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Hi I'm Barett Todd

I'm a cyclist, a philanthropic adviser, a father of two smart girls, the husband of a Swiss beauty and an LDS Bishop.

About Me

I am married, I have two daughters. We live in the USA. I love to ride road and mountain bikes. Our family originally comes from California and we love to visit there at least once a year. I graduated college with both a BS and a Masters degree. I currently work for LDS Philanthropies, a department within the Office of the Presiding Bishopric, charged with facilitating gifts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it's affiliated institutions including, Humanitarian Services, Perpetual Education Fund, Brigham Young University Provo, Idaho, Hawaii and LDS Business College. My primary assignment is to ensure that all families who give have a good experience, feel appreciated and have confidence that their donation is being used effectively. In addition, I represent LDS Philanthropies on a multi-departmental committee working on the Church's social media strategy.For LDS Philanthropies I have also been involved with deploying social media to mobilize resources for Church causes, including building a widget to help during the Church response to Haiti, the development of a Humanitarian Services blog and the implementation of social media for LDS Business College and BYU's student giving campaigns.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18 I wanted to know for myself if the LDS Church was what it claimed to be. If you think about it, they make some pretty bold claims that are either absolutely true and wonderful or terribly deceitful. The method by which one can know for himself the truthfulness in any matter is a petition to ones Creator through the wonderful tool of prayer. At the the age of 18 I set myself to study of the Book of Mormon, the faith's additional scripture. I read it from cover to cover and then knelt and asked my Father in Heaven if the things I had read were true. I felt at that time and many times since that indeed what I had read was true and that the things I had been taught through my youth were also correct. When I turned 19 I left my home for Brazil where I was a missionary speaking the Portuguese language. It was a wonderful experience that has forever shaped the course of my life. I spent everyday of the week in search of and caring out service to those around me. It was a lesson not taught very often to young men. After returning from my experience in Brazil I went back to college, got married, am raising a family and doing my best to maintain that same personal relationship with my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I try and live my faith by helping where I can. I currently am the Bishop of an LDS congregation in Utah. In this role I happily give many hours of my time in helping others overcome challenges in life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Barett Todd
No they are not but it is a wonderful opportunity. I served for two years in Brazil. I learned Portuguese after a 2month training course in Provo UT. When I arrived in Brazil I was sent to serve in the atlantic jungle region. It was a great opportunity for a 19 year kid to get out and doing something good in the word. It gave me a real perspective on life. I also spent a great deal of time in Sao Paulo in some of the worst slums in the world. If you are fortunate enough to live in a developing world country count your self blessed. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Barett Todd
You wanna meet one? Take a look at my wife's blog. She writes often about what it means to be a Mormon women. http://makingtodaymemorable.blogspot.com/ Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Barett Todd
Why yes they do. I work in a department within the LDS Church that helps obtain the financial resources to preform this service to others. As such we also have access to much of the impact information. More than 1 billion dollars in funds have been allocated to humanitarian efforts around the world. Rise funds are given regardless of religious affiliation. Additionally the LDS Chuch's higher education system provides education to all who meet the rigorous academic expectations. Show more Show less