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Hi I'm Tod Turley

I am a husband, father, grandfather, business owner, surfer, skier, cycylist and tennis player. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to Lindie Turley, a father of five, and grandfather of four grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter. I'm professiolly trained as a corporate lawyer but spend most of time running businesses and being an investment banker. I love to ride road and mountain bikes, surf, and ski. I'm really enjoying my young adult children right now and their spouses as we enjoy life and help them start their new families.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of strong Mormons where my faith and understanding of the Mormon doctrines were instilled in me. When I was twelve, I met the Mormon Prophet at the time (Spencer W. Kimball). When he spoke to me, I knew he was the Prophet of God through a very personal spiritual confirmation. I continue to feel these confirmations throughout my life as I apply and live the principles set forth in the holy scriptures and as taught by God's prophets who teach us now.

How I live my faith

I love how I can serve in my Church. Right now, I work with the Young Men ages 12-18 as they pursue scouting and spiritual preparation to be fathers some day and missionaries for the Church. I Also currently teach the young men and young women who are preparing to serve full time missions for the Church. As three of my children have already done their service, I love to teach this group and see their enthusiasm and desire to serve Jesus Christ throughout the World.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tod Turley
There is a strong tradition of missionary service in the Church. The Savior taught, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Church members consider it a privilege to show their love for other people and the Lord by sharing the gospel. Missionaries generally begin serving when they are from 19 to 21 years old. Many retired seniors, men, women, and married couples also serve missions. Missionaries serve from 18 months to 2 years. Missions are voluntary, and missionaries are not paid for their service. Missionaries come from around the world, and they serve wherever the Church calls them. While serving full-time, missionaries are official representatives of the Church. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Tod Turley
Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1805 in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He had 10 brothers and sisters. His parents taught him to pray, read the Bible, and to have faith in God. At age 14, as an answer to fervent prayer, Joseph saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in his First Vision. At age 17, Joseph began to receive heavenly messengers who prepared him for his role in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. He was a prophet, just like Moses, Isaiah and others in biblical times. He was strengthened by God to fulfill His mission much as was Jeremiah who said, “Ah Lord God! Behold I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak” (Jeremiah 1:6-7). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Tod Turley
Heaven is the place where God lives and the future home of those who do God’s will and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. The hope of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the purpose of life on this earth is to teach us and prepare us that we, along with our families, might live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ eternally. After we are resurrected we will be judged and rewarded for the things we have done in this life (see Revelation 20:12,13). Jesus Christ taught His Apostles that in His Father’s house are “many mansions” (John 14:2). Our loving Heavenly Father is anxious to reward all of His children according to their obedience to His commandments and their willingness to follow the Savior. Those who do these things and are worthy to return to the presence of God and Christ become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17) of all that the Father has. They will return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families in His eternal glory. Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God. Show more Show less