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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up and live in Wisconsin. I am a police officer, a husband, and a father. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised a catholic, and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 21 years old. I served a 2 year mission to Germany and married my wife shortly after my return. I have 5 children and work as a police officer in a medium-sized town. I enjoy reading and hanging out with family and friends. Each year I count down the days the local ski hill opens, and enjoy spending my free time skiing.

Why I am a Mormon

I became friends with a Mormon family in my home town when I was younger. After two years of friendship, I decided to learn a bit more by meeting with the missionaries. I was impressed by what I learned about God's plan for families. I had lost my father when I was a teenager, and the prospect understanding better where he was, and continuing my relationship with him after this life was a powerful motivator to continue investigating the Church. As I learned more, I began to make changes in my life that brought me more happiness. I felt compelled to make difficult decisions - decisions that would upset my family, at least for a bit. I was baptized in December of 1992 and left for the Germany Dresden Mission in March of 1994, returning in March of 1996. I met my wife and we were married a short time later. She is also a convert, and as we were married in the Manti UtahTemple, none of our family members could be present. This was a difficult time, but we believed that God's plan for creating eternal families included being married in the temple by the proper authority.

How I live my faith

It has been my privilege to serve in several different Church callings over the years. I find that increased service in the Church strengthens my testimony, i.e. solidifies my spiritual conviction that what I believe is true. Most recently, I have been associated a bit with the missionary work in our area. This has included meeting and teaching new members of the Church, or those that are interested in learning more. My understanding of Jesus Christ's foundational teachings is strengthened as I prepare lessons and facilitate discussions. I try to live my faith by spending time each day praying and reading from the scriptures alone and with my family. I look for ways to apply the teachings I learn each day. Some days are easier than others, but I see incremental progress being made, and that makes me want to work harder to become the person God wants me to be. Everyone at my work knows I am a Mormon, and I am aware of many of my co-workers monitoring their own behavior around me. I appreciate their efforts. A couple of them have approached me and asked me more about my faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormons take seriously the charge given by the Savior to "teach all nations" Matt.28:19-20. Shortly after my own baptism, I felt the desire to share with others the happiness that I had found. Indeed, some of the best experiences I have had as a member of the Church have some in the form of sharing my beliefs with others. This started during the years I spent as a missionary in Germany, and it continues today. Show more Show less