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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a middle school teacher from California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California then moved to Southern California when I started my teaching career. I am a medieval history enthusiast. I enjoy sports, being with my family, playing with my boys, and frequenting musical theater.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was fourteen, I was at a church meeting for youth. While listening to others share their love for the Savior, I realized for the first time how much I longed for my own connection to Him. I joined a choir and felt the warmth and peace the Spirit brings to us. One day I realized that I wasn't convinced of all that I'd been taught as a youth. I found a secluded place and prayed more desperately than I ever had, asking if Joseph Smith was a prophet that had spoken for my Savior. The feelings that followed were intense and sublime. Similar precious experiences since then have given me the strength and confidence to live by divine principles. So I guess I live my faith because it feels right. It gives me joy!

How I live my faith

I’ve found that Christ’s command to help our neighbors was designed to make us happy and I try to say “yes” as often as service opportunities arise either at church, at the school where I teach, or in the community. Including sacrificing for my family, I have personally found more satisfaction in this pursuit than in any other aspect of life.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Tim
Jesus Christ is a separate and distinct being from God the Father. They are one in will and purpose. Jesus created the Earth under direction from the Father. Jesus is Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament. Jesus is the mortal Messiah, was born literally as the Only Begotten Son of God the Father. As the Lamb of God, Jesus suffered in Gethsemane and on Calvary so that all mankind can attain eternal life. Jesus rose from the dead and established his priesthood and church in the meridian of time. Before ascending to heaven, He also visited His disciples in the western hemisphere, teaching them His gospel and establishing His church there. This marvelous account is recorded in the Book of Mormon. You can read about it in the Third Book of Nephi, starting in Chapter 11. Jesus re-established His church in the modern day through visions and revelations to Joseph Smith, commencing in 1820. Jesus will return again to the earth. When we die, we will all stand before Jesus as He is our perfect judge and advocate with the Father. Those of us who desire it can live with both Jesus Christ and God the Father for eternity. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Tim
Service in the church is one way in which we live our faith. If enough people help out, there really is no need to pay a pastor or minister. Our local leaders serve for a temporary period as worship and activity organizers. The local bishop makes assignments related to who will give sermons during Sunday meetings, who will teach Sunday School, who will teach the little children, who will provide wholesome activities for our youth, etc. For instance, over the years, I have served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Scout Master, a secretary for a local group of men called a quorum, and various other capacities. My wife and I recently gave the Sunday sermons. While we are not paid for these efforts, we feel very much that they benefit us spiritually. This format also allows our precious tithes to go to maintaining our churches, temples, and to support our missionary and geneological efforts throughout the world. Show more Show less