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Hi I'm Tim

I have five kids and an alligator. I live in New York City. I'm an architect, a toy designer, and a professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to run in the mornings, and when the kids get up that early I often take them in the stroller, I think the most I've ever pushed at once is four. On Saturdays we go to the Farmer's Market and buy apples and apple cider donuts. It can be quite a load coming home. My wife, one son, and I moved to the big city 10 years ago so I could get my master's degree in architecture and we got stuck. Now we have three daughters and a second son here. I love our neighborhood and our many good neighbors. My wife home schools our kids during the day which is challenging but lets our kids pursue things that interest them. Our eldest son recently built a robot to feed our alligator with help from a high school student from our church. Our eldest daughter loves reading and is currently loving "Little Women". I work as an architect and 3d renderer, doing my own projects and I do work for a firm downtown. I also co-founded a toy company and designed solar powered modern dollhouses that are sold at FAO Schwartz, and one burned up in a Nelly music video. I'm a college professor and teach Urban Design and Planning students graphic design skills and programs like Photoshop and SketchUp. Its fun to see them develop into artists.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and taught me that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers, and taught me to pray. I prayed to ask if the Book of Mormon was the word of God and I received an answer that it was. I've also prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if Thomas S Monson is the prophet today and received a similar answer. I find that the scriptures (The Bible and The Book of Mormon) have answers to the challenges I face. Its uncanny, almost like the words change sometimes. I can't number the times I've prayed for guidance in a particular matter and then found the answer while reading the scriptures the next day or so. The members of my congregation strive to be like Jesus Christ and that makes me want to be like Him as well. None of us are perfect so seeing other make mistakes, repent, and try again is inspiring to me. Our congregation is amazing, too. I love to tell friends what a diverse set of talents they have. One Sunday School teacher leads a team that oversees the national AP exams, and has a gift for making sunday school lessons relevant and inspiring to my life today. Our women's group leader is Filipino/Iranian who has worked for the UN, and has such concern for the sisters in our ward. Another member skateboarded across the United States, another teaches dance to leper colonies in India. One brother saves the world's economy on a daily basis and another played an important role in devising algorithms for the next generation of processors. We have opera singers, violinists, costume designers, organists and pianists, painters, graphic artists and photographers, book editors and school teachers, social workers, counselors, law and medical students, nurses, doctors and post-docs. We even have a boxer and a cage fighter. Its so interesting to interact with them and see how they try to do the work of the Savior in their own way. Who wouldn't want to spend time with such people?

How I live my faith

I was asked to serve as the Bishop, the leader of our congregation. Its a volunteer position and although it takes quite a bit of time during the week the blessings that come from it far outweigh the investment. We do many community events in our building: Art shows, clothing exchanges, blood drives, cub scouts and boy scouts, yoga, dodgeball, orchestra concerts. We've painted park benches and fences and picked up trash. We recently hosted a flea market fundraiser for several local businesses after a fire, and it was so fun to hang out with With the help of my two counselors I determine what roles to invite other members of the congregation to serve in. We extend a "calling" to members of the congregation and do our best to train and support them as Sunday School teachers, librarians, leaders the youth organization and hundreds of other things. I organize our Sunday Worship Service, called a Sacrament Meeting. I rarely speak in these meetings; its typical that member of the congregation are the speakers. Choosing who will speak requires prayer and pondering but is rarely a challenge because everyone in the congregation is up to something interesting and striving to become like Jesus Christ. I meet with members who have sinned or run into other difficulties in life. We work on how to let the Atonement of Jesus Christ help them to repent and become more like Him. I often give blessings when members need them, or counsel couples having marital challenges, or determine how best to help members in financial need, and many other things. Through meeting with them I've seen just how powerful the Love of Our Heavenly Father is for His children on this earth. I've seen it heal people through hundreds of different challenges.