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Hi I'm Garret

I grew up in Colorado & Idaho. What crazy adventure is next? I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I lived in Arvada, Colorado and Twin Falls, Idaho. I attended Twin Falls High School. I enjoy running and ran cross-country for 6 years. I was part of a ballroom dance team for 4 years and enjoy performing. I was on a FIRST robotics team for 3 years and made it to the World Competition in St. Louis each year. I have tried a lot of different things and enjoy meeting new people. Some of my hobbies and interests include: running, mountain biking, anything outdoors, the bagpipes, the ukulele, swimming, ballroom dance, singing, reading, engineering, and robotics. I plan to attend BYU Provo, but first I am serving a mission in Uganda!!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because I've found no reason not to be. Why not be a part of the Church that celebrates the life of Jesus Christ, does extensive humanitarian work around the world, and teaches wonderful and useful principles? But it's more than that. I am a Mormon because I know that what they teach is true. I know that Jesus Christ lived. I know that he is my Savior and Redeemer, and that he can take away my sins and help me to change for the better. He can do this for me, and for every other person on this earth, because He performed the Atonement and suffered for the sins of the World. He has felt my sins and sorrows and struggles, as well as my joys and triumphs. He can heal me and help me. And I have found this out through my own personal experience. At one point, I struggled with knowing that the gospel was true. I questioned whether it was real for me. After a very long time, of praying and reading the scriptures, I finally received the realization that of course the gospel is true! I grew up in the church, living the gospel, and had always known it was true! I can say this with confidence: that Jesus Christ is our Savior, the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet, Families live forever, the priesthood is God's power here on the earth, and God has a plan for me and for each one of us!

How I live my faith

I teach lessons in Sunday school. I fulfill assignments to help members of the church. I help administer the sacrament. I hold the priesthood, so I help baptize and participate in giving blessings of comfort and healing. I have acted as the president of a young men's group, and of a scout troop. I have worked as a Family History consultant for my ward, to help with genealogy. I speak in sacrament meeting. I help clean the church building. I check in on families to see how they are doing, to teach lessons, and to see if they need any help. I try to help out in any way that I can. I will serve a two-year mission in Uganda. But mostly, I strive to be a little better every day. Reading my scriptures and saying my prayers. Sharing what I know is true when I have the opportunity.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

While young men in particular are encouraged to serve, an LDS mission is served completely voluntarily by young men, women, and senior couples from the church. They tend to begin serving at around the ages of 18-20, ranging from 18 months to 2 years. The church assigns the missionary to the are they will be serving. I personally decided I wanted to go on a mission, and have been called to serve in the Uganda Kampala Mission in Africa! I, like many of my friends and other members of the church, consider it a privilege to act in love for the people of my mission area and to share with the them the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less