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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a speech-language pathologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I've been a speech-language pathologist for 25 years. I thought I wanted to work with children, but I quickly migrated to medical speech pathology working almost exclusively with adults suffering neurologic insults. I have a wonderful wife and family of 5 children, most grown up and married. I have many hobbies I try to pursue with limited time- mountain biking, skiing, camping and hiking with family and scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

 I’m a Mormon because I know God lives, that He loves us and desires us to return to live with Him. Knowing this, there must be a plan and path for this return. I believe God is real, cannot lie and is unchangeable. If this is true He would provide for this way to be communicated to all His children here on earth. I’m convinced He has done just that. That in fact He has done so for most of recorded History. He has done this by providing prophets who communicate directly with Him. These prophets continue to lead and guide those of His Church. I know we have such prophets on earth today and I hearken to their word. This makes me a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

 I try to live my faith in all my actions at work, at home, in social settings. I know I’m not always successful, but I hope my actions communicate a love of my fellowman. When I grow angry with someone I try to remember they are a child of God and consider what God would think and feel of them. I know the answer is He loves them. This usually engenders compassion for the offender, who is likely oblivious or unintentional, and a shame in me for the anger. I feel I am a representative of my God, my church and my family. I seek to represent all of these in a kind and appropriate manner. 

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tim
 Grace by theological definition is unmerited gifts from God or unmerited favor with God. We believe all mankind is saved by grace. None of us can save ourselves. We are all dependent on God's grace for salvation. But reflection will lead us to acknowledge we are dependent on His grace for our very existence now, in mortality. We depend on God for our breath, our life, our safety, all that we have or hold dear. We are not just saved by grace, we live by grace. John 116 tells us we receive grace for grace. If grace is an undeserved gift, then there will also be an undeserved suffering or sufferer, someone to give the gift despite the undeserving status of the recipient. I believe John is saying we received grace by the Savior Jesus Christ through His undeserved suffering in Gethsemane and on the Cross. I believe He also suffered undeservedly throughout much of His life. After all, He was perfect so any suffering would have been undeserved and unmerited. In this manner we all can share in giving grace to our fellow man in small means. Through this giving of grace, suffering and giving that which is unmerited or undeserved, we receive God's grace. I don't believe this is a necessity to partaking of God's grace, but it aligns our will more fully with His and through such trials we are better able to learn of Christ and share in His love. While grace is undeserved, it is not by necessity or definition unconditional. Otherwise there would be no moving from grace to grace or receiving of "grace for grace." While God is generous, He is unable to bless those unwilling to receive. For what profit is there for the giver or the receiver if the gift is refused or shunned? Thus we grow in grace by learning of our Savior and emulating him, and by keeping His commandments until we are saved in God’s heavenly kingdom. Show more Show less