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Hi I'm Garrett

I'm a Californian living the D.C. dream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and like many there love boarding: body boarding at one of my favorite beaches (Salt Creek or San Clemente), wake-boarding on Lake Elsinore, and snowboarding just about anywhere. My first car was a '74 Impala and with my first paycheck I put in a Pioneer tape deck (I'm 30) in and some 6x9s. I love music and dancing- especially to loud bass filled music. I even like uplifting rap (it's out there). Shout out to Talib and Wyclef! Two years ago I came out east to the D.C. area to go to school, get my piece of the stimulus (a job), and nice sugar-mama wife. Right now I'm two out of three and closing in on the third one.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are Mormon and brought me to church every Sunday growing up. I always felt good there. The people seemed happy and peaceful. I must have felt the presence of Holy Ghost (a peaceful, uplifting, testifier of Christ sent by God the Father to bless us) at times but really remember feeling it strongly during a message to us youth. I was 14 at the time. A warm, comforting external presence seemed to fill the room and me as I listened to the gospel being taught. A friend of mine, generally a rebellious teen who didn't seem receptive to this kind of thing, came in just a few minutes before the end of the lesson and also remarked how strong he felt the Spirit (another term for the Holy Ghost) there. That was a solid confirmation that what I felt was real, and it was as scriptures described the Holy Ghost to be: the third member of the Godhead, a spirit, a comforter, and testifier of truth. About a year later I felt pretty comfortable as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and had a fair amount of faith in God as my father who actively participated in my life, Christ as my brother and savior, who allowed me to improve my nature, and that the church was being actively guided by them through continuing revelation to a living prophet and many other church leaders, as well as myself who also had responsibility in the church. However, I had never taken the challenge left at the end of the Book of Mormon (Another book of ancient scripture similar to the Bible, but contains the dealings of God with his children in the Americas. God our father isn't limited to communicating with only a few of his children is he?) Anyway, I did as the challenge said, and with resolve and sincerity, I asked God if the book was of him, and if my church was really his. Shortly I felt that same warm comforting spirit come over me. I think I was a little choked up at His response and thanked him. Since then, I have had many similar and different witnesses of these truths.

How I live my faith

Each day I share my thoughts and feelings with God and even ask him questions. I read his word in scripture, as well as in words of modern prophets and apostles. In doing this I receive impressions and ideas on how to be. I try to implement things that come to me in this way- improving my thoughts, words, actions, and character. Everyone in the church has responsibilities to perform. We all devote time to help the church function. We don't have a paid clergy because everyone participates, sometimes with great responsibility, and sometimes with less responsibility. I was just released from one role and called to another. Previously I was part of a group who put on activities to help us fellowship, have some fun, and give singles opportunity to meet and date. We just recently put on a dance on a cruise boat on the Potomac River- lots of fun! Now I am working to provide ample opportunities for people in the church to serve each other as well as in the community. Through my responsibilities I have learned and grown a great deal, and formed great relationships, and hopefully helped others do the same. In the past I have taught Sunday School, worked with full-time missionaries, and worked in leadership of my local church unit. Day to day I try to live as Jesus Christ did, living principles of the gospel, serving and lifting my fellow men. Of course I fall short, but through Christ I improve little by little.