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Hi I'm Layne Garretson

I grew up in Florida. I have many goals and dreams that keep me working hard. I love being silly and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 19 Florida sunshine kinda girl and my life is currently consumed in being a proud member of the Chick-fil-A team! "Eat more chicken!" Also am busy with preparing to be a full-time missionary! I was currently enrolled as a student at Brigham Young University in Idaho, but have been recently admitted to BYU (Brigham Young University). What fantastic schools. College has by far been the greatest experience yet! Previous to college I attended a Fine Arts high school as a vocal major. I absolutely love to sing! Music is universal, thus allowing one thing to unite us and become as one in the world. It just moves me and touches me in such a beautiful way. Along with singing, I love being outside. Whether it be from riding our horses to playing soccer to hiking the Grand Tetons to bridge jumping! Yes, I own horses and it's pretty neat. Not a lot of kids can say that. We live on about 10 acres of land so I have been blessed with the opportunity to have my playground right in my back yard. You could say I am quite adventurous! I don't like being alone, I love constantly having company by being around other people. Definitely a people person I am! I don't think there is ever a dull moment around me. I'm corky and I have this hilarious laugh that sounds like a seal when they clap.. Goofy is my middle name! If I can put a smile on your face, then I my job is complete! (This is kind of hard just talking about myself. I want to get to the better stuff!)

Why I am a Mormon

Previous to being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I attended regularly a Baptist church. It consumed a lot of my time. Previous to that Baptist church, I attended Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, you name it! I was there, at all of them. Each one taught differently, but all shared in teaching about the love of our Father in Heaven and how His Son Jesus Christ was sent here to Earth to die on the cross for our sins and that the only way we can return to Him is through asking Christ into our hearts. Now that was a riveting moment when I would cry and beg for Jesus to come into my heart. But.. For some odd reason, that simply just didn't seem like it was enough. No matter which of the church's I attended none of them felt like home. I remember I began to question things of the gospel like, "where do we go once we die?" or "where and what was it like before we even came to earth?" These we things I would ask my current Pastor's and they would reply saying that those were grey areas we just will never know in this life. I found that very hard to be true. Especially that they could never really give me a solid answer to this one, "What is our purpose here in Earth?" My senior year of High School was filled with my sadness of my heart. My parents split up prior to the beginning of that year and me and my Father moved out into apartments on our own, without my sister and mom of course. Other things were going downhill. I tore ligaments in my foot, my boyfriend of 3 years broke up with me, and my grandma had recently passed. There was one night that I was home alone and I cried out to God asking Him what it is that I am here on this Earth to do. I prayerfully seeked an answer as to know if He was there and if there was MORE than what I knew regarding this gospel. I offered up the desire of my heart to know if there is more. Not even a week later I met this boy named Diego, HE was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Within my ward, I have received callings such as Primary Chorister, Relief Society Greeter, and even Compassionate Service Leader. These callings are given to each of the members of our church and we are chosen by The Lord to do and fulfill them. Although some of the callings may not make too much sense to you, I can further more explain. Let me start with Primary Chorister. Basically I taught songs in a fun and sometimes crazy way to all of the younger children in the church, from about age 4 to 12. This calling really gave me the opportunity to see from the eyes of a child, what they find to be fun and how to also teach them to be reverent. I would come up with fun games for the kids that would keep their attention on me, thus creating the songs to be more attractive in a sense. Haha. At this moment I am currently the Compassionate Service Leader. This means that if any of the Sisters in our church need comfort, love, a helping hand, or even a warm hug, I am there right by their side. I can coordinate a way for myself and the other Sisters to help out as well. What a beautiful calling that allows for me to grow in love, humility, patience, kindness, and many more attributes just as Jesus Christ's.