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Hi I'm Todd

I'm a nurse, , a student, a soldier, a father, and a husband... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a nurse in the US Army for 5 years and currently am attending school to obtain a Doctorate of Nursing in Anesthesia. My wife and I have six wonderful children - one with Prader-Willi Syndrome, and another with Pulmonary Hypertension. I love to spend time in the outdoors, especially with my wife and children when I can get them to come along. I also love playing sports and occasionally spend time with hobbies of woodworking and fly fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon, to me, is much more than just going to church every Sunday - it is a way of life. It is about trying to understand and live the life God wants me to live. I was blessed to have parents who taught me good principles and morals so that living His gospel is much easier. I can't imagine living my life without the perfect knowlege and understanding of who I am, where I came from, and where am I going. It is this knowlege that pushes me to try to be a better person each day. Being in the Biological Science and Healthcare industries along with being a Mormon has allowed me to realize how marvelous and how completely amazing the Human Body is. Each day, I more deeply realize how there is no way it all could have happened by chance. I feel I am deeply religious, conservative, and a strong advocate for science. To me, science is the study of the how God works. He has blessed us with so much knowledge, but wants us to learn more - "Line upon line, precept upon precept; Here a little and there a little..." This perspective has given me much peace with our youngest son who was born very premature (24.5 weeks gestation and he weighed 2.0 lbs. at birth). He was blessed to survive and thrive his nearly 4 months in the NICU and came away nearly unscathed (hearing loss being the only known issue. However, at age 4, he was found to have pulmonary hypertension (which studies suggest 3-5 yr life expectancy after diagnosis.) Every day we have with him has been a gift.

How I live my faith

I have tried to incorporate in my life the wise proverb, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime." Not only do I try to raise six children with good morals and the feeling of responsibility ingrained enough to become good, productive citizens, I also help to teach the youth in our local church similar things every sunday. I love to teach and often find myself with many opportunities to teach those less fortunate how to become more self-reliant, whether members of our faith or not.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Todd
 They will talk about some of the most basic and simple truths of the gospel - all which help us to understand where we came from, why are we here, and where are we going. They will explain how the Book of Mormon testifies of the truth of the Bible. Most importantly they will explain how a family can live together, forever. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Todd
I think what some forget is that the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints regarding homosexuality is not any different than its policy toward any sexual sin. Sexual sin as defined by God is any sexual behavior, whether it be same-sex or opposite sex, outside of the bonds of marriage (between a man and a woman), it is a sin. Premarital sex and adultery hold the same weight of sexual sin as does one who acts on homosexual tendencies - for it is really just a subclass of premarital sex or adultery. It is also important to remember that it is not the feeling of love toward another person (whether of the same sex or not) that is sinful. We all have some genetic predispositions and social influences that can tempt us toward sin. But, rather it is the acting out on those feelings that are sinful. Some have awful predispositions toward sexual sin with children. But having a tendency, or a predisposition does not make it right in the sight of God. Rather, they are weaknesses and challenges to overcome. We all have weaknesses and challenges of varying types and degrees. Some with drugs and alcohol, others with violence and killing, yet others with dishonesty and theft. No one is justified in sin even if man creates laws that say there is no harm (such as adultery or premarital sex). Man's laws can never negate God's Laws. Show more Show less