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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in California but now live in Washington. I am a husband and a father, a teacher and a coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 19 wonderful years. We are busy raising 4 boys ranging in age from 8-17. I teach 8th grade history and English, and I coach basketball, baseball, and football. I love sports and enjoy relaxing and playing with the family.

Why I am a Mormon

I met my wife at age 17 and we began dating; I knew she was Mormon, but she didn't pressure me to go to church. In fact, at one point I even said to her, "You don't think I'll ever become a Mormon, do you?" I played sports with church members and felt a difference; these were good men with values. Eventually, I listened to the missionaries who were about my same age; again, I was impressed with their goodness and sincerity. But I didn't join the church because of the missionaries or sports programs. And, as much as I loved my soon-to-be wife, I didn't join for her and she never pressured me. I joined because I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to God for an answer. If it wasn't true, I wanted Him to let me know. If there was a God, why wouldn't he answer this earnest prayer? Well, He did. I felt peace and comfort. I felt good about being baptized. Jesus Christ's church was on the earth again. That was twenty years ago, and I have never regretted my decision. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not always easy, but it brings true happiness and peace. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to make decisions that are in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. I try to pray daily and ask for our Heavenly Father's help in my daily life. Nothing is too big or to small to talk to God about. I read from the scriptures and try to improve my Gospel knowledge. I try to treat others with kindness and be helpful. I serve others by helping people move, cleaning up in the community, and visiting those who are lonely or sick. I am not perfect and often make mistakes, but I try to be more like Christ everyday and live my life in a way that makes a positive impact.