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Hi I'm Garret

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very happily married to my wonderful wife and we have four beautiful children. My wife and I started a company four years ago and we recently moved into a new building with our 45 employees. I am an avid fly-fisherman and a poor golfer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was another religion until I was 8 years old. My family chose to convert to the LDS church at that time. I didn't think much of it until I was in my teens growing up in the deep south. My brother and I were the only LDS kids at our school and I had to decide at that time whether it was important enough to defend - it was. I love the thoughtful organization in this church. This is a faith that can truly embrace anyone of any race or social standing. I appreciate that my wife and I can raise our children the way we think best with thoughtful guidance and support from church leaders.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in the best manner possible. I am not perfect by any means. I do understand and believe the doctrine of the church and have a strong testimony of it. I appreciate so much that the church focuses so much attention on trying to make me a better husband and father. I have so many good examples to follow. It is the best kind of peer pressure, to be surrounded by those who lift you up. My wife and I truly try to make our home someplace that the Savior would like to be. We pray with our children and teach them to be Christlike in all of their dealings with their fellow men. I work specifically with the young men in our congregation. They have specific responibilities within the church and we work very hard to make sure those responsibilities are met. The part I like the best about working with them though, is that I truly get to make a difference in the life of a young man. With proper instruction and development they can become good husbands and fathers.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Garret
I have a wonderful testimony of tithing and the importance of paying it faithfully in my life. When I was attending college at the Coast Guard Academy on the east coast, I got paid $40 per month. This was ALL I was able to have to pay all of my bills, entertainment, and it was the money I needed to use to fly home twice a year. Airline tickets to Washington state cost $400. If I didn't save every penny, I didn't see how I would be able to get home for Christmas, let alone the summer leave period. I didn't pay my tithing. The following summer I was at home on break when my father asked me point blank one day if I was paying my tithing. I explained my situation and told him I could afford to. He paused for some time and then made me a promise. He said, "If you honestly and faithfully pay your tithing, I promise you that you will never go without anything you NEED. Also, if you pay your tithing and find that you are unable to fulfill your NEEDS, I (dad) will return the amount you've paid two-fold." I took his challenge with an open mind and paid an honest tithe. I couldn't see how I could lose. If the Lord didn't keep his end of the bargain, my dad was going to double the difference! That was 23 years ago. I have not missed paying tithing since. My wife and family have never wanted for anything and my father never had to pay out on his side of the bargain. I know tithing is an inspired commandment and I am happy the Lord gives me the ability to do my share. Show more Show less