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Elder Stephen Michael Garn

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Served: 1981 - 1983
Language(s) spoken:Spanish, Australian
Areas Served:
Essendon, Broadmeadows, etc.
Companions:
Michael D Edmonds | Terry I. Finlayson | William H. Orfanos
Your Occupation: Residential AV Design & Installation
Comments:
I resigned my membership with the church in April 2008 after having been an active member in full fellowship my entire life.

I still remain true to many of the values not exclusive to Mormonism. My disaffection began several years before while studying the actual vs faithful history of the church. I never would have dreamed as a member that I would ever ask to have my records removed. However, the deep sense of betrayal of trust by particularly the founders left me with little choice if I were to be true to what I consider my personal integrity.

Some would speculate that I may have ulterior motives (as I suspected of other apostates while a member). On the contrary, it would have been much easier to remain a silent unbeliever within the only community that I have ever really known from my youth.

To this day I am glad to have served with many of you those very short 16 months in Melbourne (the mandatory 18 month program). There is much I could comment on concerning being driven by guilt and numbers. But inspite of these distractions, I am glad for much of the experience - learning to serve, love and care for others beyond myself and finding contentment in doing so.

Although I remain unafilliated with organized religeon, I intend to continue to live as a Follower of Christ as this is where I believe I will always find my peace and serenity.

I also served with elders Robert Ayer, Morrell, J. Moroni Sherwood, Brett Palmer and Jesse Lewis.

Kind regards to you all.
 
Created: 22 May 2001  Modified: 27 Dec 2012
Last Login: 27 Dec 2012 01:34:49 PM
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