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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in Colorado Springs. I'm married and I hope to be a professional author. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying American and English Literature. I'm learning to play the guitar and love listening to my wife play piano. I was involved in scouting as a kid and earned my Eagle Scout award. At college I also became involved with the Air Force ROTC where I competed on the armed Drill Team. Besides spending time with my wife my favorite thing to do is write & read (hard to separate the two -- like french fries and ketchup).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. I went to Church every Sunday with my family. However, when I got to be teenager it wasn't enough to just go because my family went. I felt a deep desire and need to know for myself if what the Church taught was true -- especially regarding the Prophet Joseph Smith. I distinctly remember asking myself if it was possible that he'd seen Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ like I'd been taught. About the same time these questions were forming in my mind I began reading the Book of Mormon on my own. This was essential because the Book of Mormon is unique to the LDS Church -- if this book wasn't true, then I couldn't see the rest of it being true. While I didn't understand that clearly when I read the Book of Mormon at that time, I came to understand that when I prayed about the doctrines of the LDS Church which the Book of Mormon taught. What I learned through the Book of Mormon was that Jesus Christ was the central focus of everything the Church taught. And when I prayed about Jesus Christ, to know if what I'd learned was true, I had an intense feeling of joy fill my heart and I knew that what I'd learned in the Book of Mormon was true. To this day that singular experience has been the foundational reason for my belief in and participation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as a teacher in the Church. My wife and I have the opportunity to teach Sunday School for 12 and 13 year olds. I also have the opportunity to teach adult men every second Sunday of the month. I love love love teaching because it gives me an opportunity to prepare lessons and then share what I've learned with others.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Todd
Mormons believe that grace is absolutely essential to salvation. Like other Christians we believe that because of the Fall of Adam, humans mess up. And because we mess up, God's justice prevents us from having His presence with us. However, God is not only committed to letting us learn through the consequences of our actions, He's also committed to helping us learn from our mistakes and become better people. As we come to recognize that we need God's forgiveness because our disobedience offends Him, we are ready to be reconciled to Him -- to make-up and be friends again. To do this God provides the covenants of baptism and confirmation which allow us to access the grace of God. Baptism and confirmation are how we come unto Christ, and by coming unto Him the fullness of His grace enters our lives. This isn't to say that grace is somehow inactive before baptism and confirmation, only that baptism and confirmation are how we take full advantage of the free gift of grace which God offers to us. We have to officially accept the gift, and baptism and confirmation is how we do that. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Todd
The Book of Mormon was written by multiple ancient American prophets -- or inspired men who lived in the Americas anciently. It's called the Book of Mormon because the second to last prophet whose name was Mormon compiled the records of previous prophets and abridged them into one larger record. While Joseph Smith was integral in translating the Book of Mormon, he did NOT write the Book of Mormon. It would've been impossible for him to do so. Just remember that like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is the result of generations of faithful record keeping, and no one person can be said to have authored it, though Mormon did a great work in compiling the disparate records. Show more Show less