that would be enough for me and I would follow it from thenceforth. Note: Also, most people don't realize that the Word of Wisdom not only outlined the substances to avoid, but it also highlighted the proper foods to include, which are fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats sparingly, but in cold climates can be used more abundantly, e.g., in Mongolia!. When compared to today's accepted Food Guide Pyramid, it's no wonder Mormons generally live very healthy lives--they've been following this code for 150+ years! Show more Show less