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Hi I'm Garrett

I've lived in seven different states. I am in an interracial marriage. I am passionate about anything Mongolian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of three children whom I adore. I was fortunate enough to be blessed with a wife who tolerates my shortcomings, but doesn't shy away from reminding me of them. She loves what's in my heart, as do I of hers. However, given our shortcomings, we work together to overcome our bad habits. Not to worry, though. I feel that's all part of the experience we call mortality, working to become perfected in Christ. My beautiful wife is a native of Mongolia, and though I'm Caucasian, I've never considered being an interracial couple unusual. I enjoy sports, but with a knee injury several years back, my conversion from an active participant to a spectator became expedited sooner than I had anticipated. The majority of my physical activity nowadays consists of wrestling with my children, shooting hoops with my son, or jumping on the trampoline with my girls. I believe that although this life is just a small sliver in the timeline of God's plan for us, what we do with our brief years in this life has a great effect on our condition in the next. Therefore, we must make the most of the time we have. I've always had an insatiable desire to return to the land where I served as a missionary to live, work, and contribute to the building up of the Mormon community there. Recently events have opened a window of opportunity for me, and I am now living in Mongolia with my family and working for a dealership and service provider of heavy trucks and equipment.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in a Mormon family, believing in the LDS version of the gospel was native to my upbringing. However, I choose to remain a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have put the prophets' words to the test. I am convinced that if what we are doing is right, God will bless us. If we are headed down the wrong path, we will lose the companionship of the Comforter, the Holy Ghost. At those moments when I look back on my life's events and take an inventory, I can honestly say that those periods of my life when I was applying Christ's teachings and the words of our latter-day prophets were the times when I experienced the most joy and comfort. When I chose incorrect paths, invariably, problems would occur that were clearly self-inflicted. I'm not saying that my life has been perfect when I was faithfully going to church and following the commandments. Rather, even in times of extreme difficulty and challenges, when I was trying to be a good father, husband, and serve in the Church, those problems could clearly be identified as trials of faith, when overcome, made me stronger. I love being a Mormon, and I love people knowing I'm a Mormon. When those at work find out I am a Mormon, they hold me accountable to live the gospel that we preach. I have a constant reminder of who I am, what I believe, and what I represent. Using profanity is not an option for me because I can see the hypocritical situation it would put me in with those who know I'm a Mormon. Condoning unethical or dishonest behavior at work? It's not even an option, especially when I make sure all those around me know I'm a Mormon. When I'm at a social event with my coworkers, what's in my glass matters more to others than what's in their own. I like that scrutiny and the extra supervision because it provides me an opportunity to represent my faith and my church.

How I live my faith

The convictions of a faithful Mormon, I feel, compel me to live my religion every day. Granted, I have other responsibilities outside of my church work that take up the majority of my time, including my duties as a husband and father and a demanding career (I work for a Caterpillar heavy equipment dealership). However, I try to use the principles I have learned from my church, specifically from the Book of Mormon, to guide my every decision, whether it be at work or at home. I have served my church in several callings including working with the youth groups, being a Scoutmaster, and as an employment specialist, helping those in my neighborhood find employment or advance their careers. This service will often require an hour or two a few times each week. It's not too demanding, though. Additionally, I of course try to devote the sabbath day to church-related activities, including our three hours of church services. As a family, we try and follow our prophet's advise to dedicate at least one evening each week as a family night, or family home evening as we call it. We try to pray individually and as a family, read scriptures together daily as often as possible. Because I believe my body is an gift from God and an integral part of my everlasting soul, I have employed habits to stay healthy, including eating right, exercising, not smoking, and not drinking. Because I believe my family relationships will be continued after this life on earth, I feel additionally motivated to control my temper when my kids challenge my patience or when my wife and I disagree. Because I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored on the earth, that message and those become the most sought-after scriptures and messages in my life. Because I believe God has chose prophets to bring that message to us, I cannot ignore their call when they challenge us to volunteer and serve in our community and help our neighbors.