Hi I'm Garth
I'm a husband and father of 3, a US Patent holder, an SEO specialist, a stroke survivor, I play the organ and piano. I'm a Mormon.
I grew up as the youngest of 5 children. I think being the youngest in the family helped develop my powers of observation. By the time I was 16, I felt very comfortable taking things apart and fixing up a 52 Plymouth from the years spent watching my brothers working on cars. I also began to play the piano at 8 and the organ at 14. I have many fond memories of countless hours spent playing the organ for my mother as she sang. Over the years, I have enjoyed the opportunities to continue developing my musical talents and abilities by playing for our congregation. Fifteen years ago my wife and I moved to Colorado to raise our three wonderful children. Since I'm a bit of a Tesla fenatic, I love the dynamic weather and lightning storms. I began the largest trial of my life a year ago when I survived a stroke that affected my medula and brain stem from two dissected arteries in my neck. I'm not the person I used to be, I'm not yet the person I want to be, but I have come a long way and still have a ways to go. I am grateful for the opportunity to live on this earth and witness miracles in my life.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a 4th generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My Great Grandfather joined the church in England when he heard the missionaries speaking with someone else while digging a ditch. He later looked them up, joined the church, left his family who didn't join the church, and came across the plains to be with the early saints in the Salt Lake valley. Therefore, one of the reasons I'm Mormon is because of my heritage. Intellectually and spiritually, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints makes sense to me. I believe in God. I believe he sent his son to earth to die that we might live again. I believe Christ had power and authority. I believe he established his church on this earth at the meridian of time. I believe that church, power and authority fell away. I believe a live branch can't grow from a dead tree. I believe Christ's church, at the meridian of time, was restored by Joseph Smith. I believe the Book of Mormon is true. I love the people. Looking only at the organization, it is the most incredible organization in the world with a lay ministry. The welfare system is second to none. I know of no other way of life that I would rather live.
How I live my faith
I have the opportunity to run all the music at church. Last year I had a stroke and lost the ability to play the organ, piano, and conduct the choir. Part of my rehabilitation is I faithfully play the piano every day. After a year, I have started to play the easier Hymns in church again. Additionally, I teach a class once a month in our Men's organization. I also visit with several families each month, which we call home teaching. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the church. I especially feel closer to our Heavenly Father through the spirit of music.