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Hi I'm Todd Garner

I'm a workaholic CPA/MBA who does marathons and triathlons so I can eat what I want, and I'm very proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am a career driven CPA/MBA who loves my job and loves to excel at work. My wife of 20 years and I have 4 terrific kids between the ages of 12 and 18. We love to travel and do big family vacations - it's the thing we do best as parents. I love my family and I'm extremely proud of them. We've lived in multiple parts of America, including the West, the South, the Northeast, and the Southeast. We've loved everywhere we've lived and appreciated the different influences from each part of the country. My wife and I have also spent years living in Europe, and we're big Europe fans and love to visit as often as possible. I grew up a cross-country runner and I still run at lunch every day that I don't have meetings. I always need a marathon or a triathlon on the calendar to keep me motivated and off the couch. I really like food, and I use it too much for recreation, so I run and bike lots of miles to avoid having to buy bigger sized pants.

Why I am a Mormon

My first ancestor who joined the mormons in the 1830s in England was a successful professional boxer. He had enough money to be one of the first to sail to America and join the emerging church. I come from generations of mormons and wonderful examples of faith and sacrifice, and I'm grateful for all they did so that I can have the blessings I have today. But that's not why I'm a mormon today. I'm a mormon today because when I was 18 I knew I was going to be expected to serve a 2-year mission for the church. Being the youngest of 9 kids and 7 brothers, I had learned not to bother people that didn't want to be bothered. I knew that if I were going to spend 2 years being a missionary, I needed to know for myself if it were true or not. I put the challenge to the test - I read the Book of Mormon with the intent of finding out if it were true or not. I prayed sincerely and was diligent over months to find out the truth. I received a witness that I will never deny that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church restored on the earth today. I'm certain of it, and I'm proud of it. This church is such a wonderful and powerful force for good in the world and in my personal life. This church rocks!

How I live my faith

I try my very best to live the commandments of God and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost in all aspects of my life. I pray multiple times a day for God's guidance and assistance with the challenges of daily life. I read the scriptures daily to look for answers God has for me personally and for my family. I serve in the church in whatever role they request of me at the time, and I attend worship services to benefit myself and help others that choose to attend. I try to be available to serve people who need help, and I try to be an uplifting force to those around me and stand for righteousness and truth.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Todd Garner
The Book of Mormon is either what it says it is a compilation of ancient writings from inspired witnesses of Christ or it is a fraud, created from an uneducated farm-hand in the 1820s. It is one of those 2 things, nothing in the middle. The book itself contains a promise to all who read it that they can learn for themselves, between them and God, through the Holy Ghost, if the book is true or not. I have personally put that promise to the test and know that the book is what it says it is. I completely agree with words from a man I respect greatly who said a wicked man could not have written it, and a good man would not have. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Todd Garner
I'm always shocked that the rest of the christian world doesn't follow the same model we do. I can't find any example in the Bible of paid, educated, self-assessed professional clergy that is condoned of God. In fact, every such example is shown as a deviation from the true path of Christ. Christ calls the people he wants to lead his congregations, and they serve without pay and support themselves through their own efforts. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Todd Garner
No. Throughout history, God has at times issued limitations on who could perform certain ordinances. Whether it was who could touch the Arc of the Covenant, or who could perform ordinances in the temple or who the apostles could teach. From the first days of the mormon church, all races have been accepted and have participated side by side. When most of America was segregated, the mormon church has never been segregated. There was some limitations on who could perform priesthood ordinances at one time, but all those limitations based on race have been lifted. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Todd Garner
Since man has been on the earth, God has had prophets who were His mouthpiece on earth. The prophets preach what God instructs, and the Holy Ghost then confirms to the individual listener that the teachings are true. My testimony comes from my individual search and confirmation that the scriptures and prophetic teachings truly are God's word and will for me in my life. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Todd Garner
Being a member of the church is like having the cheat sheet to happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides a fair advantage in navigating the challenges of mortal life. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Todd Garner
The best example I know of is the story in Acts 18 and 19. Paul comes across 12 men who are sincere believers, who have been taught by a sincere, educated, faithful teacher - but who was lacking the fullness of the gospel and the proper authority. Paul baptises these men who had just recently been baptised, because the ordinance had not been performed with the proper authority. Their hearts and actions were all in the right place, but the authority was missing. We know that Christ's church is one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5). Certainly having order in the church makes all the sense in the world, we've seen what chaos comes from loose interpretations. But I can't tell you why God who looketh on the heart insists that physical baptism be performed by one with express authority - but it is clear from the scriptures and prophetic teachings that He does require exactly that. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Todd Garner
Absolutely YES! And nothing offends me more than people suggesting we're not. Jesus Christ is the only way back to live with God. He is my personal Savior and the Savior of the world. I benefit daily from His eternal and infinite sacrifice, and would be lost without Him. I love Him. He is the Son of God. He lives today and is the head of this church. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Todd Garner
All Christians and Jews have polygamy in their past. Throughout history, there have been periods of time when God either required, allowed, or condemned polygamy. Our Father who never changes certainly has had different rules to live by at different times and circumstances. In the very early days of the restored church, polygamy was required and condoned for a small percentage of righteous men who had the ability to care for multiple wives and children. I had some ancestors who were asked to participate. It was difficult for them but they did their best to obey the commandments at the time. In the late 1800s the circumstances in the church and the country changed and polygamy was eliminated, under the direction of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less