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Hi I'm Garrett

When I'm not at work you'll see me on a trail with my wife and kids hiking, biking, snowboarding in the Northwest & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up my Grandpa took me everywhere as a young boy. I went ice-fishing, camping in the sand dunes, horseback riding in the Wasatch mountains and on Saturday's he taught me to drive. My father was my scout master and instilled the principles of working hard, achieving goals and the importance of personal integrity. As a teenager I started to like Mt. biking and dreamed of being a downhill champion or a trails bike rider like Hans Rey. Since I knew that I couldn't bike everywhere and as I approached the age of 16 I began to work so that I could have money for a car, gas, girls and fun. Throughout high school I drove tractor in the summer nights for cherry season and worked at the local golf course during the day. After high school I served a LDS mission in Montréal for two years. This was an amazing experience where I was able to provide service to the local community while sharing my faith in Jesus Christ and of His eternal plan and love. Learning Quebécois French took a little bit of time but with the lords help I soon found myself conversing with people from all over the world who had migrated to Canada. Once home from my mission I finished my degree in International Business. In my last year of college I met a beautiful woman who I wanted to spend all my time with. Almost exactly a year later we were married for all time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Today We live in the greater Seattle area and have two adorable girls who love being outdoors with us.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many things that happened before I was born that enabled me to have the faith I do today. My Father grew up in a Catholic household and moved a lot since his Father was in the Air force. However, as he was finishing high school he met my mother who grew up in the stereotypical Mormon household having six siblings. My mother’s love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and her family’s traditions and values were inspirational to my father. Taking my mother’s challenge my dad listened to missionaries testify of the Bible, modern day revelation, Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ. My father grew faith in Heavenly Fathers plan and his belief that the Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ from those who lived in Jerusalem and the ancient Americas. Soon he was baptized and later my parents were married. Growing up in the faith I had to find my own belief and testimony of Jesus Christ. I was baptized at the age of eight when we lived in Colorado. I still remember it today. My Grandparents were there as were some of my best friends at that time. As a teenager I continued to go to church where I was taught greater details of the gospel and challenged to read the Bible and Book of Mormon on my own to strengthen my faith and search for answers to my own prayers and trails. I remember one summer afternoon accepting the challenge of my Sunday school teacher to go and pray on my own in a solitude place and ask in faith if the things I was learning were true. As I knelt by a rocky dry river bed asking God many questions but most of all I wanted to know if what I had been taught was true. Hours passed and perhaps days but within a short time God answered my prayers and I knew for myself that these things were true. I chose to go on an LDS mission to share my faith and love of Jesus Christ with others who knew a little about God or nothing at all. However, I learned more about my faith, Jesus' love and His redeeming power those two years.

How I live my faith

It’s always easier to talk-the-talk then to walk-the-walk. For me living the faith starts at home. It can be praying with my children before bed or having a family night during the week. It can also be a monthly extended family gathering where we play and eat but also share spiritual experiences and read scriptures. Living the faith is an everyday activity and as I get side tracked by work and life I have to strive hard to find additional ways to feed my spirit for continual growth. Many people are surprised that I go to church almost every Sunday of the year, but there is more to church then just Sunday services. There are Family Home Evening nights, church activities throughout the month and additional opportunities to serve others. My day-to-day faith is fist one of gratitude to be here with family and friends to share life with. I often think of the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off when he says "If you don't stop to look around every once in a while, you might miss it." Life here on earth is such a short period in our eternal existence however, our opportunity to learn and grow while aligning our goals to achieve what God has in the plans for us is important. For me I've found that serving others often and willingly brings great joy to me. I also know that families are truly part of our Heavenly Fathers plan and we should work hard to strengthen our relationships and teach our children to pray and have faith in God and his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.