Hi I'm Tod
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.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer has been an essential connection for me to my Heavenly Father. I seek the guidance of heaven whenever the decisions I am making will have long term effects upon myself and my family. Whether it concerns where I should be attending graduate school or who I should be serving at any given time, I rely on prayer and the revelation that comes from God to guide my thoughts and actions. I have been led by the Spirit to assist many family members and friends. I have found great joy in having that contact with God in a day-to-day way.
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.