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Hi I'm Garin

I grew up in Idaho, love music, study engineering, and am one of the biggest nerds that you will meet. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a city in Idaho. Growing up, I had a lot of health problems and allergies. In fact, I have many friends who still remember me as that one guy who couldn't drink milk (there are worse things by which I could be remembered, I suppose). Because of these health problems, I ended up going to a private Lutheran school that was better suited to work with me to keep me as healthy as possible. I learned to love the Bible and learned a great deal about its teachings from them, and that is a love and a knowledge that has continued with me to this day. One of my great loves is music, and I have been active for as long as I can remember. My main instrument is percussion, and I play in a few bands at my college. I've also played in jazz bands, rock bands, orchestras, symphonies, ensembles, choirs... you name it, I've rocked it at one point or another. I also sing, play the piano and organ, and I can still play a mean recorder. At school, I am studying engineering, and I hope to one day teach it at the college level. I just got engaged to the girl of my dreams. Not only is she gorgeous, she's nearly as nerdy as I am! I am very in love, and I am grateful for the knowledge that I can be with her forever and ever without end because of the blessings we can receive together in the temple.

Why I am a Mormon

It might be easy to assume that I am a Mormon because my parents are Mormons, but really I am a Mormon because I choose to be one. I have learned a great deal about many other religions and their beliefs, and I have learned much from them on how to be a better disciple of Christ. However, no other faith or creed causes my heart to burn like this one does. I don't claim to know the answer to every question, and I don't claim to not have any myself, but this one thing I do know: that God will answer the prayers of the righteous in knowing whether or not this is truly His work. He answered my prayers, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

A few years ago, I gave a few years of my life to the Lord in the form of a mission. On that mission, I helped with the genealogical work of the LDS Church and helped people who came to its Family History Library in Salt Lake City to find their ancestors. It was something that I absolutely loved to do and I learned a lot from the experience. I took what I learned from that time and have used it since in my local congregation to help them find their ancestors as well. This church puts a strong emphasis on families and seeking out your roots, not just for temple ordinances, but so that you can know and love them. What's the point of being with people forever if you have no idea who they are? Knowledge of our families helps us remember where we came from, and it helps those who will come from us choose correct paths. In addition, I often play the organ for the meetings. Divinely inspired music can invite the Spirit of the Lord better than perhaps anything else.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus required during His Earthly ministry that all of mankind be baptized and come unto Him. However, not everyone is capable of hearing and/or accepting the Gospel in its fullness in this life. Many people have been born, lived, and died without even hearing the name of Jesus, much less hearing about His sacrifice for us. God is just, and requires the same standard of baptism for everyone, so even those that never heard the message must still receive baptism. Without a chance in life to accept, is there still hope for them? Mormons believe that, as a just God, He would not keep so many of His children from returning unto him because of where they were born. We believe that those who die without a knowledge of such things will get the chance to hear the message in the next life and have the choice there of whether or not to accept the message. However, a body is needed to be baptized (how do you get a spirit wet?). Proxy baptisms in LDS Temples give them that option of accepting the message on the other side. It does not force them to somehow become Mormon as God would never deny His children of their agency, but it does allow them the chance to receive the blessings if they so choose. Show more Show less