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Hi I'm Garrett

I go to college. I work in a chemistry laboratory. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My friends would definitely describe me as nerd. I like school and learning new things. There is a special place in my heart for chemistry. I'm a Biochemistry Major at my university, and right now I work in an Organic Synthesis Laboratory. Our lab group identifies unique molecules found in nature and then creates them synthetically in the lab. Don't think I'm all work and no play. My friends are very important to me and we make sure to stick together. I don't have a family of my own yet, but it's my goal in the near future.

Why I am a Mormon

My family raised me in the church right from the get-go. Both sides of my family have deep multi-generational roots in this church. However, when I was about six or seven my father decided to leave the Mormon church and divorce my mother. My mother continued to raise my sisters and I in the church. It was hard not having my father there to be there and support me in church functions, but it did give me a resolve to be there for my own children when they need me. I served a mission for the church in Dallas, Texas. It was some of the best times I've had, being able to help others learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are days which I wish I can go back and do it all again! Seeing people being touched by the spirit and having confirmed to them that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World, Joseph Smith was called to be His prophet and special witness in the latter-days, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and companion to the Bible helped me to strengthen my own testimony on the validity of these things.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church, I am called to be a representative of Jesus Christ. That means that I try to learn as much about Him as I can then try to act like Him in whatever situation I am in. Now I'm not perfect, but it's a goal. In my university ward, I am in charge of what's called "Family Home Evening" for the young adults. The church encourages families to set aside one night a week as "family night" so that everyone in the family can get together and participate in gospel promoting activities. As young adults, we are separated from our families when we go to college. The church still encourages us to hold a family night by organizing us into small, family-like groups and holding a family night on Monday evenings. It is an exciting and rewarding responsibility and one which I am glad to hold.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Garrett
Like most other churches, the Mormon Church needs a place to hold meetings and activities for it's members. A Church is just a chapel or meetinghouse where members from the community can gather together on Sunday to worship. It can also be the site of other social activities as well, such as a ward talent night or Christmas parties. There are thousands of meeting houses all over the world. Usually a church is located in the community where serves. A Mormon Temple is considered much more sacred than a Church. In fact, Mormons believe it to be a little bit of heaven on earth. A Temple is a place where we make sacred covenants, or promises, with our heavenly father. One example is the marriage ceremony, where a husband and wife are sealed to each other forever, not just for this life only. The Temple is also a place where we can perform ordinances or ceremonies for our loved ones who have passed on without receiving them, such as baptism. Because of the sacred nature of the Temple, only worthy members of the Church who have prepared themselves may enter and perform these sacred duties. There are about 135 temples around the world. Show more Show less