Hi I'm Tim
I am a Husband and a Father. I enjoy running and have competed in several marathons. I have set a goal of running 50 marathons, one in each state. It requires a lot of training and commitment. I also enjoy teaching Karate to the neighborhood children. I earned my black belt as a young man and have taught hundreds of students over the last 35 years. Several of them earning their black belts from me. What makes this unusual is the fact I only have one leg. About 30 years ago I was in a terrible accident while riding my motorcycle and spent a year in the hospital. It was touch and go at first and my recovery did not look very positive. I had Elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints give me many Priesthood blessings of healing and comfort. When I was released from the hospital I was still in a wheel chair and was unable to walk. It was unclear if feeling would return to my legs or not. After several months of home care I made huge strides toward recovery and was fitted with an artificial leg. I have never used my amputation as an excuse not to do something. I know with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a good positive attitude anyone can accomplish anything they set their mind on.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I grew up a Southern Baptist. I went to my church every Sunday and read my Bible every day. I would often have questions regarding spiritual matters and it seemed I could never get them fully answered. I had question such as, "If a family member dies will I know them in Heaven and will they be my family still?". "What happens to little children or people ignorant of Jesus' teachings when they die? Are they sent to Hell or is there hope for them?". I had talked to my Pastor but I was told those questions were not for us to know. While reading my Bible one night I came upon a passage in the book of James. It said, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5. So I decided to pray to God for the answers. I professed my ignorance to God and asked him to show me the answer to the many questions I had. I then put my Bible on the shelf and made a commitment not to read anymore until my prayer had been answered. The very next day my boss and very good friend asked me over for dinner at his house after work. I came over and was sitting on the couch while he and his wife were in the kitchen finishing the last preparations for dinner when I looked down and there on the table was a Book of Mormon. I had never seen one of these before so I picked it up and began to look through it. I read that a modern day American Prophet by the name of Joseph Smith had seen Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ with his own eyes and had talked to them and received instructions from them. Among the things he was told was where to find plates made of gold with the history of an ancient people on them. I was amazed at what I was reading. My friend came to fetch me for dinner and I asked him to tell me more of the fascinating book but instead he offered the book to me and told me to go home and read it for myself. It changed my life.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
We have always encouraged our children to watch only wholesome TV shows and movies along with music that does not contain offensive language or immoral subject matter. We would not allow movies with an 'R' rating in our home. I always tried to be the best example I could be to my family. I never used alcohol or cigarettes and always maintained a healthy lifestyle. One time I found a ladies purse while we were on vacation. The purse was opened and we could see hundreds if not thousands of dollars in it. I used this as a teaching opportunity and immediately took the purse along with my family to the security station and turned the purse in so my children could get a sense of what an honest person should do. The owner of the purse arrived about 15 minutes later. We were still there filling out a report when she came in to see if anyone had turned in the purse. She was so happy when she found out that we had turned in the purse with all the money still in it she began to cry. She told us that she had saved all year for her family to go on vacation and was just sick to her stomach when she realized she had forgotten it at a ride. She thanked all of us over and over for being so honest and it made a deep impression upon all of the children. When it comes to my wife I have never given her any reason to be jealous. I have never looked at pornography and will not allow it in my home. I treat her with respect and always make sure that our children do the same. Our home is a fun and open place where everyone feels relaxed and comfortable. We have many paintings on our walls depicting the Savior Jesus Christ and his teachings. I love my family and consider them the most important part of my life.
How I live my faith
Every since becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints I have tried to attend my Sunday Church meetings every week. There have of course been times in my life when I was too injured to be at Church but instead had fellow members visit me in the hospital or at home. My Wife and I read our scriptures and say our family prayers and personal prayers everyday. When our children were younger and still lived at home we would have regular scripture study with them. Along with Sunday worship my family also meets together on Monday nights to share spiritual teachings and stories. I visit my neighbors at least once a month and try to give service when possible to the needy. Mormons are a Temple building people and my Wife and I try to attend the Temple 1 or 2 times a month. I try to dress in a modest fashion and make sure I do not use offensive language. I abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and do not use tobacco in any form. I always do my best to be an example to my family and neighbors of how a good Christian should conduct themselves.