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Hi I'm TJ Burke

I grew up in Mercer Island, and went to college in San Diego. I love sports, the outdoors and technology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a technology professional with a creative background. I love outdoor recreation, especially fishing, boating, camping, hiking and swimming. I play most sports and today love golf, tennis, basketball and baseball and softball. I played football for many years and in college. I enjoy coaching sports teams now. I also love the theater and movies; having classical training in Shakespeare. I write and attend theater and dramatic events today and dream of one day running my own production company. I am grateful to be a husband, a father of three, a brother, a son and a grand-son.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family with Catholic and new-age Christianity with limited influence in my home. As a young boy I would attend church with my friends and by the time I graduated from high school, was spiritually influenced by Catholicism, Judaism, and the various Protestant Churches, with limited experience in Buddhism. I always had a strong sense of a greater power, something or someone greater than myself, but also felt very strongly in the notion of free-will. When I went to college I had the opportunity to further my studies in religion and chose to study the eastern philosophies of Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and deeper study of Buddhism, I decided that none was right for me, rather all had bits and pieces of truth I took from to create my own sense of spirituality, "ZenTaoBudistCatholicConfusionJew". Shortly after I was with some friends for dinner, (the family was LDS), describing a recent book I read and how it had made me feel and a member of the family related a similar experience she had had from reading a book recently, and what a movie or epic saga it would make if converted to film. When I inquired what book, she told me it titled, The Book of Mormon, and she described how by reading 20 pages a day, you can read the entire book in 30 days. I took that home as a personal challenge. I went to the library the next day and found and checked out a copy of the book. I ended up getting about 1/3 way through before I moved. In the process of moving I lost the book for a while, but later found it when i also happened to be in time of need for some deep answers in my life. I began reading it again. This time I read it through, I knelt and prayed before reading to my heavenly father to let me know if the book is true through a manifestation of the spirit, which I did receive. So I read it again, and then again, and then a third time through. Each time getting more and more out of the book, until finally I sought out the missionaries and was eventually baptized.

How I live my faith

I love that our church is a church of service with opportunities to learn and grow through the various callings that run all facets of the church as a organization. I have had many callings for service including working with the youth as an instructor and asst. cub scout den leader. I have also worked within the ward in callings of leadership that have taught and helped me improve myself as a person and a leader of others both in church, personal and professional relations. Currently I serve as a home teacher where I a called to look after the welfare of specific families with my ward. I am also called to serve in our ward's bishopric as the 2nd Counselor. My wife and I were married in the temple and both enjoy the blessings of participating today.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

TJ Burke
Yes. Through the restoration of the church and translation of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith was able to restore the priesthood and all the necessary keys. These spiritual keys have been passed since from one prophet to the next from Joseph Smith up to Thomas S. Monson, today. Show more Show less