40 Greatest Influences of the last 40 years #13 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
So for a bout 3 or 4 years I was member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It was one of the greatest times in my life. I met a lot of great people including my wife there. Unfortunate it was short lived. I didn't have any more faith as Mormon as I did as a Catholic. I get a lot of funny looks about it but never any direct questions, (except for Cody Shelton, he just came at me with the "You did it because of your wife right?").
I talked a little about how and why I joined the church in a interview I did on my friend Seth's Mental health podcast called "Mental." He was interviewing me about my work as a therapist, but he is also really interested in religious deconstruction. Here is a snippet of the interview when I talk about my decison to join the church.
It’s funny, no one who might read this has ever met Garrett. They have no idea who he is. If you are reading this blog it’s probably because you know me. And you know me because we are family. Or we are old friends. Or we went to high school together. Or we worked together professionally at some point. Or you know one of my family members and feel like you know me because we move in small tight knit social circles and my exploits are legendary(ok probably not the last part).
Robin Williams is one of those influences goes influence on me changed over the course of his own life and how it played out.
Initially as a kid in the 80’s, I like most people, was flabbergasted and enthralled with reruns of Mork and Mindy. Crazy, Zany, fun, fun, fun, Mork.m from Ork. The energy and spontaneity were the first great influence on a spazzy little kid like me.
So you could argue that this guy might belong more on the Not quite top 40 countdown because ultimately I didn’t accept his influence. At least not in the way that Could have profoundly changed my life and made at least my more moderate wildest dreams come true. But even though I didn’t take him up on the offer, just the fact that the offer was made for me to reject and the subsequent ramifications has had innumerable implications on my life.
Jeff Reinland is the long time basketball coach at Walla Walla Community college. I will spare you rehashing his bio and resume. Suffice to say he has been doing his thing well enough to have done it at the same place forthe last 26 years.
Growing up I was familiar with him. I had gone to basketball camps at the community college. He had come to career day when I was in high school. Coach Michels is still listed as an assistant coach on his staff to this day.
Now at this point in the countdown I have made it abundantly clear what kind of a basketball player I am. So that makes my experience with coach Reinland even more profound.