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Hi I'm Garland.

I grew up on a farm in west Texas. I am an architect. I have a wonderful family. I teach tennis and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I received a Bachelor of Architecture and served three years in the armed services. I am married to my one sweetheart for over 50 years. I am a great grandparent. Our youngest child is Reubella, Deaf-Blind multi-handicapped. I have assisted in the development of Deaf-Blind parent and professional organizations, educational and camping services. I am very active and I love to teach and play tennis, fish, dance, garden, listen to good jazz, "big band" and 50's music and work in my shop. I enjoy my family, my church and the blessings they bring to me.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man, I had the opportunity to visit a number of Christian churches and become somewhat familiar with the doctrine of each. Through those years I came to a true faith in Christ but I was unable to settle on any one of the denominations because of a question that lingered in my mind even after fervent prayer. How could there be so many different doctrines (interpretations) based on the one scripture (the Bible)? Following marriage, joining my wife's church, two stints of military service and becoming the father of three beautiful children, the same question continued to plague me. The Mormon missionaries came to our door. They taught my family about the restored true Church of Jesus Christ; that God speaks to us today through a living prophet; about the great plan of salvation & happiness, and oh so much more. After much reading, pondering and prayer, my family was baptised and we received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by those having authority (the Priesthood of God). We became members of The Church of Jesuus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith through regularly attending church meetings, loving my family, listening carefully to the voice of the Holy Ghost, fulfilling my church callings to best of my ability, paying a full tithe, magnifying and honoring the Priesthood. In my younger days I was very active in community and state issues, especially those for the improvement of services for the disabled. I visited prisons, hospitals and homes for the aged. In my senior years, I do my best to teach the game of tennis (on a voluntary basis) to young people in the community, especially those who can not afford lessons from professionals. I have had many church callings including: teaching primary children, the youth, Gospel Doctrine for adults and new converts; I have been a scout master, youth athletic director, and music leader. I have served in clerical positions, as a home teacher and as an executive secretary. I have served several years in Branch Presidencies and Bishoprics. What greater blessings than to serve?