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Hi I'm Isaac Gardner

I'm a blacksmith, a painter, a dancer, an actor, a Missionary in the Thailand Bangkok Mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to create. Whether through paint on canvas, the polished blade of a longsword, or fits of spontaneous Latin ballroom dancing; I relish the opportunity to express my love and appreciation for the talents granted me by my Creator. Most often I can be found out in the garage pounding on a brightly glowing hot piece of steel, or building some new tool to assist in making my creations. I am a certified welder, and intend to attend college to earn a degree in Engineering. In the future my ideal occupation would be as a Bladesmith. We'll see if that dream is realized. I'm excited to be serving a Full-Time Mission in the Thailand Bangkok Mission for the next two years, sharing the gospel which I love, with those who have never tasted of its blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have experienced, firsthand, the power of Christ's Atonement. The very thought of the kind of person I would have been without God's hand in my life frightens me. But the biggest reason I'm a Mormon is that every time I read The Book of Mormon, or pray, or take the sacrament, or ponder eternity, I feel the warmth of my Heavenly Father's love for me as a person. I believe in Christ. I believe He died so that we can become clean from our sins and return to live with Him again. I believe the living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to be inspired of God. Having learned for myself through study and prayer, I testify that The Book of Mormon is the word of God, the Church is true, God loves each and every one of His children, and we will all live again. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My day begins and ends with sincere prayer. I believe my prayers to be conversation. Conversation with my living, breathing, Heavenly Father. I ask him questions and he answers them. I ask for blessings and he grants them. No I do not hear a voice in my ear; But I do feel His love for me. Often that's all we really need. I know for a fact that prayers are rarely answered in the way we expect. When I was 16 years old I was in a car accident and nobody was injured. Looking at the situation I remembered praying earlier that night that I and my sister would be safe. At first I was confused because here we were with a smashed Chevy! Then a realization dawned upon me: I didn't pray for the car. I prayed for what matters: The safety of I and my sister. That night I learned a valuable lesson: That Heavenly Father wants to bless us; but he will not remove the need to have faith. On 3 Nephi chapter 5 verse 8, Mormon says: "And there had many things transpired which, in the eyes of some, would be great and marvelous..." I strive to be one of the people who choose to see the hand of God in all things. In doing so, I gain a greater appreciation for the marvelous world around me and because of that, I can't help but be happy. Even in this dark and turbulent world of conflicting views, opinions, and personalities.