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Hi I'm Chris Garrett

I'm a business owner, a teacher, husband, father. I love music, tennis, cycling, and scuba diving. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Long Beach, California. When I was seven years old, we moved to Oregon and my parents divorced. As a kid, I was a fanatical sports fan--played football, basketball, and baseball. But at the age of 14 I got hooked on tennis and began competing in tournaments. After serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in South Carolina, I worked as a USPTA-certified tennis teaching pro. I taught tennis at a country club in Jamestown, New York, at the Rod Laver Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and at the Ridge Athletic Club in Provo, Utah. I met my wife, Brenda, at a church youth dance when I was 17, but we didn't start dating until we were attending college at Brigham Young University. We've been married over 26 years and were blessed with six children. Last year those blessings increased and our family grew after adopting two young boys. We now have four sons and four daughters. We've lived in Japan, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Nevada. I've spent most of my career in education, management, and administration. After graduate studies at Oregon State Univ. (MA) and Texas A&M Univ. (PhD), I taught literature and directed faculty development programs at universities. Last year, we moved to Las Vegas to start a new business venture. I enjoy cycling, music, and tennis, but my great passion is scuba diving. I've swam with sharks, barracuda, and other sea creatures in Borneo and Key Largo. I

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to know what brings true happiness in life. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that rather than focusing on ourselves, we should instead look towards helping others. By doing so we can be happier. It's contrary to what the world promotes (i.e., be selfish and self centered). And while we fall short, we have the Atonement of Jesus Christ to help us make progress and be forgiven and cleansed of our sins. I am also grateful to know that there is more in store for us beyond this world, that this earth life is just a glimpse, a taste of the eternities. Because of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected and have been given the gift of immortality. As a Mormon, when I attend the the temple I learn about and see more clearly that eternal perspective, and this helps me realize just how important our families are to us. I am also grateful to know that God loves all of His children, that he doesn't play favorites. The Book of Mormon is evidence of that, that Jesus came to the inhabitants of Ancient America after His resurrection to teach them His gospel. The Book of Mormon and the Bible testify of Jesus Christ and teach principles that will bring us closer to our Heavenly Father. I've come to gain a stronger testimony of the Law of the Harvest--when you put in the effort and diligently work with faith, you will see the fruits of your labors. And often God will make up for our deficiencies, sometimes he rewards us and blesses us beyond that which we may feel we deserve. But it is so important to recognize His hand in our lives and acknowledge and thank Him for those blessings and tender mercies.

How I live my faith

About two years ago, as a family we felt like the Lord wanted us to get involved with fostering and adopting children. Although we were blessed with six children born to us, we learned of the great need there is for fostering and adopting children in the USA. Last year we fostered two young girls and we got very attached to them, but it became apparent that they would soon return to their own family. When we decided to move from Indiana to Las Vegas to pursue a business opportunity, we prayed that if there were children who needed us and who we could adopt that the Lord would open that door and give us that opportunity before we moved. Within days, we had two boys--ages 3 and 4--living with us, who needed our love and support. In a miraculous way, doors quickly opened so that we were able to finalize the adoption in less than 45 days. As a family, we gather together and pray at meal times and each night we kneel for prayers before bedtime. We study the scriptures and teachings of the Savior, Jesus Christ. We attend church as a family every Sunday. Brenda and I also attend the temple twice a month. But for me, religion is much more than just attending church. It's a way of life. How we interact with people daily at work, the service we provide to our neighbors and community, and freely sharing the talents, gifts, and resources that we have been given--that is religion. How can I lift up others? How can I make a difference in the lives of those I interact with everyday? I like the scripture that says, to paraphrase: "When you are in the service of others, you are in the service of your God." Brenda and I strive to support our children in their various activities, attending their sports events and musical concerts. In our ward congregation, I've been asked to teach several classes, including a marriage relations course. Over the years I've held a variety of church callings, such as choir director, Scoutmaster, and Gospel Doctrine/Sunday School teacher.