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Hi I'm Garrett Hawkins

I am a musician, a designer, a inventor and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a college student at Brigham Young University studying Industrial Design. I operate a contracting design company and love to work with different computer design programs such as solidworks and autodesk inventor. I love to play and coach soccer and also love to go boating and fishing. I love mountain biking and pretty much anything else that gets me outside. I play saxophone in the marching band, the university band and the pep band at BYU and get to travel around the country sharing my musical talent. I served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Phoenix Arizona from July 2014-2016 and had the wonderful opportunity to help teach people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I think the answer to the question has changed several times throughout my life. I think I was first a Mormon because that's what my parents were. I was raised in it and that's just what we as a family did. As I grew older though, I started to question the things that I had been taught my whole life and started to pull away from the church. Did I truly believe in it or was it just a family tradition to be a Mormon? When I was about 16 years old, I went to a church camp and there decided that I needed to know for myself whether it was true or not. I kneeled down and asked God if this was the path that He wanted me to follow and I felt Him answer, in a very personal way, that yes, I was on the right path and that the church was true. Over time however, we as humans tend to forget things. As I went to BYU for my freshman year I actually had the choice to go or not to go to church. I watched several of my roommates slowly stop going to church and I began to find myself slowly stop wanting to go to church as well. I had a good friend at the time who I talked to about these feelings and he said that I should read the whole Book of Mormon and pray and ask if it was true. So I did, and once again I got the unmistakeable answer that yes, it was true. So in short, I am a Mormon because that is the religion I was born into, but I choose to remain a Mormon because I have gotten unmistakeable answers from God Himself that it is true. I know it, and I know that God knows that I know it, and I cannot deny it. I also love how the Gospel teaches me to become more like the Savior and how it helps me to overcome the daily challenges and struggles that we all face. I have truly found the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).

How I live my faith

I think that one of the most wonderful parts of the Gospel is that it takes who we are and helps us to become a little bit better everyday as we follow it. To put it shortly, I live my faith everyday as I do what I can to draw closer to the Savior and to become more like Him. I try to walk where He would walk, say what He would say, and do what He would do. I do my best to serve others and to make their day a little bit easier and brighter. I study and ponder the scriptures every day. I speak to my Father in Heaven through prayer multiple times every day, and I am blessed to see His answers to my prayers each and every day. I do my best to share God's love with everyone that I meet.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Garrett Hawkins
The doctrine of grace is very closely interlinked with the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Indeed, it is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that there can be grace. Grace is the means by which we are able to return to the presence of God, and eventually live with Him again. In order for that to happen, two obstacles need to be overcome: the obstacle of death and the obstacle of sin. Because of the ressurection of Jesus Christ, all of us will obtain a perfect and immortal body and will be brought back into the presence of God to be judged of our works (1 Nephi 15:33), thus the effect of death is overcome. In order to be cleansed from sin, we must "put off the natural man and become a saint through the Atonement of Christ the Lord, and [become] as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit" (Mosiah 3:19). We must do our best to repent and become better each and every day, to become more Christ-like each and every day. This is what what causes us to learn and to grow (a central purpose of this life) and this is what is meant by the phrase "after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). We can find the strength to do this from the Grace of Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Garrett Hawkins
The purpose of the missionaries when they visit your home is to help you to build your faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and to help you experience the blessings that come from having a Christ-centered life and family. They teach about God's plan and vision for us (what we call the Plan of Salvation), the ways that we can grow our faith in and love for the Savior (what we call the Gospel of Jesus Christ), and about how all of the truths that Jesus Christ taught are again on the earth today (what we call the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ). Show more Show less