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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a father of 5 daughters. My wife and children are my life. I love Colorado and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with loving parents and an autistic brother who have greatly influenced my life. I've been married 18 years to a wife I have grown to love more and more each year for her dedication to our family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a proud father of 5 daughters who show love and kindness to each other. My youngest has Down Syndrome and has brought great joy and happiness to our family. I have a love for science and teaching. I have worked as a chemist in research and development in pharmaceuticals and water analysis. I have also had the privilege of teaching both college chemistry and early morning seminary (New Testament) for high school students which I loved deeply. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. We love to go swimming in the summer as well as trips to grandparent’s cabin in Island Park, Idaho. We love family reunions.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church in California as a child. While my father was not a Mormon, he supported my mother by bringing us to church every week. While I participated in many church activities growing up, my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was significantly strengthened when I attended college at Brigham Young University (BYU). I took a class on the Book of Mormon that really illuminated my mind regarding the gospel that Jesus taught. Yet, I still had many wonderings. I resolved that I would find out if God really did know me. One spring afternoon, I decided to go on a hike in the mountains just off the BYU campus. I determine to pray vocally as I had never done so on my own. As I poured out my soul, an answer from God came to my mind and my heart so distinctly that I have never forgotten. From that day on, I have known that God knows my name and that he loves me. A couple of months later after some effort of seriously studying the Book of Mormon, I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and whether God would forgive my past sins. That sweet, undeniable feeling came again and I knew the Book of Mormon was true and that God did forgive sins. Since that time, I have come to love and embrace the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Every good thing I have in life has come because of my faith. I know that Christ leads this church and that he has called prophets and apostles again to lead the people of this world to salvation and safety.

How I live my faith

As one who has experienced the challenges of disabilities, I feel an intense desire to seek out others who are struggling with disabilities of their own. I will visit or call them and give a listening ear and look for ways that I can serve them. I feel that all of us need a spiritual physician in our lives. I know that Jesus Christ plays that role and so I do my part by example and word to invite others to come to Christ. He is the one that can change lives. I receive inspiration from time to time on who needs a visit of encouragement. Ultimately, my most important role is to bring people to Christ so that they can partake of His healing power.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Tim
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does NOT practice polygamy. This belief is probably one of the more common myths that people have about the church that is not true. Sure, there are small splinter or apostate groups that practice polygamy. They do not have any affiliation with the Mormon church and they are violating the law of the land. Because they refer to themselves as "Fundamentalists" and receive media coverage, due to their polygamous beliefs, it causes many to associate them with our church. These groups are small and isolated. They are culturally and doctrinally very different from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons. As one who has grown up in the church, I have never had a church meeting where polygamy was ever taught. We were taught early in life about modesty and virtue. We were taught abstinence before marriage and fidelity afterwards. There was never any talk about polygamy because there was never any doubt that we would only marry one wife. I think a lot of people want to ask Mormons about polygamy but are afraid to because they don't want to offend. Most Mormons know as much about polygamy as the rest of general public. We don't have much to offer in explanation because we've never lived it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tim
The problem with answering this question is that everyone has their own definition of a "cult" but it's usually pejorative in nature. I thought it best to go to Webster's definition of a "cult". The first definition refers to a system of religous beliefs and ritual. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in a doctrine that is founded on principles and ordinances that Jesus Christ, Himself, taught in the New Testament as well as in the Book of Mormon. The first principles are faith in Jesus Christ and repentance. Ordinances or "rituals" that are practiced are baptism, receiving the gift of the Holf Ghost by the laying on of hands, and the Sacrament or "communion". Other ordinances such as "washing and annointing" and "marriage cealings" are performed in temples. All of these ordinances enhanced the worship and committment of disciples of Jesus Christ and are consistent with teachings found in the Holy Scriptures. While there are many other definitions of a "cult", I will just briefly address what the present connotation infers; that we do not believe in Christ. This is a false notion. Our church bears the name of Jesus Christ in its title. He is at the head of the church. Everything we do within the church points to Him. I bear my witness to you that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I am grateful for added scripture, such as the Book of Mormon, that has enhanced my understanding of Him who walks with me every day of my life. Show more Show less