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Hi I'm Tim.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Texas since 1960 and am about to turn 60. By profession I am a chemical engineer and work in Houston/Bellaire for an international engineering and construction company. My secular passions encompass ripperology, history (of all kinds), writing, old films, forteana, and firearms. Due to advancing age and a foolishly misspent youth, my sports days are behind me. I'm married, with one adult son, and have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since 2003.

Why I am a Mormon

I had never been around Mormons at all for most of my life, although LDS missionaries did come calling once when I lived in West Texas. In 1996, by a series of events, I began dating a woman who has been a Mormon her entire life. I was then recently divorced, as was she, and we quickly found that we were right for one another. I began attending church with her, as I had been 'unchurched' from the Baptist faith for many years, and, after almost seven years, I began praying for revelation as to whether or not I should join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In response to my prayerful request, I began having a series of dreams about church matters past, present, and future, which proved to be accurate and prophetic, so much so that I was convinced that this faith was true and right for me. I was baptized in Spring 2003 and have advanced into the Priesthood. I can honestly say that I have never been happier with a decision that I made, outside of deciding to propose to my wife.

How I live my faith

I take my responsibilities seriously, and my duties in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are no exception. I and my partner visit the families assigned to us for home teaching regularly. I do volunteer work and participate in service projects sanctioned by the Church as often as I can, I am currently a member of the Bishopric and have been a Sunday School President and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has made me a better person and has brought me closer to God. While still far from perfect, I have made improvements in numerous aspects of my life, and I have my wife and the LDS Church to thank for that.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

While Mormons certainly take care of their own, they do not hesitate to help others in need. Many male church members volunteered to aid those adversely affected by Hurricanes Ike and Katrina, even though these acts required leaving the area or even the state. These men aided entire neighborhoods, not just those of a particular faith, and no one in need was turned away. The Houston peanut butter factory owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints makes regular runs of peanut butter for charities and food banks across the state, all free of charge. Bishops that oversee a Ward (a designated area in which there is an LDS Church chapel) oversee everyone it in, regardless of their faith or church affiliation, and I and many other church members have often been called to help someone who was not a member of the church. The response in these cases was no less enthusiastic than it would have been for a lifelong church member in need. Show more Show less