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Hi I'm Tobin

I'm a world traveler, husband, father of 5, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to a large family, spent the first half of my childhood in a rural farm community, and the second half in the city. As a young child, I played outside and learned to love and appreciate the beauty of all God's creations. My siblings were my closest friends and I learned to love and appreciate family. Spending my teenage years in a city taught me how to appreciate and find common ground with people from diverse backgrounds. City life also taught me the importance of friendship and community service. The death of my mother when I was 10 put me on a path to find answers to the purpose of life. I have spent my life seeking truth and looking for God's hand in everything. I got my first taste of international travel when I was 19 and have craved it since. I love to explore countries that are foreign to me and to experience new cultures. My biggest desire in life has been to be a husband and father. Life has knocked me to my knees a few times and I know what it is like to be a grown man and to be starting life all over again. I am a happily married man and father to four. I love music and being outdoors. I love being surrounded by loved ones. I have learned the truth in Ralph Waldo Emerson's saying: "Life is a journey, not a destination."

Why I am a Mormon

Though the death of my mother started me on a journey to seek truth, I never questioned why I believed what I did until I was 18, was living far from home, and was questioned daily about my beliefs by co-workers. I realized that I didn't know why I believed these things and I began reading the scriptures and praying about their truthfulness. Through searching the scriptures and praying for answers, I have come to know that the principles on which my beliefs rest are true. On many occasions I have felt the warmth the Holy Ghost brings to my heart when my prayers are answered. Now when I am asked why I believe these things, I can answer that it is because my heart has burned with the truthfulness of them each time I ask God. I don't always know how to best explain these feelings, but I know that they come from God and are direct answers to sincere prayer. I know that God has a plan for each of us and that He wants everybody to know that plan and the truth of all things. I know that God answers prayers and is waiting to answer the sincere prayers of everybody who seeks Him.

How I live my faith

I believe that all humankind are children of God, whether they believe in Him and His plan for us or not. As brothers and sisters, I feel a need to assist others through whatever means I may have been blessed by God. I have enjoyed serving others through participation in the Boy Scouts of America, where I have served my community and helped to build character in our future leaders. At 19, I chose to dedicate two years of my life to serving a full-time volunteer mission. As a missionary, I enjoyed visiting the elderly, watering bok choy fields, teaching English, and teaching other seekers of truth about God's plan for us. I currently enjoy volunteering in my community in various ways and teaching Sunday School lessons to others in my church. Regularly visiting other members in our local congregations and generally helping anyone we come across who is in need, is a duty each Mormon takes on. If you don't believe me, find a Mormon and see for yourself!