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Hi I'm Gerritt

I'm pretty nerdy, my favorite color is orange, I love animals, I'm a R.M. from the Texas Houston South Mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 23 year old who is currently going to Brigham Young University Idaho while majoring in Biology Education, and I love it. I was recently released from serving in the Texas Houston South Mission, the best mission in the world. That place has become sacred to me. I am from Pomona, California. If you don't know where that is just think east border of Los Angeles and you are there. I have a beautiful family all over Southern California, from Los Angeles to San Diego, and have some family members sprinkled in Utah and the east coast. As awesome as California is, I still love to visit different locations and experience new cultures. Cooking is great! I am terrible at it, but I still love to do it. I would probably still need someone to teach me how, but that is only if they want delicious food. If they are okay with poorly made lasagna, stew that looks like a soup, or muffins that came out as flat as cookies, then we are good to go. My specialty is most defiantly the best bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich you could ever eat in your life. I love animals. I worked at PetSmart before I left on my mission and volunteered at animal shelters. It was great to be around animals all the time. Sometimes I wish my favorite movie was real. I am sure most people do, but if I had three wishes I would defiantly waste a wish on that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by my entire family; Mom, Dad, Grandmas and Grandpas, and Aunts and Uncles. Some of them were members and others not. And because of this I was able to learn and realize the type of things I did and did not want in my life. If there was just one thing I was able to learn, it was this; I wanted to serve a mission. I can even remember being in elementary school and the teacher had us draw what we wanted to be when we grew up. Most kids drew doctors, firefighters, or what ever their parents did. There was always that weird kid who drew a garbage man. But I drew a missionary. When I turned 16 I became very sick with a kidney disease. I was told I could no longer play sports, and when I asked/explained about a mission I was told it would be impossible. Out of anger I eventually left the church. At age 18 I was going to collage and working as a Pet Specialist for Petsmart. A pet specialist is basically a glorified cage cleaner. After a long day, that was just to long, I came home to an empty house. I had many burdens from school, work, family, and health. I can remember walking into my dark room, the only light was from a ten gallon fish tank, and just falling to my knees in prayer. It was the first time I prayed in two years. I pleaded with the Lord to lift my burdens and let me know if the things I was taught in my youth were true. The spirit filled my heart, and I knew it was true. But I stayed less-active because now I knew it was true, but I still could not serve a mission! When I turned 21, thoughts of a mission came flooding back into my mind. I desired to serve a mission yet again. I came back to the church and talked to my bishop. He told me I could serve a service mission. This is something I turned down in the past, but this time I agreed. I went to my doctors, let them know what was going on, and had them run all the same test they always run. But this time the results were different. I was cleared to serve a full time, two year, mission.

How I live my faith

A wise man once told me, "It's is okay to be extraordinarily ordinary." I currently live my faith as many others would. I go to church, fulfill my callings, read my scriptures, and go to the temple. I try my best to share how the Gospel of Christ has blessed my life, and how it can bless others too. There is nothing in the world I would rather be doing right now.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Gerritt
Well if you are already on this website you might as well keep surfing the web and check this out: http://mormon.org/missionaries. It is super simple. Just go to the link, type in a little information, and two representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be knocking on your door in no time. You can ask them anything you want. Also if you know any members of the church just walk right up to them and talk to them. Some members are a little scared to share their beliefs so help them out a bit and make the first move. For example, you might know Bob from work is a Latter Day Saint. This is what you can do step by step. 1. Walk up to Bob. 2. Say, "Hey Bob! I hear you are a Mormon!". 3. Give Bob a little time to think of how to respond. (He will most likely be slightly startled or very excited.) 4. Continue the conversation. It is just that easy. Or feel free to walk into one of our church buildings on a Sunday morning. Just say, "Hey, I'm so and so, and I am visiting". They will show you everything and would love to talk to you. Ask them to show you who the Bishop is and have them introduce you to him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gerritt
I can answer this one with just one word. "Nope". But for the fun of it I will go into greater detail. We look up to him as a great Prophet of the Lord who ushered in the Restoration. Or in other words; He was chosen by God to bring back the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. Do we as Christians worship Moses or Noah? How about Abraham, Joshua or Adam? They were all Prophets. If not, why do we talk so much about them so often? The answer is because they did important things, they brought us closer to Jesus Christ, and they performed miracles. That is what Joseph Smith did, and that is why he is so very important. I do not worship Joseph Smith, but I recognize him as a servant of the Lord and a Prophet of God. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that is who I worship. Show more Show less