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Hi I'm John Garrett

I am the father of four and grandfather to fourteen grandchildren and have been married for 41 years. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I have been married for 41 years to a very loving and patient woman and together we have a daughter and 3 sons. They are all happily married and among them they have 14 children. I love photography and have had a special interest in sports photography. I have taken tens of thousands of picture of my children's and grandchildren's sports and dance activities. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with the inmates at the Utah State Prison where I met hundreds of really good people, some of whom just made some bad decisions. I also filled a Church position where I worked with the residents of the homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. It is humbling to see the challenges so many encounter as they make their way through life. I never cease to be amazed at how life can be turned upside down by a momentary lapse in judgement or a moment of weakness. In all of this, I have seen how God will bless those who willingly face their weaknesses and will seek help to overcome their faults.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! One of the wonderful teachings in our Church is that we (all humans) are children of God and that he knows each one of us individually and loves us. He knows when we are struggling and sorrows with us when we are. He rejoices when we are happy and living a good life. I know he loves us just as he did the people of the time of Bible. He loved those people and because he loved them, he sent prophets among them to share his word and warn them when they were wandering away from his teachings. We know that after the death of Christ and his disciples, the Gospel was slowly changed and in time men entered into a time of apostasy where men lived in spiritual darkness. Just as he did in ancient times, God has called prophets and apostles in our day. Through them, he has restored the Priesthood power that Jesus Christ bestowed upon his apostles. In one of the most important days in the last 2000 years, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a young man named Joseph Smith. Through him the power of the Priesthood (the power to act on behalf of God for the benefit of all men) was restored. The Gospel of Jesus Christ in its purity was restored at that time. I know that God now communicates through his prophet and continues to share his messages for all men. I also know that new scriptures have been shared with with that testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. These scriptures are called the Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ. By reading and praying about what you read in the Book of Mormon, you can know, with surety, that God lives, that Jesus Christ is his Son. You will also learn that there is life after this life and you have the opportunity to be reunited with you family - past, present and future - after you have finished your life on earth. What joy and PEACE this knowledge brings into my life. I encourage you to allow us to tell you more about the wonderful source of joy and strength!

How I live my faith

I live in a wonderful part of the Phoenix metro area. Although I am retired, we live in an area where there are tons of young families who are working really hard to raise their children to be responsible citizens of America and solid members of the LDS Church. They have many of the same struggles most young families have and are concerned about the really terrible influences that are so prevalent in our world. I try to help others when the opportunity presents itself. In our neighborhood lives a man and his wife. He is a military veteran who suffers from PTSD and some physical issues, but as much as I try to help him, he is always really striving to be self sufficient. I love doing what I can to help him because when he does allow me to help, I feel a wonderful warmth knowing that this is what our Savior would do if He were here.