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Hi I'm Todd.

I have a beautiful wife and two wonderful children. I am a proud Sun Devil and I like to listen to the Beatles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

During business hours from Monday to Friday, I'm a lawyer. I graduated in accounting before going to law school. I love what I do for work, but I definitely try to enjoy my life away from the office. I love to read books about history and I also enjoy listening to music and playing guitar. I have been an avid Beatles fan for as long as I can remember. More importantly, I am a husband and father. My children are still very young, which makes life enjoyable, but certainly adds some stress. I often worry about whether I am adequately teaching my family the kinds of values that will make them good citizens and positive forces of good in a world that seems to be lacking such forces. My wife and I love each other and our children very much. We look at our duty to raise our children as a team effort and we rely on the Lord for divine guidance.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. In fact, each of my parents have been Mormons their whole lives. Independent of any decisions I have made about faith and God, being a Mormon is part of my family tradition and my personal identity. In other words, even if I chose to not believe in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I would still be a Mormon, like it or not. It is just who I am. Having said that, I choose to believe. I have had many experiences in my life when I felt the guidance of what I know to be the Holy Ghost. That guidance has led me to a powerful spiritual witness that Joseph Smith actually experienced the things that he says he experienced. It may not seem possible, but I believe he actually saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in 1820. Through him, the Lord brought to light the Book of Mormon, restored priesthood authority, and established His Church. I find it both intellectually exciting and spiritually uplifting to strive to increase my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through study and prayer. I do not understand all of the mechanics involved in the salvation process, but I have faith in one simple truth: that salvation can come only through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I believe that through His sacrifice all humankind will be literally resurrected, and through faith in Him I can overcome my personal weaknesses and shortcomings. I believe in the priesthood authorization that allowed my wife and I to be married and sealed for eternity. We were married in one of the Lord's modern-day temples. The sealing ordinance was performed by a man who held priesthood authority. This means that death will have no power to break the bond between my wife and me. Ours is an eternal family. Finally, I believe that President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's chosen Prophet to lead His Church. The Holy Ghost has confirmed this to me and I will continue to devote my efforts to following his counsel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the principles of the Gospel and teaching my children the benefits of living those principles. I want my children to know that I do the things that I tell them they should do. We go to church every Sunday to be inspired and uplifted, and more importantly, to inspire and uplift. I pay tithing. I obey the Word of Wisdom, which means I avoid harmful substances and I don't smoke or drink alcohol. I believe that my life has been blessed because of my choices to live faithfully and in harmony with the principles of the Gospel. My wife and I focus our energy on loving our children. We spend time with them. We read to them. We play with them. We share in their interests. We do these things because we know that they are special because they are children of the Eternal Father. It is our desire that they grow into people that care about serving those in need and loving those who feel abandoned. I want this world to be better by having them in it. I believe that will happen if I teach them the Gospel and inspire them to live its principles. I also live my faith by sharing what I believe with others. I have found happiness in my faith, and I truly believe that anyone else can, too. I served as a full-time missionary for my church in Italy several years ago. My experiences there helped shape the person I am today.

What is the First Vision?

Todd.
When you hear members of the church refer to the First Vision, they are talking about the first appearance of God the Father and Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith. Joseph wrote an account where he explains that as a 14-year-old boy, in the spring of 1820, there was a great excitement in the region where he lived concerning religion and finding the truth among the various churches. Joseph was inspired by the words of the Bible: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5). There was much confusion around him, but he decided that he definitely lacked wisdom, and he felt that he could ask God which church taught the truth, and that God would answer. Joseph's prayer was answered. It was answered in a manner that seems incredible. He saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and they spoke to him. He wrote: "I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other - This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" His question was answered. He was told not to join any of the churches. Through Joseph Smith the Lord restored His Church. The same organization that He established when he lived among men has now been re-established with God's priesthood authority. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Todd.
We believe that we need a Savior because we have sinned. To sin is to act contrary to God's commandments. Sometimes life is difficult and temptations are strong. We all act contrary to God's commandments at times. Unfortunately, this causes a spiritual death. The Scriptures teach that no unclean thing can return to the presence of God. We are unable to progress and become our full potential, which is to obtain Eternal Life, which is the greatest gift God can bestow to us. Because God is our Eternal Father, he loves us and desires that we receive the gift of Eternal Life. He provided a Savior. Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins in a way that we can't comprehend. If we choose to have faith in his atoning sacrifice and repent of our sins we can be saved from our sins and qualify for the gift of Eternal Life. Show more Show less