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Hi I'm Todd Giblette

I'm a Mormon. I'm also a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a youth leader in my church. I believe in Jesus Christ.

About Me

I live near Denver in a little town called Elizabeth that just got a new WalMart just a couple years ago. We settled here a few years ago after looking for a place we could live where my young daughter could raise her chickens. They let you do that here. My wife and I were married in 1983, and we have six children. The four oldest are now married. The two oldest are boys. We have a single daughter in college studying Anthropology, and our youngest will soon be a sophomore in high school. We have six grandchildren and our married daughter who lives in San Antonio with her husband and toddler son are expecting their 2nd son in a month or so. I graduated with a college degree in Computer Science Engineering over 20 years ago. After working for many companies, I eventually opened my own business with my wife and we now run it full-time. It's a bittersweet thing to own your own business. The good news is you don't have to punch a time clock. The bad news is you have to go to bed thinking about your business. I like it, though, and I think we're going to do okay.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Minnesota in 1960 to a family that eventually had nine children. I was number 5...Smack dab in the middle. I was unique in the sense that I was the first in my family to be born into the LDS Church, the Mormon Church, or as it is formally called, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents had been converted in the late fifties by two young missionaries who stepped off from a bus in a little village called Wadena. These young men started knocking doors and encountered my mother in the middle of the day. She asked that they return in the evening when my dad returned from his bricklaying job. They were taught by these young men and eventually baptized, along with their children who were already 8 years old. I wasn't born yet, obviously. I had the benefit of growing up in my church and being taught things about Jesus Christ and his glorious Gospel plan. There came a time, though when I was a teenager, when I had to learn for myself whether the things I had been taught were true. I prayed to know that they were at the tender age of 14, and the Lord answered my prayer and gave me the feeling that it was all true. As a consequence, I chose at the age of 19 to go on a mission for my church for two years. They called me to a mission in north central Argentina. I had many wonderful and difficult experiences in those two years, and I also was lucky to see the conversions of many people. When I came home from my mission, I eventually met a girl in Texas who changed my life. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1983. It hasn't been easy -- just ask my wife. I will tell you that I was promised by God when I was 15 that I would have a family that would not only be a blessing to me but would also be a blessing to the Lord. I have already seen that promise come true. What I consider to be important in my life centers on my family and my belief that I will live eternally with them in the presence of God if I am faithful.

How I live my faith

I try to do my best at fulfilling the important roles I play in my life. In addition to being a husband, a father, and a grandfather, I am also a youth leader in my church. I am also what's called a home teacher. I visit a small group of members of my local congregation on a monthly basis, or at least I try to. The purpose is to see how they're doing, teach them short messages from our leaders, and try to help them if I can. My companion, Bill, is a semi-retired man whose children are grown up. We both hold something called the priesthood of God. We believe that it has been given to us by other men who hold authority from Him to act in His name. The purpose of the priesthood is to use its authority and power to bless other people's lives. Home teaching is one way we do that. I also work with the young men in our congregation, or "ward," as it is called. I specifically work with young men between the ages of 16 to 18. We try to do fun stuff on a regular basis and also do Venturing, which is a level of Scouting for young people of that age. We are planning what is called a "high adventure" that we will carry out in July. We're going to backpack into some high mountains for a few days to fish, explore, and enjoy wildlife and outdoors. I'm really looking forward to it, as are the young men who will go with me and another couple leaders. I also work with these young men to prepare them to serve full-time missions, as I did, when they're at least 19 years of age. I consider my mission to be one of the best decisions of my life. I hope our young men will get to go. I hope they go with conviction to serve Jesus Christ and to spread His gospel. One of His teachings is the principle of repentance. We all make mistakes -- Jesus paid for our sins through his atoning blood. We can have those sins erased if we have faith in what He did for us. I have seen lives changed by this principle. True happiness is the result of this change. Christ leads the way.