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Hi I'm Tim

I grew up in San Diego and love going to the beach and being active. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'd consider myself a pretty average guy. I'm finishing up college and frantically trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I try to stay pretty well-rounded, I find I'm most happy when I have many different outlets. I love watching baseball go Padres! and college sports, as well as playing tennis and basketball. I'd like to say I read a lot of books but quite frankly I prefer being out and about though I have read most of the Dan Brown books.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the LDS faith and it has always been a pretty big part of my life. When I was younger I wouldn't talk much about it because I was afraid it might not be considered "cool", but I continued to actively attend church and activities each week. As I matured I really began to understand how important the Gospel of Jesus Christ really was in my life. My best friend growing up was also LDS, but besides him my social life revolved around people not of my faith. I don't believe any of my high school friends really practiced any religion and I never spoke much about it because I didn't feel they could relate or be interested. Growing up I have been able to see the dramatic difference the Gospel has played in my life as I have seen some of the struggles of my friends and peers in the community. I seem to be at peace and full of joy despite the constant chaos and struggles I witness around me. I've had my moments of stress and tribulation, but my faith and hope keep me anchored down. When I pray, I feel near to my Heavenly Father. When I read the scriptures I feel rejuvenated in the sense that my priorities in life become re focused into an eternal perspective. As I follow the Savior's example by loving others I am able to feel his love for me. How grateful I am for Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

I think it's utterly important to be active in church meetings and activities so that we continually learn and go forth to serve others. I attend church every Sunday to both worship and fellowship others attending. I enjoy meeting new people and being involved when called upon. Many times I have been asked to perform acts of service or merely to visit with someone who is struggling. These are the moments when we can truly prove our discipleship with Christ. I've had various volunteer opportunities at church, and currently I have been assigned to teach Sunday School which i truly enjoy. I'm by no means a professionally trained teacher or scholar, so it can be a little intimidating. But it is always so rewarding and people usually thank me after wards. I try to read my scriptures daily, though I often get too busy or forget. But when I do, it's such a blessing throughout the day as I seem to cope better with life and things go better for me.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Tim
Authority to baptize is essential or it wouldn't be considered a valid baptism. It's not just a matter of believing or knowing a lot about the bible either. The scriptures state many times that the authority referred to as Priesthood to perform ordinances such as baptism must be received by the laying on of hands by those who have authority. Christ placed his hands on the heads of the apostles and gave them this authority and sent them out to baptize all the nations. The apostles also gave this authority to several other disciples for the purpose of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and baptizing them into the church. The apostles were killed and the church ultimately fell into darkness for centuries, with the Priesthood authority being lost from the earth. We believe this authority was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith in 1829, he himself having hands placed on his head by heavenly messengers. Example to further illustrate: Only a certified police officer is able to issue traffic tickets. If I, not a police officer, educated myself in the law and even bought a police officer uniform and began issuing traffic tickets, they would not be valid. Why? Because I'm not a certified police officer. Just having the knowledge, or even the uniform is not merely sufficient. The state must grant me the authority to issue traffic tickets. Such is the case with baptism! Not just any biblical scholar can baptize, only someone who has received the Holy Priesthood by the laying on of hands from someone with authority. Show more Show less