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Hi I'm Daymon Gardner

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I love the outdoors. I have an awesome family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and have lived in Oregon for most of my life. My dad is an oudoorsman and he has heavily influenced my interest in outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. Some of my favorite memories are of early morning fishing trips and fifty mile backpacking hikes with my dad, brothers, and friends. I enjoy everything about outdoor activities: experiencing first-hand God's creations, getting physical exercise, living a simpler life away from technology and the fast pace of society, and becoming closer to my family and friends. Some of my other interests are sports, reading, and history. I participated in cross country and track and field in high school. Sports helped me make friends and learn that I can accomplish hard things, even when I think I can't. Reading is one of my hobbies simply because I always want to know more. I recently graduated from high school and the next phase of my life will be serving a church mission in and around Macon, Georgia for two years. I have looked forward to serving a mission for as far back as I can remember and it is both exciting and slightly nervewracking to finally be going. After I return from my mission, I will begin college at Brigham Young University.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the awesome blessing of being born into a family that was and still is devoted to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I attended church each Sunday with my family and learned the doctrines and principles that are key to the Mormon faith. Although I will say that I think that I did rely on the testimonies of my parents and leaders from church when I was younger, I know that I had a testimony of the truthfulness of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at that time. I felt the happiness and love of being in a family centered around the gospel. I saw the pains and hardships of others who weren't living the way my family did and I was confused because it seemed so obvious what the right way to live was. School opened up my eyes to many different opinions, family structures, and ways to live. When I was 13 or 14, I decided that I needed to confirm for myself that the church that I belonged to was the correct one or not, because I wanted to be able to say for myself and with confidence that I knew it was true. So, I followed the counsel of prophets and read the Book of Mormon, praying to Heavenly Father to know if it was true, and therefore that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that Christ's church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was restored through him. As I read from the Book of Mormon with the desire to know for myself, I received answers to my questions that I know were guided by the Spirit. I have learned through the Holy Ghost and faithful obedience to the teachings of the Church that Jesus Christ created the earth, that He suffered for everyone's sins, pains, and afflictions. I know that He was resurrected and that because of Him, anyone and everyone can repent of their sins and return to live with Him and Heavenly Father one day. I want everyone to know that they are important to God and to help them know the fullness of the gospel which is why I'm serving a two year mission.

How I live my faith

In my church I am a home teacher with my dad. We have a short list of assigned families in our local congregation to visit each month to share a gospel message with and to assist. I have been involved with home teaching since I turned 14 and it has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have met and made friends with people I may have never developed relationships with if I wasn't there home teacher. I have also had a lot of practice preparing gospel lessons and learning how to share them. Another assignment I was given was to play the piano in one of the weekly Sunday church meetings. I would play a prelude and then accompany hymns on the piano. I struggled a lot with public performance before that and it really helped me to become more accustomed to playing in front of people.