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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in Utah. I live in Ohio. I work in IT. I love the outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love spending time with my family and travleing around the country. I graduated from college with a degree in statistics, yet I work in IT. I have been involved with scouting for over 15 years as an adult and am an Eagle Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

A long time ago, I read the Book of Mormon. There are answers in there, items discussed that have to have come about through divine inspiration. Another question that intrigues me is the passage of divine authority to those who call themselves leaders of religion. There are those who say that my faith is non-Christian. I say there are predominant faiths in the world that call themselves Christian and cannot be because although they teach of Christ, they deny the power of Christ. They profess that man is saved by grace alone. I believe that yes, man is saved by grace at the end of the day. But, he also has to show forth good works and receive of all the saving ordinances of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I have been a sunday school teacher, a primary teacher and a scoutmaster. I served an LDS mission in Brasil Porto Alegre for two years. Currently, I am the bishop of my ward which means I am the ecclesiastical leader for my congregation. I'm not paid for this activity in monetary terms. All of my work over the years has been voluntary. I live my faith daily. It would be easy to go through life with blinders on as many people do. To care about what is right in front of my face and to leave it to others to take care of themselves. I had the opportunity last night to watch a broadcast from the Church about 100 years of LDS scouting. As it turned out, there was a family who needed some serious help moving. My 2nd son told me, "I can either go to the church and listen to a bunch of people talk about how to be a good scout, or I can go be a good scout right now." That made me happy to hear him say that and he's right. That is really how I live my life. I can talk about being a good Christian, or I can just be a good Christian. So, I do the latter a lot. I look at King Benjamin in Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. He is my scriptural hero. I love service, I love helping and will do that as often as I can.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

As people hand me their tithing each week, I half-jokingly tell them, "Now I can pay the power bill," or "Now I can pay the water bill," or "the building taxes." The money of the church goes to operational costs. We have an annual budget for building, library and activity expenses. There is a large need to print and publish church materials. The Books of Mormon the missionaries hand out come out of the tithing. We also utilize the tithing to maintain the temples of the church. Family history is funded by tithing. Think of all the people you know who have utilized the church's FamilySearch.org to do their family history. The site is maintained and made available free of charge for anyone wanting to work on their family history. Show more Show less