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Hi I'm Garrett

I'm a college student, a longboarder, a full-time missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In most respects, I'm just a regular 19 year old. I love backpacking, longboarding, playing video games, and pretty much anything else an average young adult enjoys. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for my whole life, and it's a huge part of my personal identity. I recently completed my freshman year of college at Brigham Young University, and I loved it. I'm currently serving my mission for the Church speaking Spanish in Arcadia, California. I love what I do and I get to see huge changes taking place in the lives of others every day. Being a missionary makes me appreciate the Gospel more and love the people around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because being one brings me closer to God. Being a Latter-day Saint enriches my life and shows me that I have a Heavenly Father that really cares. I love all the opportunities this Church provides, and I've gained a testimony of its truthfulness through my own experience with the Holy Ghost. I know that God loves me, and coming to know that better helps me participate in a process of continuous conversion.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following Jesus Christ in and outside Church. The gospel of Jesus Christ is supposed to transform who you are, so it changes the way I treat people and what I think. A few ways I'm able to show that dedication to God are through service, activity in Church positions, sharing the gospel of Christ with other people, and regular prayer and scripture study. My life is pretty normal, but I try to let my commitment to God show through my everyday actions.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Garrett
We believe that the temple is the house of God. In the temple, we make promises to our Heavenly Father that unite us together as families and bring us closer to returning to His presence. The temple is very sacred and beautiful, as are the things we do inside. For that reason, the Lord preserves that space for people that are living the highest standards of worthiness. Just like a student needs to go through preparatory courses before entering a university-level calculus class, there's necessary spiritual preparation before entering the house of the Lord. We don't want to keep anyone out of the temple; we invite everyone in the world to get ready to go inside and receive the blessings that await them there. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Garrett
By all outward appearances we're pretty much like anyone else! We eat normal food, celebrate normal holidays, wear normal clothes, and do most normal things. What makes us Mormons is commitment on the inside to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings. You'll notice Latter-day Saints by our behavior long before you'll notice us by our looks. We're different because we're committed to spending our lives in devotion to God and our fellow beings. We believe in living the commandments God has given us because that way we're safe from harm and we're happy. We abstain from certain negative activities like substance abuse, promiscuity, and dishonest living because we know it will keep us close to God and make us more effective instruments in His hands. In the end, I'm a lot happier than those who choose another route. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Garrett
What Mormons believe about life after death is that there is hope! Death is not the end of life, and we will have the opportunity to see the loved ones that we have lost again. A Book of Mormon prophet said, "...the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body...are taken home to that God who gave them life. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness...a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow." Death is a necessary stepping stone in our progress to live with God again. Christ will give us a merciful reward according to what we have done here on this earth. If we live righteous lives and follow Christ here, we will live with our families in peace and joy hereafter. Talk with the missionaries to learn more about God's plan for us before and after this life. Show more Show less