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Hi I'm Tim

I am a husband, father, pediatric dentist, wanna-be farmer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father of the two cutest girls in the world, a Dentist currently in a Pediatric Dentistry residency, a public health proponent, a hobby gardner, a future small-scale local farmer on the side, and a budding horseback-riding enthusiast. I grew up in Vancouver, Washington, the third of five boys. I am also concurrently working on a Masters degree in Public Health, increasing my knowledge and awareness of important things going on politically, culturally, and especially on a community level. Healthy communities make healthy individuals. Part of my travels have included a trip to Kenya to promote oral health, and a trip to Uruguay to learn more about sustainable agriculture. I served a 2-year mission in Germany, and appreciate the people I got to know and the experience I had. They have helped shape me into the person I am today. I choose to be a Mormon because it liberates my soul, allowing me a more fully-accessible joy that otherwise could not be attained.

Why I am a Mormon

The full gospel of Jesus Christ, found in the Bible as well as through restorations of truth in modern times, answers all of life's important questions. I know who I am and what my whole potential is as a son of a Heavenly Father, made possible because of what my Savior Jesus Christ did for me.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches principles to live by, helping us become something better. Each day I strive to live these principles, not simply secluded in my bedroom reading a praying day and night, but through my daily interactions with the people around me. The teachings of Jesus Christ are the foundation upon which I build my life, my family, and my goals.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tim
In the words of Gandhi, First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. We are on step three (but also slightly into step four), where people will find whatever means they can to fight, condemn, bully, or misrepresent something they do not want to understand. Any honest seeker of truth will find that we have nothing to hide. We continue to honor many things as sacred, but this is often confused with keeping things a secret. We have no secrets, only respect for ourselves, our families, our beliefs, and our Savior. In the New Testament, there was a skeptical man named Nathanael, who asked if any good thing could come out of Nazareth. The disciple Philip invited him to "Come and see" (John 1:46). We extend that same invitation. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Tim
I just met a man who comes from a very chaotic part of the world. He has been through tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain. Shortly after coming to the United States, he heard about this Mormon.org website and began to find answers to a lot of questions he had about the purpose of this life. As he began meeting with missionaries, he says, "My soul awakened." The answers, many that can only be found in the fully restored gospel of Jesus Christ as found in this church, brought life to this man's soul. We have missionaries, both those that teach the gospel and those who do community service full time, who bring messages and glimpses of hope to many who do not have it, regardless of their background. This church is also one of the world leaders in disaster relief, bringing live-saving items to those who need it most. We concern ourselves with both the spiritual and the physical, and believe the body and spirit combined make up the soul. As we take care of ourselves physically, we can also focus more on ourselves spiritually. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Tim
Originally, Jesus Christ. He told his apostle Peter, "Upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). He laid a foundation of apostles and prophets, continuing to lead His church through revelation even after His ascension. Soon those leaders were killed and died, and the link to church-leading revelation was lost. Many good people did the best they could, but the direct leadership was no longer present (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3). This falling away led to what is called the Great Apostacy. A brief review of religion following Biblical times provides ample evidence of this. Through the modern-day prophet Joseph Smith, the original Church of Jesus Christ was restored, again with apostles and prophets who receive the much-needed revelation and restored truths lost during the apostacy. I thank God every day of my life that I am able to live in a time when we have these truths available. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Tim
Faith is what gives me hope for a better tomorrow. Faith gives me the assurance that Jesus Christ really is my Savior. Faith is what enables me to see someone as they may become, rather than who they are right now. Faith is what gives me confidence that my children have a chance to see a healthy, happy future despite all the problems that occur because of other people's choices, bad luck, and innocent mistakes. Faith keeps me happy and sane. Show more Show less