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Hi I'm Garrett

I'm a Los Angeles native, I'm a soccer fanatic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am studying at Brigham Young University. I really love to learn, but sometimes school can be challenging. To help me with those challenges, I love spending time with family and friends. It doesn't necessarily even matter what we do together, I simply enjoy being with those I care about. It could be something as simple as board games. I also love to get out and play any sport. Soccer is my passion, but a game of pick-up basketball is a close second. On Saturdays one of my favorite things to do is to take a trip up to the mountains for a day of snowboarding, or a trip to the beach for some casual longboard surfing. I just like to have fun with people I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. This kind of happiness is different from the type of relief that comes from taking a trip to the beach. It lasts and I can feel it even when I am doing something I don't particularly like. This happiness I feel comes from living the teachings of the restored gospel. It is the comfort of the Holy Spirit that I feel from developing a relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know this gospel is real because I have seen how that feeling diminishes when I stray from living Christ's teachings. I can also feel the Holy Spirit return when I strive to more fully live the gospel. I know that the prophets and apostles are called by God, because when I live and apply their teachings, I feel God's presence.

How I live my faith

I've grown up in a Latter-Day Saint family, and had the great privilege to know many people in the church and see how it blesses their lives. It has been one of the greatest blessings in my own life. As I have grown to understand more of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I have seen how someone can let it be an external influence and how the gospel can be the core of a person. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ has changed from an influence in my life to who I am. That has come through living the principles of the gospel. Right now, I have the opportunity and privilege as a missionary to help others come to know and live the gospel. The most joyful times in my life have been in helping someone else feel the same happiness I do.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Garrett
God has always called prophets to be a mouthpiece for Him on the earth. He gives them the authority and power to speak the Words of God and perform the holy work of God. That special authority is called the priesthood. Without someone with this authority, the entirety of God's holy work cannot be carried forward. The priesthood was given to ancient prophets like Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Because God loves us and lets us choose right and wrong, throughout history people have rejected the teachings of these chosen prophets. When society as a whole rejects the prophets, they separate themselves from God, and he does not call another prophet for until the people are prepared for it again (Amos 8:11-12). The twelve apostles that Christ chose and ordained to the priesthood were rejected just like prophets before them. These twelve apostles even prophesied of the time when they would be rejected and there would not be a prophet (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Even though the people after Christ had the writings of prophets, there was not a living prophet to guide them. Even with the Bible, there is so much confusion about the doctrine of Christ. God chose Joseph Smith and gave him the priesthood. He was called to restore the gospel and teach the truth. Show more Show less