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Hi I'm Todd

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a musician. I'm an elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to laugh, I love to make other people laugh, and I love music. I love spending time with my family. I love living the gospel, and seeing the blessings it brings. When I can combine my love for all of these things, that is when I am at my happiest. Growing up in California has given me a unique perspective on life and on my religious beliefs. Most of my friends are not of my faith. Most of my daily conversations with others have little or no direct connection to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even so, there is a subtle yet powerful peace that I feel each day. I know that my Father in Heaven is watching over me, guiding me, and protecting me. And I know that he is aware of the needs of those around me. I was raised by a single mother, and I have a sister who is ten years older than me. We were always very poor as to material things, but the three of us shared plenty of love and great experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because without that part of me, I am lost. Without the daily reassurance of the Holy Spirit I am simply meandering around this planet looking for something to pass the time. I am a 'Mormon' because I know that my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ are real, and that they love me. I furthermore know that they have designed a way for me to return to live with them, and to live with my family for eternity. I can think of no greater gift than knowing that I will be able to be with my Father in Heave, His son Jesus Christ, my wife, my children, and all of my other faithful family members for the entirety of my existence. I cannot imagine my life without them. I am a member of the LDS church because I know that it is God's pure doctrine, that the priesthood power of God is on the earth and in this church, and that there is a prophet of God at the head of this church. The Holy Spirit has born witness of this in a way that my whole heart, body, mind, and soul cannot, and will not deny it. Come what may, I am a member of Christ's church because I know that it is only in and through him that I may one day be saved in His Kingdom. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is where He has revealed the fullness of His Gospel.

How I live my faith

I have lived my faith in a number of ways throughout my life, including serving a full-time mission in Southern Georgia and South Carolina. I live my faith by praying and studying the scriptures daily on my own and with my wife. I live my faith by serving in various church "callings" where I can use my time to help the church prosper in my local area. I live my faith by paying an honest tithe of ten percent of my increase, and living the law of the fast. I live my faith by honestly trying to do better today than I did yesterday. I value the faith I have, and hope I can increase in my faith each day. I truly believe that no one on this earth is perfect. We are ALL in need of each other's support and kindness. At times I have felt judged or mistreated by those around me. It can be difficult to get past these hurt feelings. I live my faith my recognizing that these hurt feelings can be erased and transformed into feelings of peace and hope through the power of Jesus Christ and his infinite Atonement. This brings me great peace in dealing with many imperfect people, who are linked together by this perfect Gospel. I would ask that you remember this in your dealings with members of this church. We do not claim to be perfect, nor should we, but we do claim to know the way to perfection in and through the one perfect being who ever walked this earth, even Jesus Christ. I know he lives, and I live my faith by striving to live a little more like him each day.