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Hi I'm TODD

I was born and raised in Nebraksa, love Nebraksa Footbll, enlisted and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father, a husband, a brother, and a son. In 1988 I married my lovely wife and immediately gained three stepchildren that have done nothing but enhance my life. They are all married with children. The two boys live in Virginia and our daughter in California. We wish we could see more of them and our grandchildren but vacations are our only physical contact for now. When I retired from the Marine Corps my wife and moved to Nebraska to be close to my family. Fifteen months after our return my father passed away. We visit mother often and I enjoy watching our many nephew and nieces participate in all types of sporting events and other school activities. I love watching the Huskers, playing cards, gardening, playing with dogs, and I’m a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed in God. I felt something was missing as if history had holes. I asked myself many things such as; why all the prophets were here thousands of years ago, why is no one leading us now, who communicates to God for us now, who do we go to for answers, or why are there so many churches? Because of these unanswered questions in 1982 I stayed away from all churches. In 1987 while stationed in Utah, I notice that the majority people were different. I was married 1988 to a woman of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We did not get married in or attend church. In 2010 my wife started asking me to join a church. Her mother was visiting in June 2011 and I told them one Sunday morning to get me pants, shirt, and a tie ready for church. Without saying anything they did just that. We attended church for two weeks. The people were still different. They loved each other as a family and as a people in a way I have never seen in all the places in the world I have been. They were polite to a man they had never known. Two missionary sisters stopped by and were invited to introduce me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My wife participated in each and every lesson. I have never seen her so happy in my life. My questions were answered. Answered because I asked the right person; my Heavenly Father. After a couple weeks I had a deep feeling to stop consuming alcohol. Fifteen days later I had my last coffee and the following day my last cigarette. Countless times I had attempted to stop smoking and failed. How simple this time was with the prayers of my wife and missionary sister, and the power of the Holy Ghost. Faith made the difference. How simple life has become; have faith, obey commandments, and endure to the end. It is a simple plan of life but it requires work to live up to the standard. We really are brothers and sister and must conduct ourselves as such. Ask the lord truly and you answers will be known.

How I live my faith

I am new to the church and continue to grow internally and externally. I read from the Book of Mormon at least six day per week. I study the Gospel of Jesus Christ each week with my wife as we prepare for Sunday School. I have prepared and presented classes to our missionaries, attend Sunday School and church weekly, invite the missionaries into our home weekly, and volunteer for activities within the church. I make special effort to let others giving testimonies or teaching classes now that I appreciate their efforts. Working side by side with my brothers and sisters stengthens our overall resolve. What I strive to do is just be more "Christ Like" and that is a full time job for me. Everyone I come into contact with daily I just try to treat them with more respect and with awareness for their feels and concerns. I feel I must be able to live my life without hurting others in anyway. This is my daily effort, for which I will continue to strive for.