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Hi I'm Todd

I am a husband, father, youth leader, boy scout supporter, CPA and BYU fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My love is for my family. I joy in their successes and accomplishments, similar to Heavenly Father when one of us, His children, do the same. My hobbies are my children. Time is spent watching them compete in their sporting events, dance competitions, etc., including being with them as momental events occur in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that God lives. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to atone for the sins of all of mankind. As we come to Christ, have faith and repent, the atonement will change our hearts. Jesus has shown us the way to live and how to serve others. I know we will all be resurrected because of our Savior. The Holy Ghost that Christ mentioned he would give to us prompts us with feelings to do better and how to stay protected from the adversary. I have felt the redeeming love of Christ. I have felt of His love for me during difficult times in my life. When I was about nine years old, my younger brother, 2 years old, died of spinal meningitis. As I listened to my parents declare that Jimmy was with God and Christ, I knew there teachings were true. I felt it. I felt the embrace of the Savior's arms around me, comforting me. I have continued to feel that same feeling over time as truth has been taught to me. There is no doubt that life is meant to help and assist others. I have seen what coming to Christ can do for others who are suffering and sometimes at the lowest times in their life. I know Christ can succor his people. I know that faith is developed as we repent, keep the commandments and serve others. I know that God speaks to prophets and declares His will to them. In turn they share those words with us, God's children. Just as we had prophets of old such as Abraham and Moses, we have a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I have had the witness we are led by a prophet.

How I live my faith

Making a difference in the life of a young man or woman is how I live my faith. My church calling gives me the opportunity to serve the children and youth of our area. Overseeing the child's program ages 3-11, assisting leaders and teachers, to instill the truths of life in the hearts and minds of children is rewarding. Some of those simple yet poignant truths are 1. Heavenly Father lives, He loves us, He listens to and answers our prayers; 2. Jesus Christ lives and all mankind will also because of His resurrection, He loves us and demonstrated that love to us through the Atonement, and we can have faith in Him; 3. The Holy Spirit will give us feelings to make the right choices and be protected. The majority of my time is spent in youth programs for the young men and women ages 12-18. The teachings from the children are strengthened and enlarged as we emphasize the young person's responsibility to serve others, performing their respective duties and striving to live a life as Christ would require of one of His followers. We utilize the Boy Scout program to enhance the young man's outdoor experience and learn to do tough things in life. Learning and growing in many new areas, introducing these young men to various professional and vocational options for their chosen career is one way the scouting program assist a young man. Character building is the emphasis and leadership development is key. Such attributes are also instilled in the young lady's life as she participates in the Young Women's program of the church. Each morning for young men and women begin early (usually an hour before school starts) as they participate in the local area seminary program where they read scriptures together, pray together, learn the values of goodness and are encouraged to live the two greatest commandments that Christ taught, love God with all your heart, might, mind and strength and then to love your neighbor as yourself. The culmination-a Christlike person.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Todd
Yes, families can be together forever. The phrase at the end of many children's books and movies, "And they lived happily ever after!" takes on new meaning with the knowledge that our families can continue after this life. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and living as He has commanded us allows one the privilege and opportunity to enter the sacred and holy House of the Lord (Temple). In such edifice, husbands and wives are sealed together for not only time, but also for eternity. Having this knowledge gives me the desire and motivation to work at my marriage even when times may get challenging. Marriage is the most rewarding relationship which I have in this life. I have chosen my eternal companion and she has chosen me as hers and together we experience together life's greatest joys and happinesses, often times related to our children and their life's experiences. To me that is true love. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Todd
Faith is action and power. Faith leads us to repent, obey and serve others. Faith in Heavenly Father's will requires us to align ourselves with His desires. We live as he wants us to live. Faith leads us to be a follower and a faithful disciple because we have a belief and trust in the Atonement of Christ. Faith is a belief in things that are not seen which are true. I did not see Jesus sacrifice in Gethsemane bleed from every pore however I know that it is true because I believe it happened because of the feelings I have experienced and I have felt the love of Christ, that redeeming love of my Savior. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Todd
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important event ever to occur in this world or in the history of mankind. Without the Atonement each man, woman and child would have no hope. The three great acts of Christ life that constitute the Atonement are 1) His suffering and sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane; 2) His crucifixion on Calvary's Cross; and 3) His resurrection. 1) In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ paid the price of sin and transgression sweating "as it were great drops of blood", or in other words, bleeding "from every pore". I can't fully comprehend the pain and anguish He must have felt, however, trying to imagine what He has done for me, knowing I can be forgiven of my sins if I repent gives me hope and encouragement to do better each day. I strive to live so that those drops of blood were not because of me. 2) He voluntarily gave His life for all dying on the cross so that we might live. 3) His resurrection was the culminating event of the Atonement in which his body and spirit were reunited so that all mankind might live again and be resurrected ourselves. Each one of these acts have enduring consequences for us personally if we follow our Savior through faith in Him and His Atonement, repent, serve others and enter into sacred ordinances in which we show our commitment and devotion to Him through making and keeping the associated covenants. This gives me hope in a world in which we need hope and the knowledge we can live with Him and Father forever. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Todd
Eternal life is the greatest gift Heavenly Father offers to his children. Knowing of the potential of such a gift gives meaning to life and how we should behave. Identifying that we want to live with God and Christ again (and our families), in their heavenly home, warrants a life of goodness and service. There is a drive within ourselves to be worthy of the "blessed and happy state of those who keep the commandments". As Jesus commanded, we must love God first, then others, then ourselves. My greatest and deepest love is for Father and my Redeemer. Followed by my deep abiding love for my wife and children. My parents and siblings and extended family. And for all my spirit brothers and sisters (all of mankind). Love causes us to act on behalf of others. When we love God, we follow His will and do the things he asks of us. We serve Him. Similarly, we serve our family members demonstrating our love for them. The same within our communities. As we love, we serve. As we serve we become more like our Heavenly Father and Savior which enables us to live eternally with them, eternal life. I love the thoughts of such an eternity! Show more Show less