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Hi I'm Tim

I'm from Las Vegas. I'm a college kid, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Tim, and I'm a Mormon. I go to college, work full time, and like to scuba dive. My friends and family are (of course) the most important parts of my life, and I'm perfectly happy just spending time with them. I like to read, be in the snow, and do any sort of water sports. I hope to have a family someday and eventually get into the real estate business with my brothers and dad.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I lived the way any child or young teenager lives, regardless of the religion: based off of the testimonies of my parents. My dad, after being married for 12 years to my long-time member mother, was a convert to the Church, baptized when I was 8 years old and my brother was 10. As a kid, I loved the Church. I enjoyed Primary and all the songs and games, but I especially loved Young Men's (the organization for young men ages 12-17). But even with my love for the Church, I never really made a true attempt at investigating the doctrinal aspects of it or to find out if it was true or not. I just liked it. The time came for me to make that ever-looming decision of going on a mission. I actually decided against it at first, and went off to college. But after getting some life experience on my own in college, I made the decision to go on a mission. I didn't know a LOT of things, but I knew enough: I knew that life outside of the Gospel - for whatever reason - was not the life for me. And that was enough. It was on my mission that I had my own personal experiences and where the Holy Ghost (who testifies of all truth), made known to me that this Gospel was the true Gospel. It is about so much more than the "church" or being "the right or true religion"; no the picture is much bigger than that. If we want to live with our Heavenly Father some day, we need to know about Him, who He is, what His plan for us is, and how He wants us to get there - and we need to know the TRUTH. That's what this Gospel is. I know who my Father in Heaven is, I know who Jesus Christ is, I know how and why the Holy Ghost helps me in my life, and I have to tell you...there's nothing more peaceful than that knowledge.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith on two levels (both very important): on a personal level and on a community level. Personally, I love the scriptures. All of them. I read something from the scriptures every day, and it always helps me to start and end the day right. I also have a very deep-running, personal testimony of prayer, so it's easy for me to make it a habit. I try to further strengthen my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and with my Savior every day. On a community level, I just recently moved to a new city, so I don't have a calling yet (an assigned opportunity to serve within the church and the community). But to live the teachings of the Savior, you don't need an assignment. I always try to be a good Samaritan, helping others whenever I can in any way I can. I do what I can to share the happiness and peace I have found in my life.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

One of the most widely-known characteristics of the "Mormons" are that we don't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea, and that we don't smoke. This is all because of a commandment of God that we call the "Word of Wisdom". In 1 Corinthians chapters 3 and 6 in the Bible, Paul teaches us that our bodies are temples and that we should keep them clean and healthy. The Word of Wisdom simply tells us a few specific ways on HOW God wants us to do that. It was a commandment revealed to Joseph Smith in 1833 - long before anybody knew that those substances are bad for your health. The Word of Wisdom also tells us things that we SHOULD do, not just things that we shouldn't, and promises blessings for obedience (as do all commandments). If Joseph Smith was a prophet, then this commandment is God's will for mankind, regardless of the opinions of scientific statements (which often change with more time and research, especially in the food and health department) or public/personal opinion. Show more Show less