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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in Utah, but now practice law in Arizona. I love gardening, reading, and hiking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am first and foremost a family man. I am the father of six beautiful children. Most of my hobbies now revolve around activities I can do with my wife and our children, including gardening, hiking, swimming, tennis, and playing board games. My wife and I both love pets and we have lots of animals in and around our house.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that were members of the Church and was baptized when I was 8-years old. However, even at that young age, I had a testimony of the Gospel--at least as far as I could understand it. As I've grown and matured over the past few decades, that testimony has only deepened and strengthened as I've learned more about the Gospel, had a number of challenges and experiences thrown at me by life, and through those challenges and experiences learned to rely on and trust in my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I can't imagine where I'd be, or how I'd be living, it if weren't for the positive influence of the Church in my life.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the young men in the Church, particularly those who are 12 and 13-years old. In addition to Sunday teaching responsibilities with these young men, I also serve as their Assistant Scoutmaster in our local Boy Scout troop. With the Scoutmaster, we encourage the young men to give service, earn merit badges, hike, camp, learn outdoor skills, and generally have lots of good, clean fun. I really enjoy helping these young men grow up, gain confidence in themselves and appreciate the beauty of nature. In addition, I am responsible for teaching in their homes six individuals or families from the Church who live in my neighborhood. One is a widow, a couple of others are single sisters. One of my sons accompanies me on these visits, which usually occur monthly. In the Church we call this hometeaching, but I like to think of it as assigned friendships. Most of the individuals or families I've been asked to visit I've been visiting for so long that we've really become close friends. We have barbeques and Christmas brunches together. It really helps me to feel closer to and want to be a friend all of my neighbors.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Todd
No. We worship God our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, but we do not "worship" Joseph Smith. However, we believe he was a prophet, just as Moses or Abraham in the Bible. As such, we respect Joseph Smith and recognize his contributions to our understanding of the the Gospel. Joseph Smith was the instrument through which God restored the holy priesthood, and with that priesthood, which is the authority to act in the name of God, he restored the Church of Jesus Christ with apostles and prophets as in the days of Christ. We reverence Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, as we reverence our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Both men were called of God to do His work in their day and both provide us revelation from God to help guide us in our daily challenges. So no, we don't worship Joseph Smith. But we respect, reverence, and love him for the life he led and the things he did that continue to bless us, and through the priesthood, all of God's children upon the earth. Show more Show less