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Hi I'm Todd

I am an electrical engineer and father of three. I like to use math, science, and logic to design, build, and fix things.

About Me

You might wonder how someone like me could base so much of what he thinks, says, and does, on things of a spiritual nature. The truth is, it isn’t easy to make decisions and take actions that are based on things I cannot see, I cannot touch, and I cannot prove, but I can hear and listen, and I can feel. Not with my physical senses, but with my spiritual ones. Often, when dealing with these spiritual senses, I am prompted to action by what “feels right”. I think in some situations people have interpreted this “feeling” as intuition, as a subconscious understanding, as inspiration, or even genius. Something beyond the normal conclusions I would make based only on what I have seen or heard or known comes into my mind and reveals truths or principles that I can only say at the time, “I don’t know for sure that this is true, because I don’t have enough information to ‘know’ that it is true, but it ‘feels right’.” It is this feeling that guides me in my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and it is this “Spirit of Christ” that guides me to pray, read the scriptures, care for my family, serve others, accept direction from prophets, and seek to live like Jesus Christ and return to my Heavenly Father. It “feels right”.

Why I am a Mormon

My experience with the Spirit over the many years of my life has proven that when it feels right, and I follow those promptings to do good, or to help someone, or to give something of myself to another, that it IS right!  When I follow those spiritual promptings that “feel right”, I see confirmation in the world around me that things are better than what they would have been if I had not followed those promptings, and I “know” that what those actions were right because they blessed me or my family or the people around me. I know that I am a better engineer and a better father and a better man when I follow the promptings of what feels right because I have tried it and I have found that it works. Although I have not seen God face-to-face as Joseph Smith did, and I have not touched the prints of the nails in Jesus’ hands and feet as the Nephites in the Book of Mormon did, I do know that God lives. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that he died for me and washes away my sins. I know because it “feels right”, and I have the confirmation in my mind and in my heart that these things are true despite the fact that I cannot prove them logically. I have proven them to myself by testing the gospel and its’ effects in own life and experience, and I have come to the conclusion that they ARE true. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church, and that it is guided by a living prophet. I know that the Bible and the Book or Mormon are true witnesses of God’s love for his children on the earth and the divine nature of his son, Jesus Christ. I know that God answers prayers, and that He will guide us back to live with Him if we do what is right.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best father and husband that I can be. I try to serve my best in what ever role I am asked to fill within our congregation. I try to read the scriptures and pray and listen to the Spirit so I can be guided in the paths that will bring me and my family the greatest happiness. I am trying to be like Jesus, and while I know that I will never measure up to His perfect example, I know that as I try to emulate Him, I will be able to develop Christ-like attributes that will bless my life and the lives of those around me. There is a scripture that talks about an angel visiting Adam and asking him why he sacrifices animals to God. Adam responds that he doesn’t know except that God had told him to. I suspect that Adam also did this because it “felt right” to do what God told him to. The angel then reveals to Adam the symbology that exists between his animal sacrifices and the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, even Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and Adam rejoiced in this new knowledge because he understood that his sacrifices represented his pathway back into Heavenly Father’s presence. My pathway to this knowledge has been similar. At times, I didn’t know why I was doing the things that I was doing. There did not appear to be a logic behind the action, and sometimes what I was asked to do was not easy or fun, but it did feel right, and when I did it, the blessings followed. And additional understanding has followed as well. New information, and new knowledge, and new ideas have been introduced, so that what I once did because “it felt right”, or “I was told to”, I now do because “I know that it is the right thing to do.” God can guide you in the same way as he has guided me, and I can testify that you can know of things that you might not have even hoped for that will bring great joy and happiness if you will ask God and then do what feels right.