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Hi I'm Garrett

I am a college student and want to become a surgeon. I love learning, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single college student, studying to go into medicine. I enjoy all the normal things, especially outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I like sports, but I don't play them very well. I have 5 siblings and love hanging out with all of them. I went on a two-year mission trip to Honduras where I learned Spanish fluently, and grew to love the culture. I like food; you could say eating is a hobby of mine. I like cars, and can't wait until I can afford a really nice one (and fast). I love college life, especially learning, but find classes very stressful; its hard, but I enjoy the journey. I like exercising and staying in shape at the gym. I love hanging out with friends, but large groups of people aren't my thing. I prefer a few close friends to a room full of acquaintances.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the LDS Church, and have always known it was true. But, like many others, my actions weren't always in harmony with my beliefs. I spent too little time filling the needs of those around me and had to make a conscious and decisive change in order to become more. It isn't enough to just not do bad things or merely be a good person. To rise above the moral flatline, you have to make a decision. When I did, I became truly happy. There are so many different beliefs, religions and lifestyles that can help one become better, but the only way to know for yourself if there is one group, one church or one lifestyle that has all of the truth, is to ask God in prayer. I did, and where I am now is a result of the answer he gave me. I know that there are great people in all walks of life, but that there is only one true kingdom of God here on the earth and that kingdom is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That's why we send missionaries to bug people all over the world; to tell them that there is more, and that we need the as much as they need our message.

How I live my faith

In my ward (congregation that meets together with a certain schedule), I teach a class of 7 and 8 year olds every Sunday about how to follow Christ's example. Their guileless and unfailingly forgiving dispositions often teach me more than I teach them. I also have the privilege of visiting several families in our ward each month in order to become friends and share Christ-centered messages. This is called "home teaching." Several months ago, I was part of a committee to organize activities for college students (these usually involved a lot of good food, and fun outdoor adventures). It is great to be involved in these volunteer activities and give back a little in return for all of the blessings I have received. In order to truly live my faith, I don't have to be perfect, but I do make sure to analyze what I can do better each day to be a benefit in the lives of others and to be more like Christ. To achieve this, I have to write down goals and check them off at the end of each day. Otherwise I become complacent and my progression slows. One goal is serving a person in some way each day. This helps keep my focus off of me. Another way i live my faith is telling others about it. It can be scary and uncomfortable to talk to people about these things, but when I remember that it means everything to me and could to them, I realize how selfish it would be to keep it to myself.