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Hi I'm Garna

My dad teases me that-like moths- I'm positively phototactic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad once told me that I'm like a light bug, everytime I see something bright I just go for it. I think that that is me, for better or worse, it is. I am the second of five siblings. Our parents found the church just before we were born. My youngest childhood memories involve getting ready for church on Sunday and sitting in a crowded pew. I was named after the couple who brought the joy of the gospel to my dad's life. I live my life like a checklist, I have so many things that I want to accomplish and see and do, but most importantly is my desire to always be worthy of the testimony I have received in knowing that God's church has been restored.

Why I am a Mormon

My siblings and I are the only consistently active members of our immediate family and the only members of our extended family. We have a wonderful relationship with all of our relatives and extended family. Early on, I knew that the teachings of the church were true. I always knew God existed and it was enough to carry me through until I served a mission for the Church ( one of my greatest desires growing up). Serving a mission was a monumental experience for me. For the first time in my life, I was forced to really delve into church doctrine and find out if ALL of it was true, for myself. I knew that if I didn't find out for myself, I would never be able to serve and help others understand what I was adhering to. Reading, pondering and praying about the Prophet Joseph Smith's testimony allowed me to know that the Gospel was true. I have received my very own witness that he truly saw God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Just as Joseph says that he knew it and could not deny it, I too know and will not deny it is true. I have witnessed first hand the blessings that come when we follow the Savior's teachings. I have also witnessed his guiding hand in mine and others' lives. I know that His Gospel is one of truth, hope, and joy.

How I live my faith

I read somewhere that we should try to actually LIVE our Faith everyday. Sometimes its easy to justify practicing only the convenient or evident bits. Though I am guilty of this sometimes, I try to live the standards of the gospel by actually putting them into practice. I do my best to help others even when it means going out of my way. I also try to be grateful and recognizant for my blessings. Recently, I've also learned that Heavenly Father means for us to be happy and learn from our experiences, whether they be good or bad.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Garna
One of the biggest clincher's for me about the Church's truthfulness is how it operates financially. The church and its clergy receive no compensation for their service. The members are encouraged to faithfully pay 10% of their income as well as being generous in Fast Offerings which go to those in need. The matter is handled privately being between you and the Lord. At the end of the year, when I look back on my finances, I have the greatest sense of accomplishment and comfort in knowing that 10% of my income went to a much greater cause than myself being wisely invested and used. Show more Show less