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Hi I'm Todd

I'm an Artist, Architect, and Graphic Designer. I run my own business, build furniture, and am trying to raise 4 active kids.

About Me

We went to college for 11 years and I completed three degrees. My wife and I started our family in my fourth year of college. It's been a wild ride, but everywhere we've gone we feel has had a purpose. I have faith in the laws of fasting and tithing and have seen how God can take your faith and good works and turn them into blessings for you and others. I'm passionate about my religion and believe in the goodness of people. I speak Russian. I adore my wife. We have four beautiful children (boy, girl, and twin girls) - all of them come in varying degrees of melodrama.

Why I am a Mormon

I watched my parents pray, work hard, and consistanly sacrifice their time and energy in doing what they knew was right. I learned young that there is great peace in being kind, considerate, and clean. I have never doubted that the teachings of Jesus were true. But I had to discover for myself how to have a personal relationship with God. I had to learn to pray with real intent. I'm learning to exhibit true faith in Christ. And what I've found is that with God in my life, I'm more creative, more full of energy, and I have real joy in who I'm becoming. Blessings from God require a sacrifice: time, effort, and will - and I want all the blessings that God has to offer. My faith, being a Mormon, has taught me how to do this.

How I live my faith

I'm not naturally social - I like my alone time, and feel I get more done on my own. But the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is teaching me that I have lots to learn from and to offer other people. I'm learning to find joy in doing what I can to make myself available to be of service. Each Sunday I attend church - I especially enjoy our adult gospel lesson that occurs after the large group meeting. Just recently I've been asked to teach this adult lesson and am really enjoying it. Each month I visit four families in our congregation and share a faith building lesson with them. My wife instructs the young women in our ward. My son and daughter are learning Gospel lessons each Sunday, and we have a family activity night once a week as the church suggests. As a family, we attend Church activities, participate in choirs, assist in local service projects, teach lessons, go camping with scouts, and even help move other people in and out of their homes. The church has given us numerous opportunities to be of service to our other people. I still enjoy my alone time, but as I pray and read my scriptures and try to grow closer to Jesus Christ in private, I've found that I bring these things with me into my family, friend, and day-to-day relationships. The lessons I've learned at Church have made me truly happy.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Todd
A Prophet is not really chosen - at least, not by vote, or in a selection process. There is a line of succession - and when the current prophet dies, the senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is called to be the next prophet. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Todd
No - Joseph Smith was a prophet, much like Moses, Elijah, or the Apostle Paul. We respect Joseph Smith's life and what he taught, but we do not woship him or compare him to God. We worship God (our Father in Heaven), and his Son Jesus Christ - and ONLY them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Todd
No - Mormons do not practice polygamy - and we do not allow for or excuse any who do. People claiming to be Mormon who practice polygamy are either not affiliated with the LDS church, or they have been excommunicated and are no longer members of the church. The practice of polygamy was something that was discontinued in the Church in 1890 - see: http://lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/od/1?lang=eng Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Todd
We believe that God chose prophets anciently, and instructed his people much as he does today. We also believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, which means reading about the life of Jesus in the New Testament is essential to our faith. While we follow the teaching of modern prophets, we also work to learn and value the teachings that God gave us anciently. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Todd
Read the Book of Mormon - ponder what it says - pray if it's true. Only God can give you the answer. Now, if you believe the Book of Mormon is true, then you'll know that Joseph Smith was chosen to translate the book by the power of God. You'll understand that he was directed (like Moses was) to build the Church of Christ in these days. Everything follows that knowledge. Only through sincere, open-minded study and prayer can you learn to recognize truth. Any attempt to discover truth without reading, pondering, and asking God will be fruitless. 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
No. There have never been any race-related restrictions on who joins the church. People of all races and colors have been baptized from the beginning. However, for a period of time priesthood ordinations in the Church were restricted - This policy was officially changed in 1978 when Official Declaration declared that “every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.” Show more Show less