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Hi I'm Tim

I grew up in Alaska. I am studying history. I work as a writing advisor. I love comic books and JRR Tolkien. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love history. I have always wanted to be a history professor since I was in 8th grade. Right now I am studying history and anthropology so that I can do that. My emphasis is Mesoamerican history. A large reason for that emphasis is probably due to my wife. My wife is from Mexico. We have been married for just over a year and since meeting her I have become even more interested in Latin America, particularly Mexico. Other things that I enjoy include singing, playing the guitar, and reading, particularly comic books and Tolkien novels. I am a huge fan of the X-Men. I also love movies. I have my own blog where I review superhero movies, a combination of two of my favorite things. I also love to learn languages and travel as much as possible. I currently speak Spanish and Portuguese and while I have only been to one country outside of the United States (Mexico) I have a huge bucketlist of places I'd love to travel to.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason of why I am a Mormon is simple: I was born one. My parents were both converts to the church and raised my whole family in the Church. The question to why I have remained a Mormon is slightly more complicated. As I have grown up in the church my parents encouraged me to question the Church and to decide for myself if it was something that I believed. While I can not point to anyone moment where I all of a sudden knew the church was true, I do think that I have come to the realization several times in my youth that I didn't need a grandiose conversion experience. I believed the Church to be true through small experiences throughout my life. From taking part in church services on a weekly basis to reading the scriptures and feeling the spirit prick my heart. I have had questions from occasion to occasion about doctrines of the church, but I have tackled these doubts as they have come up and relied upon my testimony that Jesus is the Christ and that he has called a prophet in our days. I have read both the Book of Mormon and the Bible in their entirety and have had the spirit bare witness to me that they contain the words of God. I know that we have a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, and that by the power of the Holy Ghost we can receive genuine inspiration from God that will direct us in our search for truth.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is an every day experience. It is a culmination of prayer and scripture study. It includes spending time with my family, visiting the temple, and fulfilling my callings within the Church. Also, I try and do what is right. I look for opportunities to help others, to smile at those I meet in the street, and share my testimony when the moment is right. In my congregation, I am called to lead the music and to pick the music that we will sing in church on a weekly basis. Also, I occasionally perform special musical numbers or encourage others to do so. I feel like music, especially hymns, provide a meaningful and highly expressive way to share one's testimony, invite the Spirit, and praise God.