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Hi I'm Ted

My wife and I live in Colorado; we're originally from Arizona. I've been an acoustical engineer for over 10 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I recently married in December 2010 in our home state of Arizona. We settled in Colorado because of work opportunities here. Years before we met, I moved out on my own to New York City to start my career in 2001. My first job was in my current career--architectural acoustics. I work as an engineer for architects designing theaters, concert halls, churches, and a variety of other spaces that require acoustical expertise. Since I studied both music and engineering in school, I was drawn to this line of work that allows me to combine two of my passions. While in New York, my life for 8 years revolved around the energy of the big city; I also was fortunate to travel all over North America and Europe in designing beautiful-sounding spaces for music. While I grew accustomed to the hustle and bustle of Manhattan (I couldn't imagine any other place to call home), I grew increasingly aware that life was lonely on my own. Looking for a life change, I moved back west in early 2009. In retrospect, I see that my life on the East Coast was bookended by two of the most world-changing events of our lifetimes--I moved to New York 3 weeks before the September 11th attacks and left the city as the country was reeling from the onset of the Great Recession. Soon after moving west, I reconnected with my future wife (an old high school acquaintance.) We now love living at the foot of the Rockies, and we just had our first child in December 2011. We love being new parents.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides the perfect framework for me to grow and develop spiritually in all my many life roles--husband, son, brother, friend, co-worker, neighbor, and future father. Having been raised in this faith by my parents and having a strong pioneer heritage to guide me, I am greatly influenced by those before me. I take great strength and courage in knowing that my ancestors made many great sacrifices to convert to Mormonism in the 1800's in Denmark, England, Scotland, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Germany and then to trek to the United States and the frontier to build up the Church with other early Saints. My faith, however, does not rest on their laurels. I have personally sought to know God's will for me and to find direction in my life. I have learned that God answers our prayers and has given me the strength to follow him even during very trying times in my life. Ultimately, I continue in the faith of my fathers because of the great blessings that are available to me through the Priesthood, including baptism, healing, and temple covenants (including families being sealed together for eternity.) I remember vividly the day of my wedding when my parents and family were gathered together in the temple with my wife's family to witness our temple sealing. I never would have predicted the flood of emotions and manifestation of the Spirit that accompanied that simple ceremony. I knew more clearly that day than at any other time how much I loved my wife and wanted to be worthy of all the blessings marriage brings. I knew that day that Heavenly Father had granted me a beautiful woman to bless my life and to bring me the joy of a family. Now that we're expecting our first child in December 2011, I see no better reason to practice my faith now than to bless the life of my child and help him find God's path for him on this journey in life.

How I live my faith

My faith is centered in Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and Savior. Through Him, all things are possible. I have seen His great power in my life to guide me to where I am now. Because of His great love for me, it is my responsibility as His disciple to bless the lives of others through service and charity. My wife and I love meeting new people. We were worried about moving to a new place here in Colorado where we wouldn't have family or friends, but it has afforded us the great opportunity to invite new friends and acquaintances to our home and share our friendship and good cooking. Christ taught us to do unto others as we would have others do unto us. My wife and I take this charge literally. If there is anyone who needs encouragement or friendship, we would like to be there to help them. We believe in a strong work ethic. It is also part of my faith to give "an honest work day for an honest day's pay." When I am working hard, I am able to look beyond myself and help my clients and co-workers. I also want my employers to know I am reliable and dedicated. Most importantly, my faith affects my relationship with my wife and future children. Christ's selfless example teaches us to love and serve others before we think of ourselves and our own needs. I hope this will help me as I build my family and dedicate my life to them.