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Hi I'm Todd

I'm an aspiring writer and artist who is a recent convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I've always wanted to be a writer. I've also enjoyed computers for as long as I can remember. I have a particular interest in games and the gaming industry, and look forward to sharing this love with my children. (My eldest daughter is already becoming quite a chess player!) I am married with three children, and I'm still looking for my big break into the realm of published novelists!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Short answer - God told me to join His church. The answer surprised me. I had been raised as a nondenominational Christian and strongly believed that God speaks to all of us, only most of us have forgotten how - or deliberately choose not - to listen. When I was tempted to join a different church years ago, I asked God if I should join and was told quite strongly "NO." He also warned me away from any church that put more emphasis on ritual and symbols than the meanings behind it. Fast-forward a few years later, and the elder missionaries came knocking on my door. I listened to them and visited with them for a while, and asked God if I should join. I was quite surprised when God told me - through several different means, actually - that this was the church for me. I didn't understand why, especially given what I had been told earlier, but I did not want to be the kind of person to tell God "no." So a month after the missionaries first contacted me, I was baptized into the church. And I've never regretted the decision. It has been a wonderful, eye-opening experience - one I would recommend to anyone!

How I live my faith

I strive to be the best father and counselor I can. I may not read the scriptures quite as often as I probably should, but I strive to keep the promises I've made to God. I am honest, reliable, and trustworthy. I understand that my actions are a reflection on not just myself, but a reflection of my church and God. Being a Christian means being as Christ-like as possible. By acting in an un-Christian fashion, it may give people a mistaken image of what Christ is all about. I also use the lessons I've learned in my writings. If my protagonists try to maintain a good, righteous lifestyle, it may encourage my readers to do likewise. And if they like my writings and want to learn more about me, they may also want to learn more about my faith. It's worked for me after I read one of Orson Scott Card's books....

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think that many who regard the church as a cult either haven't taken the time to research it properly or, sadly, have already made up their minds about the church and are unwilling to accept all the positive things the church has done. I ask those that question the church to consider the advice of Jesus in Matthew 7:16. "You shall know them by their fruits." Look at what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has done, and what their members have done and what they stand for. Then you will understand that this church is far from a "cult" - it is the restored church! Show more Show less