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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a dentist working in community health. I like sports, kites, and people. I'm a mormon

About Me

I grew up in Arizona, but have since lived in Argentina, Utah, Oregon, and now Washington. My growing family consists of my wife of six years and our two daughters (3 and 1 years old). My hobbies... I feel like my hobbies are constantly changing. Growing up, I played a lot of sports, especially basketball. I still try to keep it up on club teams or pick-up when I get the chance, although I find it happens less and less. More recently, I've picked up golf, although I'm still the guy that gets a few pointers on my swing every outing. My most recent interest is kiteboarding. After living in Portland, Oregon (the wind through the Columbia River Gorge is perfect for kiting), I finally got a kite. The wind here in Washington is still decent, so I get out when I can. A big part of who I am is my job. I'm a dentist... and I thoroughly enjoy it. I work at a Community Health Center where our treatment is focused on the region's poor and underserved. I love dentistry. I enjoy working with my hands, but mostly I enjoy the meaningful interactions I get with patients.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the influence the LDS church has... both on an individual level and on the community/world as a whole. On an individual level, the LDS church is all about encouraging personal, positive change. Underscoring the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Church provides an avenue for real-life change to thousands of individuals each year. Via conversioin to the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have seen the confused find spiritual clarity, the abused find strength & friendship, and the troubled overcome trial & addiction. Furthermore, I have always admired the Church's efforts to create a positive net change in the community & abroad. I am proud to hear of the Church's many humanitarian efforts provided around the globe. I have personally been involved with and witnessed several church projects first hand. For example, I helped organize LDS church efforts to provide medical supplies and other services to a struggling small-town hospital in Argentina. So... I am a Mormon because of the Church's positive influence on me, my family, and those in my community.

How I live my faith

Recently, I spend much of my time with people who are new or visiting the Church. On Suday during church, I teach a class we have entitled "Gospel Principles" which includes fundamental doctrines of the Church & Christ's gospel. Each lesson is based on teachings from the prophets from the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other modern-day prophets. The class is presented in an open environment where questions and discussion are welcome. In addition to my Sunday School class, I also dedicate time to help those that are new to the LDS church. I recognize that the life-changes involved with becoming follower of Christ can be challenging, and I support & encourage that change in most any way I can. My time is spent teaching & giving tours of the church building to people who wish to learn more about the Church. Lessons are often provided in people's homes and typically involve the full-time missionaries. Additionally, I organize baptismal services for those who are preparing to follow Christ's example and be baptized.

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

Tim
I go out with the missionaries somewhat often to lend a hand with their discussions. What do we talk about? The Missionaries teach some foundational beliefs of the church. It's a pretty open dialogue and questions are welcome. The topic of each discussion is typically based on what the individual needs/wants to discuss. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Tim
Joseph Smith? He was a prophet. When people think of prophets, people typically think of Moses, Abraham, Noah (each from the Old Testament). We think of these prophets too, but we also believe God has called modern-day prophets. And Joseph Smith was just that... He was a modern-day prophet. Show more Show less