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Hi I'm Gig Griffith

I grew up in Irvine, California. I married Susan and we have 5 kids. I teach, coach and advise at Lehi High and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters in Accountancy after serving a two-year mission in Alaska. During the time up north, I not only taught people about our religion, but built houses, ran libraries, worked in a hospital, started several Boy Scout troops, created youth sports programs and was a disk jockey for KOTZ in Kotzebue above the Arctic Circle. At BYU I worked for the dean of students as a photographer and Student Leadership Development assistant. My senior year I was a leader in the Student Advisory Council and officer for BYU Service Association. After graduating, Susan and I moved to California and started our family which now has five children. I worked for Ernst and Young LLC as a CPA there and moved back to Utah to work for Novell. I received two 'Manager of the Year" awards there and really enjoyed the teams I worked for and managed. My hardest job came when I worked full time as "Mr. Mom" when Susan went to work for the state's Attorney General office for over a year and I started a self-serve car wash business. At age 39, I switched gears from accounting and went back to college to train as an educator. In two years I graduated with a bachelors and teachers certificate for Secondary Education in the Social Studies field. In the last five years I have taught 8 different classes, advised Student Council and started two clubs. I coached Girls Tennis, Football and Baseball at the high school level and Softball at the city-league level.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that as a human being I was created to learn, serve, love and progress in this life. This purpose is fulfilled by what I do with the faith I have that God lives. He has created myself and all people to find happiness through a knowledge of His Gospel. This faith involves understanding and believing that His son, Jesus Christ lived His life and sacrificed it for our eternal potential. A third member of this Godhead, the Holy Ghost, lives to tell my personal spirit of truth when it is spoken or felt. Through this belief, I have always felt a closeness to the love and direction of a Heavenly Father who has protected me, listened to me, and guided me in making life-changing decisions. I have always loved learning and teaching history. I find often that today's record of history has been changed to fit our current world's eyes and interests. To me, in spite of the age of written record or people's perspectives, God has not changed and His Spirit has told my soul in certainty that He exists. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports my knowledge of what I know to be true. The foundation of what I know is supported by prophets, apostles, scripture, trials, obedience, commandments and covenants. I am happy and live with eternal hope to be with my wife, family and loved ones forever.

How I live my faith

I have been privileged to work in many different areas of the community from Big Brothers / Sisters and United Way organizations to Boy Scouts, homeowners, and foundations. These community services compliment what I believe in doing within the church organization I belong and public school arena. I have been responsible to teach and/or lead young children up to senior citizens in groups as small as 5 to those over 200. These duties can take 15-60 hours of time during the average week, but that is the purpose for which I feel I was placed when and where I am today.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gig Griffith
Do we worship Joseph Smith? No. We are grateful each day for what he did in his life and what it does for me today. Similarly, do we worship our grandparents or forefathers? No. What they did for us in sacrifice and love makes each day of mine possible and worthwhile. Had he been alive today would that make a difference? No, I believe we have a prophet alive today and that brings revelation with that holy calling, but only the Savior and my God do I worship. Show more Show less