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Hi I'm Garrick

I play cello professionally. I married a Chinese teacher. My two children amaze me every day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I approach life with wonder and optimism. Seeking knowledge and new skills inspires me. My greatest creative expression is in music. I have many other hobbies that I enjoy, though all of them are amateur. I enjoy carving wood, crochet, cooking, composition, singing, fishing, and athletics. I usually add something new every three months or so. I currently am pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello. I also teach at another University and regularly participate in professional studio recording and perform at weddings and in recitals. My wife teaches Chinese daily at a High School. The struggle of keeping up all of these part-time activities and raising two children is a rewarding challenge.

Why I am a Mormon

As an adolescent I experienced a lot of pain and isolation. I had a very negative view of myself. I thought that I was not good enough to enjoy the good things that people in the church claimed to have. When people expressed that they had a testimony I did not believe them. I did not even believe in happiness. People who cared about me changed that. While at a summer camp, I met people my age unlike any I had met before: creative, happy, caring, and coming from stable family backgrounds. These friends were not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but they accepted me and showed me love and understanding. This awakened in me a glimmer of happiness and hope. While providing music at a Christmas program for another church, I was astonished at the sincere love I saw. I felt very strongly that it was the love of God and that it united them together. I would later look for it in my own church meetings and found it abundantly. Finally, I took the necessary steps to receive an assurance of the truthfulness of all that I had been taught. I began to read the Book of Mormon and was struck by the clarity of the principles that I found there. I prayed often to know if it was true. Every time I read I felt lucid, and calm. The sensation was as if knowledge had been placed in my brain. As I have continued to read I have felt happy and my life has been stable and positive. I am a mormon because, for me, it works.

How I live my faith

I feel that the best way to live in the world is to be understanding of others. While it is clearly a challenge to see to the heart of a person that is not very open, I seek to avoid judgment and try to embrace what makes a person who they are and be a friend to them. I believe that, as a Book of Mormon prophet stated, "...men are that they might have joy." If I can help another person to be happy then I feel I have helped them to fulfill one of their main purposes on the earth. My faith manifests itself most clearly in my family. All households need to be unified in their goals and priorities. With my wife and children I pray and read scripture regularly. As we do so, we seek inspiration and understanding regarding how we should act in relation to trials and questions we face. Some of these questions include: how should we instruct and discipline our children? How can we help a neighbor or family member that we know is struggling? Where should we go for schooling or employment? I direct the musical activities of my local church community. I also instruct a class for young adult men that discusses topics such as: "learning by faith" and "doing good to others". These meetings encourage all to participate and share their unique perspectives, express concerns, ask questions, and strengthen one another.