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Hi I'm Todd

I run marathons, play the guitar, love activities with my family, and practice medicine as a vascular surgeon, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was in the army, so I had the opportunity to live in many places. That instilled in me a love for travel and visiting new places. As a family we have made a point of taking vacations that have allowed us to see as much of the United States as possible. These trips have created fond memories for each of us. My children remember every little detail about these adventures. I'm sure we will talk and laugh about them for years. Several years ago I started running just to get in shape. I found out that without too much more effort and without a big sacrifice of family time that I could train for a marathon. I enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment so much that I kept right on running and have now run twelve marathons. My wife is very musical and has worked to share that talent with our children. As they were each working to learn their second or third instrument, I realized I was behind. I started taking guitar lessons and have found great satisfaction in being able to make a little music. It will probably never be more than a hobby, but it has provided numerous benefits. I cherish time with my wife. She is an example of happiness, devotion, positive attitude, and selflessness. As we have experienced the events of raising a family it has been wonderful to have someone with balance and perspective to help guide our course. As a physician I have an opportunity to interact with others in a very personal way. I appreciate the trust patients give me.

Why I am a Mormon

Hope, structure, values, peace, perspective, guidance are just a few of the words that would describe what I find by being Mormon. These are all components of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Conversion to Jesus Christ is composed of a belief in his atoning sacrifice for each of us combined with an understanding of who we are as children of our Heavenly Father. This creates a desire to one day return to His presence. The Gospel becomes the road map of how that is possible. As a Mormon I know that I am a son of God and that He loves me personally. I know that my wife I and I can be together forever and that our family is also eternal. I am learning how to develop the character qualities that are manifest in believers and followers of the Savior. As a member of the Church I am supported by close friends as well as an organization that want to assist me in this personal development. Serving and assisting others are integral components of this process. As a Mormon there are ongoing opportunities to provide meaningful service and help others. As I participate in these types of activities I sense an increasing love for others while increasing my recognition of God's love in my life. We live in a difficult and challenging time. Many wonder how could God allow there to be so much tragedy. As a Mormon, I understand that God has given everyone the agency to make choices and unfortunately the choices of some have led to the suffering of many. However, I also know that God has not left us alone. He knows each of us personally and will guide and strengthen us through any suffering. This support and protection comes through the teachings of past leaders found in scripture, instruction from living, inspired leaders in our day, and personal revelation and comfort received through personal prayer and service. I am Mormon because I believe in the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That He is my personal savior and stands ready to assist me in all things.

How I live my faith

There are some who look at Mormonism as restrictive. As I live my faith I find that the opposite is true. I find that living values established by our Heavenly Father protects me from the consequences that lead to suffering or sadness in the lives of many others. As I have an opportunity to live my faith by upholding and defending these values it only becomes more clear that I am free and liberated from the snares that have trapped others and I feel closer to my Heavenly Father from working to follow His guidance. Not only do I have the opportunity to live my faith in the way that I conduct my life, but as a member of the Church I live my faith by serving in organizations that assist youth. These programs teach youth practical skills while teaching them about their personal worth and the strength that comes from standing for goodness. In these activities there are opportunities to provide service and assist those in need or to help organize faith building events. There are wonderful social and recreational events that include sports, dances, camping. We enjoy life and love to participate with each other. It may sound quaint or trite, but it is truly fun to be a Mormon!

Are Mormons Christians?

We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that His atonement paid the price for sin if we will repent and follow Him. We believe in being His disciples by honoring Him through service, compassion, and charity while striving to keep God's commandments. He is at the center of all that we do and profess. We believe that He lives and that He guides us today; that He knows us personally and desires our eternal happiness. Everything about being Mormon is about believing in and following Christ. If being Christian means confessing Christ as the Savior, following His teachings, proclaiming His name, and defending His truth, then the answer to the question, "Are Mormons Christians?" is an emphatic yes! Show more Show less