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Hi I'm Garth

I'm an Idaho-raised, Ivy League-educated, globe-trotting corporate lawyer. I love my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a "people person." I'm not loud and gregarious and the center of attention, but truly enjoy the company of others. My favorite time is the time I spend with my wife and teen-aged son--they are by far the best part of my life. I grew up in a small Idaho community, the oldest of six children. I graduated from university in Utah and then attended law school in New York City. I thrived among the diverse student body and stimulating learning environment. I liked the energy and excitement of the city. Perhaps some of this love came from serving for two years as a Mormon missionary in congested but vibrant Seoul Korea in the middle of university years. For the last two decades or so my family has lived in the Western United States. I love skiing with my family--the winter scenery is beautiful, the snow peacefully muffles sound and I enjoy talking together on the long chairlift rides up and friendly racing with my son down the slopes. Our family enjoys cycling, hiking and camping in the summer. I enjoy working in my garden, whether hard manual labor or planning the next season's plantings. My favorite activity is reading from a wide selection of genres and some of my favorite places have always been libraries and bookstores (brick and mortar or now electronic ). I truly enjoy learning new things. I am a corporate lawyer whose work brings me into contact with wonderful people from all over the world with whom I find much joy in working and developing friendships.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to grow up in a happy, loving and faithful Mormon family. While my family background has contributed to the growth of my faith, being an active Mormon is an affirmative choice that I have made throughout various points in my life and continue to make on a daily basis. I believe that God answers prayers and confirms in our heart the truth of things we ask Him. From my teen years through the present, I humbly and sincerely have asked God in prayer for confirmation as I have studied the Bible and other scriptures, as I've pondered doctrine and been faced with important decisions. He has given me a strong and deep peaceful feeling when things are true and right. When I leave confused, I know I have to study and ponder more, revise my thinking and then approach the Lord again. While my faith has been built by numerous and continual spiritual promptings and confirmations, as a man of intellect, education and logic, my faith is also strengthened because, and I am comforted that, Christ’s gospel makes so much logical and intellectual sense to me. At times there have been bits and pieces that I’ve not been able to fully reconcile with a coherent logic to my faith, but I put them aside for awhile and find, often years later, as I further learn and grow that those odd bits and pieces make sense and fit. To me, the answers to the seminal questions of “Where did I come from?” “What’s the purpose for me in my life on earth?” and “Where do I go after I die?” brought by the gospel are very logical and deeply resonate with me as truthful, both enotionally and intellectually. When I look back on 50 years of life experiences, I realize that when I am living my faith I have been happy. The best and most important things I have are a direct result of my religion. Life has not always been easy and free from tragedy, but I have felt peace and exquisite joy from being a Mormon and truely living my life in harmony with that belief.

How I live my faith

I enjoy attending church each Sunday and associating with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, races, cultures, education and professions. There is a universality in Christ’s gospel and I have found peace and joy as I serve others, am served by others and as we lovingly try to help each other become more Christ-like. I grow from my fellow members’ examples, struggles and successes. Over the years I’ve been asked to do many things to help serve my fellow members, from organizing social and service activities and teaching weekly lessons to delivering talks in our Sunday meetings. For the last 15 years one of my favorite assignments has been, with another male companion (now my son), to visit monthly the home of a now 93-year-old widow to check on her spiritual and physical needs. (We call this duty home teaching.) This sister, who is quite healthy with a delightfully sharp mind, is a former WWII nurse and a widow of nearly fifty years who singly raised her three children on her own. Now a great-grandmother, she has no family in the state, but friends and church members watch over and care for her needs. I certainly am not perfect, but I'm trying to become as good a man as I can, one step at a time. The older and wiser I become, the more I think about Christ's example of living his life. I try to be kind, gentle, meek and patient with others as was his example. A key guiding principle to me is Christ's experience with the woman who was caught in adultery. She knew of her sins and weaknesses and exhibited (at least Christ was able to discern) a contrite spirit and desire of change. After quietly rebuking the judgmental crowd who missed the woman’s heart (“he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”), Jesus directed the woman to “go and sin no more.” I’m trying to live my faith knowing that I should focus first on my own shortcomings, being compassionate and nonjudgmental and going forward with a desire to follow Christ.