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Hi I'm Garrett

I love creativity and imagination. I love rain. I'm an advertising graphic designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First of all, I spend a lot of time spacing out. I love to be creative and that tends to make me absent-minded. I love to draw on everything. I have notebooks full of drawings, sketches, and stories. Someday, I'd like to publish some of my ideas, drawing, and stories. I'm happily married to my wonderful wife who is very patient with my sometimes absentmindedness. She and I are pretty much the same person, so we do everything together. We are both recent graduates from college and we are expecting our first child. I love music. My taste is pretty eclectic, but it contains everything from Andrew Bird to the Beatles. I'm always listening to music or searching for a new favorite band. When I'm not listening to music, I'm listening to NPR and keeping up with the news. I think people and their cultures are fascinating. Some of my favorite things to study and learn more about are world religions. In college, I studied Communications, but I focused my studies (as much as possible) on how communications, mass media, and new technologies are affecting religions.

Why I am a Mormon

You could easily say that the reason I'm Mormon is because I was born in the LDS Church. The truth is that I too had to discover for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly Jesus Christ's church. It's hard to describe to someone the thousands of miracles, the glimpses of God, and the peace that the Gospel has brought me. Knowing what I know has made me accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I know the greatest source for this truth I have found is in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First, I know that God loves His children. It was always hard for me to understand how people could believe in a God who would privilege so many of His children over others. The idea that God would send some of His children to hell because they were born in the wrong country seemed false to me. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith, we learn that all men are given opportunities to receive the Gospel, whether in this life, or the life after. Belonging to the LDS Church, allowed me to see God as I always believed Him to be, just and merciful. Second, because God loves His children, I couldn't believe He would just leave men on earth without any direction. If He gave prophets to men in ancient times, why not now when we need it just as much? The restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith made sense to me. Although, I had many questions about Joseph Smith throughout my life (and still do), I cannot find anything that deters me from believing that he was truly a prophet of God. Reading the Book of Mormon has testified to me that he was a prophet of God and has strengthened my testimony of Jesus Christ. Third, the most important, I know that Jesus is the Savior of mankind and truly the Son of God. I have no doubt of that. The LDS Church, the prophets past and present, the holy scriptures, have all testified of that to me. I know that without doubt and with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I served my mission in the Peru Lima North mission and spent most of my time in Lima and Iquitos. I learned Spanish (thanks to God) and was able to meet many wonderful people and teach them about Jesus Christ and the restored Gospel. That was two years of my life, but our service as members of the LDS Church continues onward. Before my mission, I helped organize a lot of service activities for young men in the area. We chopped wood for people in need, did yard work, and visited young men in our area that were going through difficult times. I volunteered regularly with other young men in community service. I've helped with major natural disasters. When I returned from my mission, my hometown was hit by a horrible flood. I spent weeks helping people clear out their homes and trying to get life back to normal. The members of the Church and the community I served with were great examples of Christ-like love. I've volunteered in the Church by teaching classes, helping with administrative work, working on genealogy, and by working with the Boy Scouts. The LDS Church has given me so many opportunities to serve and I'm sure they will give me many more. I don't believe that going to Church every Sunday will bring us closer to Jesus Christ, but that taking those lessons from Sunday and helping others will. I believe that true Christianity is in our service to our fellowmen. In the Book of Mormon it teaches that when we are service of our fellowmen, we are only in the service of our God. I admire anyone who steps outside of their comfort zone to bless another's life. That's pure Christianity. Our friendships, love, and relationships with our brothers and sisters is what the Gospel is about. We are all bound together and I hope to continue to serve others throughout my life. I have been thankful for the members of the Church who have selflessly sacrificed in serving me more than I could ever serve others.