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Hi I'm Garren

I am an outdoorsman. I am a college football fanatic. I'm a Mormom.

About Me

I am the middle child of five kids. I love the outdoors. Hunting white-tail deer in the Arizona desert, and fly-fishing for trout are some of my favorite past times. Being in the outdoors, is a way for me to escape from the hustle of daily life, slow down, and enjoy nature. I recently finished my first semester of college where I study management and business. College was a change for me, but for the most part I enjoyed my first semester of study. I think my favorite part of college was attending the sporting events. I am an active person, I love playing games and trying new things. Playing backyard football games and shooting hoops with my dad and brothers is one of my favorite ways to stay active. When I hang out with my friends it is always an adventure. We longboard down hills, explore, and do other adrenaline packed activities. I like making people laugh, and love to laugh myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I am what some may call a cookie-cutter Mormon. I was baptized at age eight, my parents are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I live in a part of town where almost every other home belongs to a Mormon, and my mom drives a mini-van. It may seem funny that I have the same reasons for being a member of this church as a million other people but there is much more to why I am a Mormon. Although I was technically converted on the day of my baptism, my true conversion happened many years later. It was the summer after I graduated from high school. I was working a summer job, preparing for my mission, and reading the Book of Mormon. I began to doubt if it was true, I began to doubt if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I even doubted if God exists. I became very discouraged and sad. I kept to myself and spent a lot of time pondering the truth. I continued reading in the Book of Mormon and finished it. At this point, I prayed to Heavenly Father and asked him if the Book of Mormon was true. As I concluded my prayer I was overcome with peace and the words "I know my Redeemer lives" played in my head. I realized why I was so sad; it was because I didn't have faith in Christ. As I strengthened my faith, I noticed how happy I was, I gained a better perspective about life and at that moment, I found out for myself that the Book of Mormon is true and that I am a member of the true church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

As a teenager, I was a leader in my church youth group. I would plan and prepare youth activities for Wednesday nights, and would lead the meetings on Sundays. Often times, members of the youth group did not attend activities or church. The main reason why they did not attend was because they did not have a friend in the group or did not feel welcome. I found that the most important duty I had as a leader was to be a friend to my peers in the group. As I became friends with my peers who did not attend church and activities, they felt welcome in the group. It was fun for me to meet new people, and I know that the individuals I helped felt happy to belong in the group. To me, it is very important to attend church and youth activities. It is where I learn about God and his plan, it is where I can grow closer to my peers, and it is where we I can encourage myself and others to live a good life just like Jesus Christ lived. I am no longer a leader in the youth group. Now, I live my faith by reading scriptures everyday and praying to my Heavenly Father often. I participate in church meetings and sing in the church choir. I feel great when I sing in the choir. The last way I live my faith is by preparing to serve a mission. I worked and saved money for the past three years to be able to live in a foreign country and preach about Jesus Christ. I have sacrificed a part of my income and 2 years of my life to teach what I know to be true about God and his plan for us, his children.