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Hi I'm Garrett

I grew up Agnostic in upstate New York and am now a Texan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Business and Technology professional that is also an aspiring Photographer. I love to travel and experience new cultures, foods and peoples. I enjoy sports of all kinds - football, soccer, racquetball, tennis and others, but basketball is my favorite. My wife and I have 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, plus an additional 30 children that we cared for as foster parents.

Why I am a Mormon

I would always say that I would NEVER join a church. Many had tried to get me to join their church, all had failed. One day a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ made a bold statement to me. He said, "I don't care if you join or not. I am the one who is saved and you are not." These words were the exact words that I needed to hear. These words stirred a desire in me to start searching for the truth. I took the lessons from the missionaries, read the Book of Mormon, and prayed to find out if what I was being taught was true. The "answer" that I received was basically "unknown". I prayed several times and still received the same answer. However, when I thought about it, I knew that I was not being sincere and humble in my prayers. I knew that my preconceptions were getting in the way. I had to be true to myself, so I went back yet again to pray. This time I went in sincere, humble and neutral, no preconceptions. I received the answer of "Yes" to my prayer. It was not by some voice in my head or grand outward show. I felt my a deep warmth spread throughout my body and what I can only explain as a loving hug by an unseen being. I could feel the arms wrap around me. I then knew, without a doubt, that what the missionaries taught me was true, that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith, Jr. restored the gospel and church of Jesus Christ to the earth. I was baptized later in life, nearly 38 years old. It has been the most wonderful nine years since then. I know that if you choose to have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, be baptized by immersion and receive the Holy Ghost, you will notice a wonderful change in your life too.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by first acknowledging my Heavenly Father in all that I have. I am blessed to have a home, food, transportation and other material things, but even more blessed for my loving wife, children, extended family, church callings and service to others. I have been called to teach Sunday School to the youth (12-18 years old) and to the investigators and recent converts in building a foundation of the gospel principles of our Heavenly Father. I have been called as the Mission Leader or Asst Mission Leader several times in different locations. I have been called to be the Elders Quorum President and as a counselor in the Bishopric. I am also called as an Ordinance Worker in the Temple. Each of these callings have been a blessing to me in so many different ways. I live my faith by following the commandments of God. I know that if I do my part and exercise my faith that Heavenly Father will keep all of his promises.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Garrett
Self-reliance and emergency preparedness give us independence, self-respect and the ability to serve and/or care for others in need. If you look at all of the natural disasters that have occurred in the past year, it is easy to see why self-reliance and emergency preparedness are important. Being able to account for all of your family members, having food and clean water to drink, first aid supplies and other supplies provide a peace and calm to you during an emergency. You may be able to help others that are not as prepared. Show more Show less