Hi I'm Timmy
I come from a family of 14 brothers and sisters. I am number 12 in line. I love my family very much, and have learned countless things from each of my brothers and sisters. I have a big imagination, and love putting it to good use. One way I do so is by projects such as board games or card games. I also love to put art to said things and like to draw, although I'm no michaelangelo. Art has also lead my to want to learn more about 3D animation, and I would like to apply for a career in that in the future. Another thing that, that leads me to is I am a lover of video games. Not for senseless violence or anything, but for the stories told. I believe that relates back to my imagination where someone can create a story for someone else to live through. You might now be thinking I'm getting way into this, but it's true. I love the imagination of others. Another person I love with a big imagination was Shel Silverstien. I can't say I'm an avid reader, but I love his poetry, and I've been known to write out a few silly poems myself. Probably not on par with him, but I strive to better myself always. I'm usually good about trying new things or just daring things, but I'm always willing to learn more and live life.
Why I am a Mormon
I have actually been a memeber all my life, or atleast since I was 8 years old. Being raised in the church, you start to wonder what else is out there and I've found myself applying all I knew from the church. The big turn around around for me though was when I started seeing what's been happening to people I knew and they started ruining their lives. I found myself blessed with the fact that I had been raised in the church, but yet I was reluctant to actually do anything about it. One time I was invited to help out with an activity that our church was holding, and I mainly worked in the kitchen, but when the kids had classes I had to usher them around to them. One of these classes Simply put that how the Joseph smith experiance could apply to us today. After that class, I walked off into the boonies and knealt down in prayer to see if this is the true church, or if I had been wasting my time my whole life. The answer I got was simple, "Yes, think about everything you've done." I was blown away by my answer, I now knew that, that's why I loved my family, that's why I'm happy, I just knew. This gospel blesses families and my Heavenly Father wants me to be happy. I am a mormon because I know my father has a plan for us, and he wants me to be happy and live with my family forever.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Well like anybody else, I've had family members pass on. Everytime I think about one of them, I feel a sense of comfort. Because of the plan, I know they're in a better place. I can't say I don't miss them, but I know they're with our Heavenly Father, and what better company could you be in? One time, my Grandfather was not doing so well, and I was at church with my friend. After sacrament meeting, he asked me if I wanted a ride home or to the hospital to see him. There's nothing I could do to change the events, but I knew because of the plan of happiness, that if anything were to happen, that he would be in a greater place and in a state of happiness. This whole plan makes sense, and shows that our Heavenly Father truely does love us. He doesn't want to see us fail, but people are falible, but Heavenly Father has made it possible that we can overcome failure. How awesome is that?
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Well, the way I've always seen it, is the gospel is like a giant cookie. Everybody has a favorite cookie, and when somebody loves something a lot, they try to get other people to enjoy what they enjoy. So the gospel being this cookie, if you love it so very much, you would want to share it with everybody. That's why I chose to serve, because I have seen some great things come out of the church, and I would like to bring other people to see it too. So we serve so others can have the same gifts we've been given. Also, our Heavenly Father has asked us to, and just like any other commandment of the Lord, I strive to keep them.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
I have done several things in my life that I hope will some day strengthen my family. Throughout my life, I have been a member of this church, and have lived the gospel as best as I could. Sometimes I falter, but just as a muscle tears, it grows back stronger. I have seen through to obtain my eagle scout, which not only gives me valuable resources to help my family, but also shows that I am dilligent in my duties. As of this moment, I am serving a mission for my church, which shows that I know, love and respect my God, and that I can bring that to my family also. Many of the things we do in the church also help us with our life. They prepare us for great responsabilities, and what greater responsability would you have over your family? I know that I'm not perfect, but I hope one day that I can go the temple and be sealed to my own family forever. Forever is a long time, so I gotta make sure I can make it here on earth first.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Well, first off I would like to set a background to what I have to say. We believe in God, and that he's our Heavenly Father. Now just like us as people, when we have questions, we usually ask someone. As children that person is usually our Father, or Mother. As Teenagers not so much, and then as Parents, You revert back to asking them. Now, as Children of our Heavenly Father, we might get questions in our lives, and He's someone we can always turn to in prayer. Just like those teenyears though, we believe we don't need to get the answers from him, but we could find them ourselves. Our Father in Heaven really wants us to answer our prayers, and is just waiting for us to kneel down in prayer to do so. Now how this has effected me, I have hit my knee to the floor numberles times. I have prayed for so many things in my life and, within reason, he has answered my prayers. I know my Father in heaven is there and truely does love to hear from all of us. At times I thought to myself that I was unworthy to talk to my father, but just like hiding something you've done from your father, it accomplishes nothing. God knows what I need, and he can't wait to give it to me, and the best part of it is, all I have to do is ask.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I can't say I remember much about it, because I was 8 years old and I didn't even know what I was getting myself into. I do remember it being a happy and exciting day, and it was pretty cool, because I got a few gifts. Nothing like toys or anything, but I got my own book of mormon. I also remember getting baptized with 3 other kids, but I digress. No, I can't share much about how I felt, or who was even there, but I can say that I'm glad I was baptized. I have often looked back on the years past in my life, and I realize that I have recieved many a blessing from different things, that all face back to baptizm. I have grown closer to my savior through it too. I have been blessed by the presence of the holy ghost, which comes after the act of baptizm. I might not know a lot about what happened then, or what was going to happen after, but I can say now, that I am truely greatful that i had made that decision.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Well, think of it this way. If you make a bad choice, and you don't like the end result, you probably won't do it again will you? If you get shocked from sticking a fork in a power outlet, you learn real fast that it's going to hurt. When you do something nice for someone, and in return they do something nice back, you'll learn that doing good gets good in return. Now I think it's human nature to want only good things for yourself, but the fact of the world is, that you have to make things happen. And an easy way to that is by doing good for others. So pay it forward.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Service. Serving my fellow man has helped me understand people better, and show my love toward those I come in contact with. I've learned a lot about myself by doing so, and I've learned a lot about what the lord expects of us. I always try to help those I see, and give of myself. I'm usually pretty good with grunt work, so it's no hassle for me.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
By living the gospel. Now not many people know what gospel means, but it's translation is Good News. By hearing and following the good news, we can live together with our heavenly father again. By following the gospel and keeping our lords commandments, leads us to have better peace and harmony in our homes. The gospel is here to keep and make us happy and better people here on earth.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by doing what I am called. At the moment, I am serving a mission to bring others unto Christ, in the Salt Lake City Central mission. Now, I know what you're thinking, "That's mormon country.", but I can tell you that it's hard work because of it. Everybody who isn't a member already has their opinion of the church, so it's hard to find those who are willing to listen. Other ways I live my faith are through callings in the church. I have been called to be a great many things in the church, but ones I loved where the ones that put me into a position to teach. I love to tell stories and answer questions. I love to get people to think, and what better way than to stand in front of a class room and ask them questions to get those cogs in the head to start rotating. Through the church I have also participated in Scouting and achieved my Eagle scout award with help from my famliy and friends. I arose every morning at around 6 to go over the church for a class we had, called seminary which takes place thoughout the years of highschool. I have participated in many community projects and even helped in a church program called the Mormon Helping Hands. I love to do work, and have done so by helping the community and anybody who has asked me to be there. Everytime I have applied myself to these, My faith has grown through works.