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Hi I'm Tim

I'm an attorney, an avid traveler, a mentor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a transplant to New York. I'm a single attorney and have worked in teaching and youth mentorship. I spent three years as a missionary and graduate student in South Korea and I love playing golf, going to movies, eating out, and following my favorite sports teams. I hope to work in high-level diplomacy and I love traveling the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I hear this question a lot from people I meet. It's true that I was born in the church and raised in a community with many other church members. But some of my friends who grew up in similar circumstances have subsequently fallen away. The reason that I continue to hold to my Mormon faith and live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is two-fold: I know in my mind and in my heart that Book of Mormon is true and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and I see daily blessings in my life and in the lives of my family that stem directly from the church and its teachings. There is a peace and a surety that comes from my faith that gives me an anchor in life that endures through difficult times. My faith gives me a perspective that allows me to rise above the fog of immediate circumstances that can cloud my judgment and enables me to see the breadth of my life and how the choices I make now will influence it today and in the future.

How I live my faith

First and foremost my faith is a personal thing. The principles of love, service, understanding, forgiveness, and humility are fundamental to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are attributes that I strive every day to demonstrate more fully. I hold firmly to my standards while not judging those whose standards may differ from mine. I reach out to those around me through word, deed, and example. In the church I have served as a Sunday School teacher, a full-time missionary, and a clerk overseeing the local membership and the ward's finances. None of the positions in the church are paid, which has given me a chance to volunteer my time and dedicate my efforts in a spirit of service rather than gain, which strengthens my faith and reaffirms my commitment to the Gospel.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Tim
Baptism is an ordinance that allows us to manifest our commitment to following the Savior. When we are baptized we make a covenant with God to always remember him and keep his commandments. In return, God promises us that we will always have His Holy Spirit to be with us, to guide, direct, and comfort us. Baptism is also symbolic of beginning a new, clean life within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Baptism is done by immersion, meaning that we are fully dipped in the water, just as Christ was when he was baptized by John in the Jordan River. Our sins are symbolically washed away, and we emerge cleansed from our past wrong doings. Through repentance, we can continue to seek and receive forgiveness so that the cleansing power of baptism can be a perpetual part of our lives. Christ himself was baptized despite being sinless, recognizing the importance of ordinances in the gospel. In addition to being a manifestation of commitment, baptism is also a necessary step in fulfilling God's commandments and returning to live with Him. If Christ needed to be baptized despite his sinless nature, it is that much more important for US to be baptized, so that we can follow His example and fulfill this important and necessary part of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Tim
When Christ was on the earth, he established an organization of Church leadership and ordinances. He called 12 disciples to serve as Apostles and gave them priesthood authority to act in His name. They directed the affairs of the church, such as teaching, proselytizing, and administering ordinances. Many people today believe that we no longer need the same organization that Christ established. But the Bible shows us that even after the death, resurrection, and ascension of the Savior, the Apostles continued to operate with the same leadership structure. When an Apostle died, a new one was called to take his place, showing how important it was that the Apostolic position remain filled. We simply believe in the same organization that Christ established, including a quorum of 12 Apostles. We believe that they are given priesthood authority to act in God's name, to direct the affairs of the church and receive revelation from the Savior for the benefit of man. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Tim
One of the most common (and most painful) misunderstandings about Mormon people is that they are not Christians. Though the church is commonly referred to as "The Mormon Church," its full name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." Even the Book of Mormon is subtitled "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." We believe to our very core that the church itself is founded upon Jesus Christ and His teachings, and that every church member's individual faith is rooted firmly in a belief in the Life, Divinity, Sacrifice, and Resurrection of the Savior. We believe in the Christ of the New Testament, the same Christ that was born of Mary, that fed the 5,000, that raised Lazarus from the dead and was crucified in Jerusalem. We believe that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior, that he is the Only Begotten Son of the Father, that he lived, that he died for our sins, and that he was resurrected with the promise of eternal life and exaltation for all those who would receive Him and believe on His name. We treasure His teachings. We profess that He lived a sinless life and believe that through faith in Him and through accepting His sacrifice, we too can be cleansed from our sins and receive forgiveness. If you attend a Mormon church meeting, you will hear sermons focused upon Christ and His gospel. You will hear people share their faith in Him. You will hear church members praying in His name. You will see pictures of Him on the walls and read lessons about Him from the scriptures. Church members also strive to embody the characteristics that Christ exemplified. We try to demonstrate love, charity, service, sacrifice, humility, faith, and understanding. In short, everything about our faith and the way that we show that faith in our daily lives stems from Jesus Christ. For members of the Mormon church, to be called un-Christian is to be denied that central facet of our belief. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tim
Many people mistakenly think that Mormons believe the Book of Mormon INSTEAD of the Bible. Some who know little about the church even call the Book of Mormon "The Mormon Bible" with the erroneous belief that it replaces the Old and New Testaments. Joseph Smith taught very clearly that "we believe the Bible to be the word of God." We believe in both the Old and the New Testaments. We believe that the Bible teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and is inspired scripture. We treasure the Gospels particularly because of their accounts of the personal ministry of Jesus Christ. Yes, we also have the Book of Mormon and believe it to be inspired scripture just as the Bible is. But in no way do we discount or devalue the worth of the Bible in bringing us closer to our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon confirms the teachings of the Bible; it does not contradict them. We study the two books of scripture TOGETHER to better and more fully understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less