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Hi I'm Todd

I am a father of six and a physician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of five sons and one daughter ranging from ages 10 to 24. I received my medical degree through the sponsorship of the United States Air Force, and served as a military anesthesiologist for 15 years before leaving the Air Force and settling in Arizona. During our years in the military we lived in California, Maryland, Texas and Japan, and I was deployed to Iraq and the Philippines. We have had the opportunity to travel throughout the world. I am a sports fanatic and I love watching and playing just about every sport. Our family spends much of our free time boating and wake boarding. I guess my favorite hobby is hanging out with my wife and kids.

Why I am a Mormon

It really is impossible to answer this question in one short paragraph. There are two major reasons why I am a Mormon. First, the doctrines of the Church are so compelling. If you can get through the smokescreen of misinformation and deception that is out there about the Church, you will find a truly expansive religion which is inspiring and ennobling and exalting. There is a profound logic to the doctrines of the Church which fascinates me. The more I learn, and the more I put the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into practice, the more the pieces just seem to fit perfectly together. Because of that, I am intellectually convinced that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, indeed, the same Church the Christ himself organized when he walked the earth - with the same authority and divine direction - and, therefore, the best possible way to know and follow his plan for us. But more important than my intellectual conviction, there is something else. It is something that is very difficult to describe in words. There is something very powerful that resonates within me that is associated with the Church and its teachings and its ordinances. There is this sense that there is no empty space in my soul. As I learn and live the gospel, everything seems to combine to give me a sense of peace and completeness that really is beyond my ability to fully describe. It is a feeling of joy and purpose that is the single most gratifying and motivating force in my life. It is my opinion that this indescribable feeling of peace is a form of communication from God to me that I am where I should be. The combination of the amazing and exalting doctrines of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with this fulfilling sense of peace and well-being is really life-changing. That's why I'm a Mormon .

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a road map for life. I try to live my faith every day by following His example as closely as I can in the way I treat my family, friends and coworkers. Every day is another opportunity to improve and try to be a better person than the day before. The programs and doctrines of the Church encourage me to study and pray regularly, individually and with my family, and help keep me focused on the goal of becoming what God wants me to be. The beauty of the Church is that, since we have no paid clergy, all members have vital roles in making sure that things work the way they are supposed to. I have served in a variety of positions of service and leadership including serving a full-time mission in Guatemala as a young man. Since then I have served in positions ranging from teaching and mentoring youth to administration of an entire congregation. These opportunities to serve have proven to bless my life much more than I have blessed the lives of others. Perhaps the most significant impact on my everyday life has been the way my faith has helped me raise my family. Raising five teenagers would be challenging for the best of parents, and I don't consider myself one of the best. I cannot imagine trying to raise my kids without the Church. While it provides a truly inspired structure to help families, and wonderful programs for the youth, far more important to me is that the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to lead young people to develop their own vibrant, personal, and independent testimonies of its truthfulness. This is the great power of the Church. My kids don't have to believe me when I tell teach them about God and His plan for them. They have developed their own individual understanding and conviction. It has made parenting possible for someone otherwise inadequate to guide his children through such trying and dangerous times. As a parent and as man, this Church makes me better than I could possibly be without it.