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Hi I'm Garret

I'm from Utah, I'm serving an LDS mission in Argentina, and I'm a Mormon (obviously)

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. I just finished a year of college and I'm taking time off to serve a two-year mission for the Church. I'm an avid reader--I'll devour almost anything I can get my hands on, from fiction to nonfiction. I've always loved learning, especially history and science. In college, I'm studying biology with hopes to one day go to medical school and be a doctor.

Why I am a Mormon

My story of becoming a Mormon is a bit different in that I don't really have a "conversion story." I was raised in the Church; both sides of my family are Mormon and have been that way for multiple generations. The teachings of the Church have always been a part of my life. So I never really "became" a Mormon--in my mind I always was one. That said, I don't just stick around to go with the flow--and I definitely haven't decided to spend two years of my life teaching this to other people just because my family is Mormon. I've had my doubts about these things--everyone does. From time to time, at my darkest moments, I've even wondered if God is really there. In the months leading up to my decision to serve I spent time reading the scriptures (the Bible and other books that are the word of God) and praying. I know that I was able to receive an answer to my questions. I know that at those darkest moments, the little bit of light I feel comes from God. He loves me and all of HIs children and is aware of everything in our lives. He wants what's best for us and just wants us to come to Him so that He can bless us. God doesn't always take away the hard things in our lives, but he can bless us with strength to be able to bear them. No matter who you are, whether you're a member of the Church or if you don't even believe in God, I encourage you to do what it takes to find out for yourself if all of this is true. Read the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, and ask God with a sincere heart. Seek that light inside yourself--it's the Spirit of God. I love this Church. It's the best thing I've got in my life and it gives me strength and peace. It's also true and I know that anyone can find out its truth for themselves!

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is a defining part of my life. It changes the way I see the world and makes me want to become a better person--more kind, understanding, and loving like Jesus was. I live my faith by reading the Bible and other scriptures, by attending church services every Sunday, and by trying to pattern my life after the teachings of Christ. Being a disciple of Christ is made up of all the little things that I do every day to try to be more like Him. I'm not perfect by a long shot, but I can always pray to my Heavenly Father for forgiveness, help and guidance, and strength. It can be frustrating to feel like I'm always starting over again, but also empowering to know that God cares about me and wants me to succeed. Most visibly, I've decided to serve a mission for the Church. I'll be serving in Argentina and I am so excited! I'll be able to do service and teach people about these things that mean so much to me. I'm intimidated as well--I'll speak a new language (I studied Spanish for a few years in high school, but I'm far from fluent) and live in another country on the other side of the planet with a different culture and different food. It can be scary but I know that everything will be all right if I trust in God and make Him a part of my life. I'm looking forward to serving the people in Argentina.