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Hi I'm Tadj

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud father of four kids. I have an amazing wife of 13 years and live close to much of my extended family. For that past 8 years I have struggled with the balance between career and family. I worked for a very large accounting firm focusing on corporate tax. Year round I felt guilt for the lack of time I spent with my family but felt the long hours were required in order to give my family all that they needed financially. I have often looked at the youth that I teach at church, and tell them if I they could only learn from my experience, they could find much more happiness and success. They tell me how the world has changed and their circumstances are so individual that my advice doesn’t apply to their lives. At the same time I hear from some older members how I will never regret hours missed at the office but may regret time missed in my children’s lives. My initial response was the same as those youth… the world has changed and my circumstances are different and I do not have that choice to work less hours. This last winter we had a snow storm that knocked out the power and kept me at home with out any connection to work. I took those three days to remind me what is truly important and that my family is kind of fun to hang out with. Since then I have found a new job that will hopefully allow me to spend more time being a husband and father. I would love to spend more time with them exploring more about my other hobbies of hiking and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. I was baptized at 8 years old and attended all the meetings good members should attend. Unfortunately I did not develop those personal habits of personal prayer of personal scripture reading that would really develop my own testimony. As I reached my teenage years other worldly things like money, stereos, girls and sports became my priority and my testimony and church activity fell further and further from my main concern. As I graduated high school I had no long term plans but was making good money for an 18 year old, had a girl friend and though life was going pretty well. My Mom and bishop would often question my plans and push for me to think about missionary service. I could not imagine giving up my income, my girlfriend and other things that I thought were so important for two whole years. In fact I started to avoid my bishop and my mom so they would not bring up this idea of a mission again. One Sunday my bishop caught up with me. I told him a mission was not for me. He agreed that if I would do one thing he would not bring it up ever again. All I would need to do is to go home and truly pray to find out if the church was true and if I should serve a mission. I asked if the same promise would apply to my mother as well and he told me he would have that conversation with her once I received my answer to my prayer. I was thrilled to have this pressure behind me and went home that night and prayed on my own for the first time in a long while. The answer to my prayer was so overwhelming that I knew beyond everything I had previously held that I had a loving heavenly father that loved me and wanted me to find true happiness and joy. I started preparing to serve that week and within a few months I had my mission call. My mission helped me develop my own testimony of all aspects of the gospel and taught me how those daily personal habits of prayer, scripture study and church service really leads to more happiness a joy.

How I live my faith

I really believe that we have a loving heavenly father who loves us and wants us to find happiness and joy here in this life. I also believe that he can uses each of us to help others find that happiness and joy. I fell that as I live my life like I should I am closer to my father and redeemer and I can feel of their promptings to say and do little things for people in my life. I have found that following these promptings and serving others not only can bring others happiness, but also fills my heart with joy. I love serving the youth, cub scouts and scouts. The are an amazing generation and face new and troubling challenges that I think they can conquer if they stay close to the Lord.