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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a computer science major with a love for photography, poetry and philosophy. I am Canadian, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student working towards a diploma in Computer Science, with a specialty in web development. I've lived all across Canada including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and now British Columbia. I love the big cities, but even more I love having a small town that you know everybody in! I have a few good friends, and I'm always looking for more!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Ever since I remember, I was in the scouting program and the young men's program from the church. I grew up learning about duties and responsibilities, and I was eager to learn about my responsibility to God. Young men aged 19 are strongly encouraged to go on missions, and I knew that it was something I wanted for myself. I wasn't ready right out of high school; my family had moved, and I wanted to make enough money to pay for the mission myself (all missions are self funded). It took two years to save up, and I was finally able to go. It was then that I realized how strongly my past had influenced me. It was after meeting many people, and teaching them what I had learned as a child that I knew that what the church taught was true. I had lived it, and I saw the things that I had been taught had made me happier than I had ever realized. I truly began to love others more, and I became more excited to share with them the things that had gave me so much peace and security in my own life. I knew that what I was taught as a child was right. I am still searching for answers, but I know where I can find them. Every time that I have had difficulty in my life I have turned to the Lord, and I am stronger in my faith in Him than ever. I know that Christ lives! His hand is in my daily life and I have felt His influence in it.

How I live my faith

I co-ordinate a large part of the online website for a 'stake' -- a regional area -- in British Columbia. I help schedule events and organize calendars. I'm also a member of a young adult 'branch' -- a congregation of church members --and I enjoy helping everyone there with the activities and events we often have. Most of the time I enjoy talking to others about what I believe, and why. I believe that everyone can eventually understand each other and that is the beginning of Christ-like love or Charity. I always try to understand other people first, so that I can relate to them. I love talking!

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Tim
The church wants everyone in the world to have the opportunity and blessing of going into a temple dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing secret about what happens in the temple. Let me try an example. If you were getting married you would want everyone to know about it, because it's the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling relationship with someone else. However, how would you feel if that relationship were exposed in all of it's smallest details so that anybody who cared could see it? That would be demeaning of your relationship with that person. Our relationship to God is sacred. He is our Eternal Father, and in the Temple we make sacred promises to Him about our relationship to Him and to our families. Many people are not ready to make these promises. Very similarly to marriage, there are commitments involved in our relationship with God and some are conditional on our readiness to perform them. A man who enjoys the bachelor's life must be willing to give it up if he wants to be married. So 1 Not everyone is ready to make the commitments to God, that's why not all Mormons go to the temple. 2 The things that happen in the temple are a part of a sacred relationship with God, and so they are not publicly discoursed upon. 3 Everyone should attend a temple dedication open house. You will get a tour of all the facilities and a detailed description of what each room is used for. All involve our families and relationship with God. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Tim
My relationship with my family really represents who I am as an individual. If I were to be in a bad standing with my family, I would feel terrible no matter what was happening around me. The Savior taught that the greatest thing you can do for another person, the greatest showing of love is the sacrifice of your own life. That doesn't necessarily mean to die for them, but to do everything in life in order to help others especially your family have happiness. I consider my family to be worth that kind of sacrifice. My family has been the greatest source of joy in my life. They taught me what makes life joyful and worthwhile. They taught me how to love and how to work which I'm still learning. It truly must be the center of God's plan, because there is nothing that compares to having a family. Eventually everything else will move on but my family will always be a part of me, even when they die. Show more Show less