When I was a kid, you knew you were eating fancy when there was some parsley on the plate. Just a little touch of green garnish to brighten things up. You don't see that as much anymore. Every single time one of us would ask my dad why there was parsley on the plate, he would tell us that it was for decoration, and try to get us to eat some. He claimed that it would make our breath fresh. It was nasty.
To me growing up, garnish = parsley.
There is one very important scripture that uses the term garnish: D&C 121:45. The fact that it is in Section 121 makes it an important word. (The revealed word doesn't get any better that Section 121.) Here is the verse:
"Let they bowels be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dews from heaven."
But "garnish?" I don't think so. Decorating my thoughts with virtue? I would hope that virtue can do more than that for me. I have heard it explained many different ways, some hearkening back to Old English, but none of the explanations haven't done much for me.
Since I don't like the use of the word "garnish" in this scripture as I grew to understand it, I was happy to find a better, different way to read it. (This was not my idea, but I can't remember where I heard it. And if you already knew this, then you are smarter than me.)
Have you ever heard about someone owing back taxes, or child support, or a fine, and the IRS or the Court decided that they were going to take possession of the debtors money? That is called a "garnishment." As in "they are going to garnish his wages." If your wages get garnished, someone else takes possession or control of your money.
I like that a lot better. Let Virtue garnish my thoughts. I don't need Virtue to decorate my thoughts. I need Virtue to take control of my thoughts.
In D&C 88:40, it says that "virtue loveth virtue,"
But I don't love parsley.