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Hi I'm Tim

I waterski, cycle, play and coach Volleyball, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a father of 4 children, I stay pretty busy running around to dance recitals, band concerts, coaching volleyball and scouting. I'm happiest when I'm busy, happier still when engaged in a good cause.

Why I am a Mormon

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, I find that working with others in a common cause I can do much more good in the world that I could on my own. Whether it's helping young men pass off scouting requirements on their way to Eagle, or teaching the Gospel and helping others come to the Savior and find peace and happiness in their lives, when we work together and help each other, we are truly following the Saviors example and admonition to "love they neighbor as thyself".

How I live my faith

Living your faith is all about action. I love the quote "Pray like it all depends on the Lord, then act like it all depends on you." That is how I live my faith: by doing. When disaster strikes, people are in need, or you notice something needs to be done, whether around the world or in your community, do you wait for someone else to take up the banner of relief, or do you rally others and lead the charge? God needs both, leaders and followers, and we all take turns in both roles, but too many in today's world do neither. Faith is a principle of action.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Tim
Excellent question. In Isaiah chapter 54 verse 2 we read: "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes". In this verse, the Lord is comparing his church to a large tent. Imagine a large pole holding the center, and this pole supported by ropes held fast to the ground by stakes. So too is the Lord's church organized. A stake is a regional unit that is comprised of several wards and branches (congregations). Each ward has around to 300 to 500 members who all know, love and serve one another. Each stake is an organization of around 8 to 13 wards. In this way the Lord can administer to the needs of the one, in a ward, but simultaneously administer to the needs of the many, in a stake, ensuring all are nurished in the good word of Christ. And as we strengthen each member, then the wards are strengthed, and in turn the stakes, and ultimately the Lord's church, which is a shelter from the storms of the world. Show more Show less