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Hi I'm Todd

I'm a sports fan, nerd, father, and husband and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of seven, my mother and father, three brothers and a sister. I grew up in the Central Valley of California among the walnut orchards and tomato fields. Growing up in a home full of boys, I was raised loving sports. I will play or watch just about any sport. I love to watch San Francisco Giants baseball, BYU football, play a round of golf or shoot some hoops. I enjoy running, biking and hiking. I also enjoy Rock and Roll music and reading good books, my favorites being those by J.R.R. Tolkien. Upon graduating high school I went away to school and after one semester left on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a missionary I learned Spanish and upon returning to school I studied Spanish and Economics. After graduating I moved to the Madison, Wisconsin area to work for a software company. Shortly after arriving in Wisconsin, I became a father.

Why I am a Mormon

Most people assume that I am a Mormon because my parents are Mormons. It's true that my parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (as were their parents and their parents, etc), but I have chosen to be a Mormon just as they did. Growing up, almost none of my friends were Mormons. As a youngster I often found myself jealous of the seemingly free lives of my friends. Their parents let them do so much more than my parents. They never had to go visit "old people," go to "boring" church, do "geeky" things at youth night, watch their language, or worry about leaving everything behind to go on a mission. It seemed that the restrictions of being Mormon were holding me back. One summer I experienced several injuries that prevented me from doing much of anything. All I could do was sit around and wait to heal. It was during this time that I learned that I had to rely on Jesus Christ. I learned that He is our Savior, that He wants to help and heal us, and that He expects a lot from us. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer but we should also make Him our master. He has given us so much and we should give Him our all by following His teachings. I know that my testimony of Christ has been strengthened as I have studied the words of the Book of Mormon and listened to the words of modern day prophets. I am a Mormon because I know that this is truly the church of Jesus Christ and its teachings will lead me to do as He would do and to prepare to live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

In the book of James chapter 1 verse 27 we read, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." This is how I try to live my faith, by trying to live a selfless life that lifts others and by so doing lifts my own spirit. Everything Christ did in His life was to help others. He loved, He served, He taught. I try to follow His example in caring for others. Sometimes it is as simple as calling an old friend or making dinner for my wife. Sometimes it involves helping a neighbor move or writing letters to corporations asking them not to use slave labor in their production process. Other times it is opening the Bible or the Book of Mormon and sharing the word of God or bearing witness of the Savior. The call to serve others is one that we all have and it is among the greatest blessings in this life. As I serve, I feel the power of the Lord in my life. It purifies me and helps me to think clean thoughts, avoid scandalous media and use clean language. The Spirit of the Lord helps me to avoid harmful substances such as tobacco, drugs or alcohol and to have a healthy lifestyle. It helps me feel peace in the wild world in which we live. The spirit lifts me up and bears me through trials. I am far from perfect but I know that the Lord wants me to be happy and has shown us the way. If we try to do all that He asks of us, He will help us and forgive us.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Todd
There are things that happen in life, little things, that tell me there is a God. These little things are so perfect, so incredible that they can not be the happenstance outcomes of chance. They fill us with love and peace. These things happen all the time. These things could include an incredible sight from the top of a mountain, the perfect timing of a call from a long lost friend, a miraculous recovery, holding a newborn child, or even something sad like the loss of a loved one, but when these things happen you feel and know that there is something greater behind them. These things may be simple but they speak of more than just the mere existence of a God, but of a loving God, a loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less