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Hi I'm Garth Knudson

Born and Raised in Northern Virginia. Sell software around world. Kid's taxi driver on the weekends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arlington, VA, just a mile away from Chain Bridge that connects VA to DC. My dad, who also grew up along the banks of the Potomac River, would take us fishing, hiking and biking all around the DC area. Family life was wonderful. Mom and dad loved us and afforded us opportunities to learn and grow. I played sports, participated in scouts, enjoyed ceramics, and liked adventures. During my high school years I attended early morning seminary, played baseball, and went to most of the monthly Mormon dances. Being Mormon was never an issue with friends. My wife and I met at Brigham Young University our senior year. I had served an church mission in Spain and she in Germany. The beginning of Fall semester she moved into my apartment complex and church ward. At the opening social I immediately noticed her. Everyday from then after I made sure to spend quality time with her so by December we were engaged. She too is Mormon with deep roots in the church. She had grown up in Provo, UT where her father taught at BYU. We married in the Washington DC temple in the Spring, and after graduation that Summer I brought her back to VA to start a job. We both attended grudate school, she American U and me Thunderbird. We now have 6 kids and working hard just to keep up with them. I work in software sales and marketing. She is a full-time mom. We are still very active in the church. Business often takes me somewhere around the world. We're happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Let me give you some context. Both sides of my famliy have Mormon roots going back six generations. Ancestors joined the church in England, Denmark, Sweden, and the New England states as the result of missionaries proclaiming the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. These good families joined wagon and hand-cart companies trekking west to form faith-centered communities in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. They passed down principles of faith, service and hard work. Now that means I was born into a strong LDS family. My parents set the example of exercising faith, saying prayers, attending church, participating in activities, and fulfilling callings. But being raised in the church doesn't guarantee that one stays with the church. As for me, I found believing in God quite natural. It felt good to pray, sing, and believe. I wanted to be baptized at 8 and become a priesthood holder years later. In my teenage years, I saw the benefits of active faith and participation in the church. Living the gospel felt good and right. Not until my later teenage years did I start to truly formlate my own testimony of the gospel and the restoration. I learned how to recognize the Spirit of truth as I studied the scriptures, listened to my leaders and practiced my beliefs in every day living. Like bricks in a wall, those spiritual experiences added up to create a testimony that I could share with others. As a Mormon missionary in Spain from age 19-21, I felt the Spirit every day. I saw how living the gospel can truly help people to live more healthy, happy and productive lives. My faith became knowledge. Now I haven't seen angels nor has the Lord appeared to me, but I can confidently say that God lives and loves us. Jesus is our savior and redeemer. The Book of Mormon is true. The priesthood has been restored. Prophets and Apostles lead the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. God answers prayers. Miracles happen. Heavenly Father truly has a plan of happiness for us.

How I live my faith

What I have learned as a Mormon specifcally and Christian generally is that if I exercise faith in Jesus Christ, follow the commandments, serve others, and provide for my family, the Lord will bless me and my family. These principles of the gospel are crystalized in the first 6 pages of the Book of Mormon - 1 NE 120 - "....the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, becuase of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." - 1 NE 216 - "...having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore I did cry unto the Lord and behold he did visit me, an did soften my heart that I did believe...." - 1 NE 220 - "And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land..." - 1 NE 37 - "...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." Meeting today's physical, mental and emotional challenges in hard work. I trust that the Lord can help. I both want and need His in my life. So I strive to do good, treat others respectfully, work hard, and teach my family gospel principles. In return, the Lord helps me do the rest. The Lord is within arm's reach. In fact, His hand is extended to us. We just need to reach up and grab it. With Him in our lives we will be stronger, smarter, happier and more productive. He will help us to prosper in every respect of our lives. I mean that. The Lord can help us prosper economically, emotionally, mentally, and physically. The ways He can helps us are limitless. We just have to let him in, believe, and hang on tight. Try it out. I promise you will be blessed like I have.