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Hi I'm Todd

I'm a husband and a father. I love backpacking and just started road biking. My son is a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved the outdoors and I have tried to take advantage of opportunities to be on a dirt trail somewhere. I've been blessed with the chances to backpack in Peru, Costa Rica, and Patagonia (Chile), as well as several places here in the west with my son. I've recently started to road bike and really enjoy it, I can turn the world off for a little while and just think. My day job is a mix of dentistry and anesthesiology and I teach at a local dental hygiene college once a week. But like most people I look forward to the weekends and I really love any free time I have with my wife and family. Although I can't read music, I do like recording music in my basement, and making silly videos for my family. During school we've lived in Utah, Connecticut, California, and Arizona. We really liked Connecticut, my wife liked California better than I did. To me those places just represent the stress of school. I'm really glad we put in all that time to get through school, but I'm so glad to be done with that!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a large family here in the desert southwest. Over the years my large family has grown even larger as my siblings have married and as we have all started our own families. In addition, my wife's family has grown too. All counted, we currently number about 70! Our extended family reunions number over 300! These people are truly the most important things in my life. My heart is especially touched with my little nieces and nephews. Some live far away, some are closer, but these little angles add so much to my life! While my wife and I are still several years away from being grandparents (it's bizarre to even consider that notion!), we have recognized the feelings of intense love we feel for these little ones in our lives. As I get older and continue to gain life experiences, I cannot deny the importance of families and teaching children from a young age what is right and wrong. Our lives are full of choices, some are simple and of little importance, but some are critical and carry profound consequence. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us His will, gives us answers about how to live within His boundaries, and shows us our eternal potential if we follow His word. My testimony is strengthened knowing that I am a child of God, and that I'm an heir to my Father in Heaven as described in Romans, chapter 8. As much as I love my own children and all those little nieces and nephews, His love for me as one of His children gives me hope and strengthens my faith in this crazy world.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have served in many capacities in all the congregations we've been a part of. She's been in with the children's groups most of the time, and I've had many positions with the youth, particularly with the young men's groups and Scouting. Currently I serve as a counselor to our Bishop who oversees our ward/congregation. I've been doing that for several years now. As I've had the opportunity to work with the Bishop, my faith and testimony continue to grow. He is continually relied upon by the local members for spiritual and physical help and guidance, and I have been blessed to assist and be a part of that process. At my work, everyone knows that I am a member of the LDS Church, and I hope that I am living and acting in a way that brings honor and respect. I'm am so far from being perfect, I just hope that people can see that I am really trying to live a good, honest life, and that I'm trying to teach that to my kids as well.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Todd
To show respect for our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to dress up for our Sunday meetings. In general, that means dress shirts and ties with slacks for the men, and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Many men wear suit or sport coats. My wife was once asked if LDS women were required to wear dresses everyday, the answer is no...unless she wants to! We celebrate all traditional holidays and are encouraged to show respect for common religious holidays that are not of our faith. Christmas and Easter are especially significant as we can commemorate the birth, death, and Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. While Santa and the Easter Bunny always make these days exciting, memorable, and fun, we try to maintain a certain amount of focus on the real reasons for these seasons. Birthdays and anniversaries are always a big deal. National and regional holidays are also celebrated by church members in their respective countries of origin. Here in the U.S. we are encouraged to remember these special days, participate with the Pledge of Allegiance, and exercise our right to vote according to our own conscience. Show more Show less