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Hi I'm Grant

I'm from the prairies. I'm an economist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth of seven kids in my family. Having lived in a small town, and going to all the same schools as my older siblings, it seemed everyone already knew me. Of course, since my older brother and sisters seemed to excel in everything they did, people also put me up to that same standard. Doing things like staying out of trouble, getting good grades, graduating high school, going to university, continuing on to graduate studies, ect., were just the norm. Because it never seemed like I could outdo them, I learned long ago not to give too much weight to expectations other people might have for me. The philosophy of only holding myself to my own standards has allowed me to enjoy my accomplishments and appreciate my many blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a firm believer in commitment. By that I mean, when someone says they will or will not do something, I consider it to be the same as if it were done. Although I was raised in an LDS home, I fully committed after leaving home. That instance actually happened when I was living in Japan, serving as a full time missionary. My mission president (the person who oversaw all of the missionaries in that part of the country), was teaching us about how being a disciple of Jesus did not end once we went back home. It was not something that starts, and then after a few years, finishes. Rather, it was a lifetime commitment. As such, we needed to commit in our hearts to following the Savior for our entire lives. This committment was not something I could take lightly. Yes, I had recieved my own confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and Bible. Sure, I had seen it benifit my life and the lives of my friends, family and acquantinces. I had even saved money for my entire youth, and given up 2 years to serve half way across the world. All these reasons were good, but were they enough for me to make a commitment for the rest of my life, that would effect every aspect of it? I thought long and prayed hard. Eventually I arrived at the answer. Following the savior was what I wanted to do. It was the least I could do. I couldn't think of anything else I wanted more, and any other way to live my life. So... having committed, I cannot go back on the promise I made to myself and the Lord that day. Every part of my life has been blessed for it. Even if I could go back on my word, I wouldn't want to.

How I live my faith

One of my most memorable experiences while volunteering for the church was while teaching English in Japan. I was there with my family for 1 year, and we helped out with the weekly English conversation class held at the church there. It was great to get to know members of the community and help them learn something valuable to their life.