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Hi I'm Garrett

My family moves a lot. I love making people laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family moves every couple of years, so I've lived all over the United States. It was always an adventure for us to go to a new place, make new friends, and find out what made every place special! I like to keep busy, so I got involved almost every way I could. I've played piano and the clarinet in various music groups like marching and concert band and small music groups. I also love to sing, and involve myself in choirs and show choirs. I grew up with five brothers, so sports were always a big thing for me. I ran Cross Country, and played Basketball and Soccer through high school. I still love to run and play games whenever I can. I have completed one year of college thus far. In April of 2011 I volunteered to serve as a full-time missionary for two years. I was called to serve in the Paraguay Asuncion North Mission, where I taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Spanish and Guarani.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have both been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all their lives, and they have been great teachers for me. My older brothers have also been great examples. As our family moved around, it was always a blessing to have the members of the chuch there and ready to welcome us. The LDS Church is the same everywhere, and always directed by Jesus Christ. When it comes down to it, I had to figure out for myself whether or not this church was the true church of Christ. As I prayed one night to know the truth, I felt for the first time the unmistakable confirmation of the Holy Ghost. I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the true church on the Earth. Since then I have felt the same confirming feeling through prayers, church and temple attendance, reading the scriptures, participating in ordinances of the priesthood, and listening to the prophets. I'm a Mormon because God has told me repeatedly of the truth.

How I live my faith

My involvement has changed and varied as our family has moved from state to state. I have served as a youth leader a couple of times, helping to plan and arrange activities for the young people of the church. I have had the privilege to participate in priesthood ordinances as well, such as preparing, blessing, and passing the sacrament on Sunday. Most recently I was a teacher, which was a bit of a challenge since many of the members I was teaching were older (and very likely wiser) than I. However, as I prepared to teach lessons and prayed for guidance, I was able to find ways to make each lesson meaningful to those in my class. Everywhere I moved, my five brothers and I stuck out a bit as we followed the standards of the Church. People readily recognized something different about us, and we were never shy to say, "I'm a Mormon." Now I'm back from preaching the Gospel in Paraguay, and sharing the testimony I've gained through my years of membership.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Garrett
Absolutely we believe in the Bible, and it is definitely the word of God. It is a collection of holy writings authored by ancient prophets and apostles. Sometimes the world gets confused and thinks that it is the ONLY collection of scriptures, but that's simply not true. The Bible itself makes mention of other scriptures and prophets otherwise not mentioned in the records of history, but that at the time were considered authoritative and sacred. One thing that sets us apart is the belief in what we might call an "open canon," or in other words, we believe that God can and does continue to give us more scripture. One of the most commonly known is the Book of Mormon (that's where we got our nickname, the "Mormons"). It is another volume of ancient scripture that God has given us in these days, chronicling part of the history of America. Especially important in this book is the record of the resurrected Christ's visit and teachings among the people. The purpose of additional scripture is not to change what has been said in other scriptures, but rather to add to our understanding, and sometimes give us additional guidance that wasn't necessary in the olden days. So the Book of Mormon doesn't contradict the Bible - they support each other and help me to grow closer to God, understand His plan for me, and give me strength through the tough times. Show more Show less