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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a Mormon, have been for more than thirty-five years.

About Me

I'm married with five children, five grandchildren. Professionally, I have been a teacher, counselor, administrator I retired three times: public school principal; charter school principal and mental health therapist. Last summer I converted a delivery van to a "camper." When the van was ready, the spouse and I ventured to Glacier National Park and other places out West. I earned my pilot's license almost fifty years ago and remain "pilot qualified." Piper Aircraft is my preference, having had two partners as owners of a Cherokee until the fourth child was born. One could say that the family out-grew the airplane. Business ventures have always interested me; being the founder of two small businesses while I was working a full-time job prior to marriage and family. I started a small part-time private practice as a licensed professional counselor a few years ago and am looking to expand embark on another business venture.

Why I am a Mormon

More than thirty-five years ago, I worked very hard--literally seven days per week. I had a full-time job as a school counselor, took graduate classes, started two businesses and kept a modest three-bedroom home with a fairly spacious yard. Two missionaries came up my drivway one July day, while I was busy building an ultralight aricraft in my garage. They were very friendly and offered to help. We had a great conversation about the plane I was building and about me. Yes, they seemed genuinely interested in me. Just as they departed, they asked if there were any apartments to rent in my neighborhood because they were required to move in several weeks and needed a place to rent. My answer was simply, NO. The rentals are on the other side of town, but I did know of several professional couples with grown children successfully launched from their homes, thus having vacant rooms in homes. Their reply was somewhat vague, stating that sharing a house might work. Having said all that, I realized after they left that my home might be just what they were looking for and I could get two clean-cut renters. They could occupy the entire upstairs of my home. After giving this much thought, I realized that I had no idea how to get in touch with these young men. About four days latter, they arrived at my home again. I greeted them very warmly and mentioned my idea of allowing them to rent the upstairs of my home. The immediately said yes without discussing any details. Being the businessman, this bothered me somewhat. The end of the story, they moved in and taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ without me even knowing that they were doing so. I considered myself an intelectual and one who NEVER attended any chruch except for an occasional Christmas, Easter or wedding. I enjoyed going to chruch with them, found their discussions enlightening, spiritual and engaging. I was baptized five months after they moved into my home.

How I live my faith

Soon after being baptized, I realized how little I know about the gospel and Jesus Christ. As the rusult of prayer, I realized that I needed to be on an excellerated learning track. I ceased dating and socializing with my college friends for the most part. I read the standard works and other important church publications to catch up on my gospel learning. It was handy having the missionaries living in my home, because we could have great gospel discussions. I met a wonderful Mormon girl and began dating after six months of extensive gospel study. We were married in the temple, which has unbelievble blessings, after a three-month engagement. Now more than thrity years later, we have five amazing children. The blessings our family has received because of being obedient and giving meaningful service is beyond description.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Tim
Members are called to serve in many differeent capacities. The leaders seek inspiration or pray to received direction and/or confirmation before issuing a calling to a member of the congregation. The person receiving the calling is usually very willing to be of service, because of the belief that the calling comes from the Lord through His servants or leaders. Giving meaningful service--time, talents, means, to others is very gratifying. In fact, it is more meaningful when it is given freely, without monitary compensation. I have served in many capacities during the past thirty years. For six years I was called as bishop, leading a congregation of more than 300 members. The calling required twenty to thirty hours per week. I knew that the Lord wanted me to serve in this capacity. At the time, our five children were all under the ages of 15. During the time that I was serving as bishop, our family was blessed beyond description. As soon as I was released, I could feel a void in my life and I know that I would no longer be the recipient of prayers from the members of the congregation on my behalf. Show more Show less