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Hi I'm Tim

I grew up in Rexburg, Idaho, I went to college in Logan, Utah, I'm a Spanish speaking missionary in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission for the church and loving it! I will be a full time student studying to be a special education teacher with two more semesters of college left when I return. Before my mission I went to college for four years, as well as being a youth counselor for four years. I love being outside, rock climbing, camping, hiking, white water rafting, traveling, as well as competing in triathlons. I also love helping other people, learn, grow, and reach their potential.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Rexburg, Idaho but never really believed in the church growing up. I finally gained my own testimony when I was 21 years old. The next two years were really hard in my life and I made some bad decisions. Through these decisions I came to realize that I needed the Savior in my life. I realized that God really does love us, care about us, and know us. Since then I have had to make some hard decisions in my life, such as changing friends. But it has all been worth it, even though some days it's harder than others. I didn't take the easy way but I got here none the less and that's what matters. There are always hard things in life but I have realized how important it is to have eternal perspective and remember that our trials on earth really are short and God can always help us. As one of my friends once said, "God is the ONLY person with the resources to help us with any problem."

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving a Spanish speaking mission for the church in Fresno, California. Before my mission I just tried to be a good person and set a good example for those that would be watching me. Especially my younger brothers and sisters. After my mission I will hopefully continue to set a good example and serve people when and how I can. Through traveling I have seen how blessed I am to be living here in the United States and want to give back. That is part of the reason I am going into teaching, so I can set an example and hopefully change peoples lives for the better.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Tim
Ya. We know that God never changes right? So if he always worked through prophets in the Bible, why would it be any different now? God still loves us and so he gives us a prophet to lead and guide us and help us to return to live with him and our families forever. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tim
The reasons we do baptisms for the dead is because we know that there is an after life. We also know that Christ taught that everyone needs to be baptized. It wouldn't be very fair if people who didn't have the chance to be baptized in this life were left out of Gods plan. So God gave us the opportunity to preform baptisms for the dead on behalf of the deceased. It allows the person the opportunity to accept the gospel after this life, even if they didn't have the chance while on the earth. It talks about this being done in the New Testament in 1Corinthians 15. By having baptisms for the dead know again, it gives hope to everyone living or deceased. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Tim
With tithing. It's crazy what the church can do with us faith paid tithing huh?!? Missionaries pay for their own missions, and the rest of the money comes from donations. The church also has a lot of farms, vineyards, and other agricultural facilities with doesn't "fund" anything but it allows the church to help out in times of natural disasters and emergencies. In my mission the church owns a huge grape vineyard for instance and we go work there for free a few times a year and then the church can donate everything from the vineyard to people that need help. But as far as just the money part goes. It's all from faithful donations. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Tim
We do have the Bible and the Bible is the word of God, as long as it is translated correctly. But here's how I look at it. There's one God right? And do you think he wants all this confusion about what church is true? Nope, with just the Bible there's a lot of churches. 450,000 registered churches just in the United States! But when you take the Book of Mormon with the Bible, It gives a second witness of what is true. And so it clarifies everything, and all the confusion there is with just the Bible leaves. The Book of Mormon is what cancels out the confusion and was needed, and allowed the restoration to take place. Show more Show less