Hi I'm T J
I am an educational researcher and a Mormon. I love my family, my religion, and my job.
I'm a doctoral candidate in Education research and hold other degrees in Ecology and Microbiology. I have a beautiful and brilliant wife and 4 energetic children. Being a father and husband is the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life, even though I'm no expert and make constant mistakes. I love spending time in the kitchen making delicious food with my wife. I also enjoy music of all sorts, especially acoustics. I play the organ, cello, and piano and consider myself an average singer. I recently became the chair of my precinct in the Utah Democratic Party.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I have lived the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the past 30 years and have found only joy and satisfaction. While I have, like every other person, experienced much trial and difficulty, the blessings that have come into my life because of my membership in the Mormon Church are truly too many to count. I continue to be active in my faith because I have prayed and asked God if this is His Church. I have felt very powerfully in my mind and in my heart, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that this is indeed the true and living Church of Jesus Christ. I know that the president of this church is a prophet of God and that Christ stands at the head. I have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible many times over and each time have been more and more convinced of their truthfulness. I also know without doubt or wavering that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He did in fact see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They spoke to him and, through time, directed him in restoring Their Gospel and Their Church again to the earth. Perhaps most importantly, I am a Mormon because I know that only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is found the power and authority to bind families together forever. I was married (sealed) to my wife in a temple of God by His sealing power and nothing is more sacred or important to me than the knowledge that I will be with her and my children for eternity, if I continue to do what is right in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How I live my faith
While I am very active in attending church meetings and functions, I live my faith most fully in my own home with my family. Every day my wife and I pray and study the scriptures together. We also pray and read the scriptures with our young children. Every Monday evening we have a family night where we teach each other about Christ and the doctrines of His Gospel. We also enjoy games and treats together. I spend time each day praying and reading the scriptures on my own as well. I also seek out opportunities to serve people around me and try to teach my children to do the same. In our congregation I serve as a member of the Elders Quorum Presidency. The Elders Quorum consists of the men in our congregation who are between the ages of 21-40. I strive to lift the members of my quorum through teaching, counseling, and good old-fashioned service. I also visit 3 families each month to teach them about Jesus Christ and make sure their temporal needs are met, including cleaning and yard work or simply spending time in thoughtful conversation.