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Hi I'm Garth Newell

I grew up in Elma, WA. I am married with 6 children. I serve as a First Sergeant in the United States Army and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. I feel at home in the woods, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking etc. I also love almost all sports and the struggle of competition. I enjoy family gatherings such as reunions and campfire gatherings. I enjoy working at projects with my boys and doing service for someone in need. Life is a challenge and we are here to be tested and I feel like the more we do with our families and the more we strengthen our families the better off we'll be, spiritually as well as civically. My greatest achievement is my family. I am proud of my service in the U.S. Army and my greatest military honor was to be able to meet Medal of Honor Recipient John "Bud" Hawk.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Book of Mormon and believe it to be the Word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God and was chosen by Him to restore the Priesthood and the true church to the earth today that we all might have everlasting life. I learned this on my mission. I was always taught the gospel growing up but didn't really have a personal testimony of it. In the Misionary Training Center I finally read the Book of Mormon all the way through and while I read I felt so strongly that it was true. I couldn't get enough and couldn't put the Book down. I knew what I was reading was true and that testimony burns brightly inside me still today.

How I live my faith

I serve in my congregation by teaching and leading the youth scouting organization, helping young men to become honorable men, responsible and accountable before the Lord. I take them to scout camps, backpacking events, merit badge classes and service projects. We help them lead their troop themselves so they can come to understand responsibility as well as adventure. As they achieve the ranks set up in the scouting organization they grow confidence as they experience success from their efforts and are rewarded.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Garth Newell
We believe Families can be together forever if husbands and wives keep the vows they made in the temple by the authority of one holding the Sealing power of the Priesthood. We believe the Family to be central to the plan of Our Heavenly Father and the single most important unit in the gospel of God. To quote one of our Prophets "no success can compensate for failure in the home." Show more Show less