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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in Utah as a Catholic, and now I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have now been married for more 15 years and am a father of 4 children, 2 boys and two girls. I am an Entrepreneur and have been self-employed for more than 15 years. We do several different things one of our business creates software and online platforms for financial professional. The other business we help advise people how to get out of debt without having to file for bankruptcy or settle their debt and ruin their credit. With this business we also provide a bill pay service to provide the discipline to accomplish this goal. After a stent out of Utah, I decide to come back and live in Utah. We have chosen this because I love the great out doors, we love to boat and ski to go hiking and camping, to ride 4 wheeler s and motorcycles in short we just enjoy nature. I love athletics of all shorts, I play soccer, basketball and golf. However I am really starting to enjoy being a coach more (I guess its because the body can't do what the mind wants it to do any more). Currently I am a licensed competitive soccer coach. I have two of my children that play soccer competitively. I also enjoy reading and playing on the computer, and just spending time with my family. I believe its important to always continue your education, stay healthy both mentally and physically and continue to be open minded and progress in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up a Catholic in a Mormon state was extremely hard, feeling like others looked at you differently. I know now that these children were not trying to hurt me but help. However their execution wasn't the best because of their lack of experience. By the time I reached high school I wanted nothing to do with the close minded Mormons. The irony to that statement was who was being closed minded? Why did I resist even learning about their teachings, why didn't I share my teachings. Why was I so offended by their beliefs? Its because I wanted to be right and not do the right thing.

How I live my faith

Growing up Catholics sometimes we would get in a rut and joke that we were E&C (Easter and Christmas) Catholics. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You can't just go to church on Easter and Christmas it has to be apart of who you are. I personally believe that if you don't live your religion every day, by reading the scriptures, having family prayer and personal prayer daily. Helping others being kind and charitable to your neighbor. That it will be harder to be a member of this church than any other. Because the adversary will work on you overtime to get you to fall away from the truth. I am a leader in the youth scouting program. My calling is to help the 12 and 13 year old boys. I get to spend a lot of time helping to shape these boys life's and what a huge responsibility it is. I once read that the first 6 years of a child's life they need the nurture and care of a mother, the next 6 they need it from a father and then the next 6 they need it from a respected community leader. Having a teenage boy I now understand the importance of this. We spend a lot of time hiking, Camping and just hanging out. These children are spiritual giants compared to me it is such a pleasure to be in their presents. I have heard some people say if the children of today are our leaders of tomorrow that we are in a real hurt. I would say if these boys that I get to spend time with are the leaders of tomorrow. Lets put them in their positions today and get rid of the ones we have leading. The one thing I really love about the church is the opportunity to serve others. When you server others inside or outside of your faith you get a real sense of accomplishment knowing that you are doing heavenly fathers plan. This church has changed my life for the better and I know it can change many others.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Todd
Growing up Catholic in a Mormon state. I was very put off by many of the kids my age "Not letting me in" I felt like an out cast, I thought that they didn't want to play with me or be involved with me because I wasn't of their religion. Its this attitude that made me believe they were doing something wierd like a cult. However now that I have been a member of the church for 15 years I have come to realize that sometimes it is hard to talk to others about your beliefs. One day when I was younger I asked a Friend Jamie about that aspect of the church, after he realized that I was open to hearing about his beliefs I couldn't get him to be quite on the subject. See its just like everything else sometimes its hard to break the ice but once the ice is broken than things flow well. I should have broke the ice with some of my friends and invited them to some of my CCC activities, I know they would have gone and we would have had an open communication. So I believe that people feel that Mormonism is a cult because a lot of people don't talk about it they just look at it from the outside and the people of the church will continue to go on about their business like busy little ants. If you feel the church is a cult as one of its members to go to church with you, but please be prepared to reciprocate and as you ask them to understand your beliefs please take the time to listen to ours. Once you see the teachings I am assured you will not believe its a cult. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Todd
The missionaries are ordained representatives of God, they will only share the beliefs of our church, what we believe, how we are different from other churches. Show more Show less