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Hi I'm Tod

I'm a digital collections librarian, genealogy fiend and civic hacker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native Utahan and became Mormon when I was 8-years-old. I served a mission for the Church in Calgary, Alberta, and graduated with a master of library and information science degree and recently began work as a digital collections librarian for a creative agency. My wife and I are the parents of one wonderful little girl and a soon-to-be-born baby boy. I love my family, my community, and my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of the Church are the most complete explanation of who I am, where I came from, and what my potential is when based upon a life of service and love in the likeness of Jesus Christ. I love the sense of community the Church gives to my life, in a world where it becomes more and more difficult to even know your neighbor's name. My membership in the Church encourages me to love my neighbors, my community, and seek personal improvement. Though the members in the Church struggle to follow God's commandments, including myself, I see the mission and purpose of the Church to be so full of goodness and insight for so many human and societal plights.

How I live my faith

I have been our congregation's employment specialist for the last year, and have found great happiness in assisting other members find jobs and receive career training to help them take care of their families and themselves. I live my faith by serving the poor in our community. I have organized efforts to support community gardens, established a bicycle cooperative, and have led food drives for needy families all in the interest of a godly society and self-sufficiency. I believe love to be at the heart of all good principles and that love guides my actions with my family, neighbors, and community, in and out of the Church.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Tod
Mormonism refers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church, and its members and organizations. Mormonism encompasses the totality of the principles found in the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the teachings of living prophets from Joseph Smith to the present. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Tod
We believe that families can be "sealed" together for eternity. We believe that the same familial relationships and friendships we have in this life will continue forever in the heavens, following our death and resurrection. I am assured by the hope and peace I feel in understanding we can all live in God's presence through our efforts. In God's presence we can continue to follow his righteousness and become more like him. Show more Show less