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Hi I'm Tim

I have lived on both east and west coasts. I'm a convert and have been a Mormon for 30 years.

About Me

I've been married for almost 27 years. We have 5 kids and 4 grandchildren. By profession I'm a funeral director, and I'm also a professional church organist. I was born in California and raised in Massachusetts, and I've lived in Arizona, Utah and Ohio.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church because I chose to read the Book of Mormon and believed it to be the Word of God. This remarkable book has been with us since 1830. I know that it tells us of Jesus Christ and is divine proof that God still speaks to us today. In addition, I am a Mormon because the Church is divinely directed by God through prophets and apostles, just as the ancient church was. I know the Church is true, and I know that God loves us and has a plan for our lives. We just need to listen to that still, small voice and be willing to follow God.

How I live my faith

I've had many callings in our church. Most recently, I was the first counselor to the bishop. This would translate to assistant pastor in other denominations. This is done on an unpaid, volunteer basis. I've also served as the church organist, teacher in Sunday School and other classes, pianist for our children's organization (the Primary) and leader in men's groups. I visit four families in our congregration each month and take a spiritual message, making sure that they are all OK and things are going well.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women don't hold the priesthood because the Lord hasn't told us to do that. Women do lead in three different organizations, however. We have the Relief Society, which is for all adult women in the Church, Young Women for teeen-age girls, and the Primary for all the children under 12. In each of these, women preside, act as officers and teachers, and conduct services for those just listed. My wife has been the president of the Relief Society in our congregation. She's the most important leader in the church after the Bishop (pastor). She administers a far-reaching program of compassionate service, church welfare to those in need, plans and conducts a weekly instructional meeting, oversees a complex system of women who visit other women each month with a spiritual message, and generally has a lot to do. Each of the 26,000 wards in the Church has someone in this position. My wife is a remarkable woman, and does all of this without the priesthood. I, however, need the priesthood because I'm not a woman, and would fail miserably without it. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Church is the building in the middle of town where we go on Sunday. There we take the Sacrament (communion), go to Sunday School and other classes, have Boy Scouts and other social activities. Everyone is welcome to come into a church. The Temples are few and far between (only 135 in the world at present). We believe them to be the House of the Lord. In the Temples, certain sacred ceremonies are performed such as marriages for eternity and baptisms for those who have died. To enter the Temple, one needs to be a member of the Church in good standing and have a recommendation from their church leader. This ensures that only those who are living a clean and moral life are entering into a holy place, the House of the Lord. The Church makes available photos of the inside for those who are merely curious. Once inside, participants change their street clothing into all white clothing to represent the sanctity of what they are doing. Rather than social activities, the experience is much more personal, and focuses on the individual and his or her relationship with the Lord. Everyone is also welcome to the Temple, and the Church makes a great effort to see that as many as possible get a recommend to go. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to live the way they should to get there. Worshipping in the Temple is the highest form of spirituality that we can achieve and the apex of our experience. Show more Show less