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Hi I'm Tim

I teach English, play any sport, read constantly, and collect hats. I love to laugh and look at things my own way. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love language. I love to find out where words come from, put them together, and even say them backwards. I have written a fine collection of half-finished poems. I also study languages--I'm fluent in Spanish, I survive with rudimentary Portuguese, and I can make an absolute fool out of myself in French or Mandarin Chinese. But I've learned to tolerate being a fool. It can come in handy. Especially when you're teaching junior high, which is what I attempt to do for a profession, sometimes successfully. It's horribly difficult, but also a lot of fun. The students are fascinating and enjoyable to work with, and I love the moments when I see them learning. When I'm not teaching, I love to get out and hike or camp. I play sports all the time: basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, softball, racquetball, golf, ping-pong, whatever. I'm not particularly good at any of them, but who needs to be good? My goal in life is to raise a happy family, help the students I teach find success, and write things that will make people smile and think. I'm hoping that you're doing at least one of the two right now....

Why I am a Mormon

It's tragic when someone loses a life. I'm not talking about death, though. I think that many people lose their life, and the power and purpose their life could have, because they never choose what they believe. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives my life purpose, and I find power in that. It's a power that affects my vision. I see myself as a part of an important plan. I see my life as a meaningful, important quest. And I see Jesus Christ as my leader, example, and Savior. I have seen so many times how following Him has made my life joyful. I've also seen how stepping away from His teachings leads to sorrow and remorse. Seeing how the church of Jesus Christ, established today just like Christ did when He walked the Earth, has blessed me and my family, I want to share it with others. Following the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ will give you true purpose. It will give you peace and happiness, even during times of hardship. You will find that Gospel in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come and see.

How I live my faith

I've made a covenant, or promise, to follow Jesus Christ. This means that I steer myself away from the bitterness of holding grudges, judging others, and wasting myself in self-centered pursuits. Instead, I try to befriend others, help people in need, and share my knowledge and faith. When I fail at these things, which is often, I seek help from Jesus Christ, and I pick myself up with faith that his power can both make me clean and make me stronger next time. Following Christ means more than simply adopting a creed, though. During Christ's lifetime, he called on his disciples to spend their time and energy building His kingdom. They traveled, met with other disciples, taught, and served. It's no different today. My service is not as spectacular as Peter's or Paul's, but I do everything I can. One of my assignments (we call them "callings,") is to be a home teacher. I visit members of my congregation, share gospel-centered messages with them, and help them out in any way I can. Home teachers also visit me and give me the same service. This is one way that everyone in the church gets taken care of, and it also gives all of us a chance to serve. I believe that serving others is one of the best ways to grow closer to God.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

When Jesus Christ and his disciples worshipped alone, they could pray in a field, closet, or anywhere. When they worshipped in their community, they went to a synagogue. Even though these places and possibilities for worship abounded, there was one other place that was set apart as a most holy place of worship. This was the temple. Those who served and worshipped in the temple would prepare themselves carefully and go in order to pray and recommit themselves to following God. As a result of their worship, they sometimes saw miracles. Sometimes they were simply strengthened. When He restored the Gospel to the Earth, God also restored this special place of worship. There are now temples all over the world. When a disciple of Christ wants to pray and worship deeply, he or she can go to the temple. Just as before, careful spiritual preparation is needed. And just as before, the temple can be a great source of blessings, bringing us closer to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less