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Hi I'm Brock Stoddard

I grew up in the Snake River Plain in Idaho. I teach economics at Appalachian State University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for almost 8 years. My wife and I first met in high school going to local punk rock shows. We still enjoy listening to music together. We have 2-year-old and 6-year-old sons. I have always enjoyed watching and playing sports. I was known as a "junk" in high school because I was part "jock" and part "punk." I earned my Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. I am a professor at Appalachian State University.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my experiences reading the Book of Mormon. I gained a testimony of Christ by reading the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon clearly taught me about His sacrifice for my sins. The Book of Mormon taught me that the greatest happiness comes from being an instrument in the hands of the Lord. The Spirit testified to me that Jesus was the Christ, the Book of Mormon was true, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I have continued to be a Mormon because as I have lived the Gospel taught in this Church I have continued to have answers to my prayers, I have had experiences when I know God has intervened in my life, and have had spiritual experiences in the temple.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the examples and teachings I read about as I study the scriptures. Service is a theme that comes up often in the scriptures. I serve the members in our congregation and community by volunteering with missionary efforts. This involves visiting members of the congregation in their homes. It also involves coordinating visits with missionaries to teach people the gospel. For instance, while teaching a new member in our congregation more about the gospel, we found out that he was struggling financially. We then helped him secure extra work to help pay his bills. My favorite part of this service is letting the members know that we are thinking of them and that our Savior loves them. At work, I live my faith by trying to be cheerful and friendly. My faith brings me a lot of happiness and I want to let it show. The most important way I live my faith is by being the best possible husband and father. I am busy with work, but I try to help around the house and play with my son when I am home. A quote I think about often is, "No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home."