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Hi I'm Ted

I'm retired Army, own my own business and a musician... and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am married, father of 4, grandfather of 1. I retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2002 after 8 years of Active Duty, and 9 years in the National Guards of 3 states (Utah, Idaho & Wisconsin). During my military service, I served as a parachute rigger, radio operator and artillery. I now own my own Sendout Cards Distributorship, as well as teach and play guitar (bass, electric & acoustic). Out of the three kinds of guitar, my first love is Bass. I love to work with teenagers both in the church and teaching guitar! They seem to like me to, so it works out pretty well.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people think that those of us who were raised LDS aren't really "converts", but nothing could be further from the truth. I was born of goodly parents, but that only means my wonderful parents knew the LDS Church was true. Like all good parents, they taught me the things that are important to them, but as you well know, we aren't little carbon copies of our parents. A testimony isn't about what we're taught, it's about what we know to be true. For me, it was a long and sometimes rocky lesson. It was about trial and error mostly. I tried living the way of the world, and well, it wasn't until I realized I was happiest during the times I was living the Gospel that I realized the error. When it comes right down to it, there are only 4 things you have to know to be LDS. 1) There is a God, and He is our Father in Heaven. 2) Jesus Christ is our Savior; the only name under heaven by which mankind can be saved. 3) Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. 4) The current prophet (Thomas S. Monson) is a prophet of God. The rest is just details.

How I live my faith

Living the Gospel is now a daily way of life for me. It isn't about what I can't do, it's about what I get to do. It means I get to help the teenagers in our ward (congregation) when I get a chance. It means I get to pray, read all the books of scriptures available to us (Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price). It means I get to be in church with some of the most awesome people you'll ever meet. It means I get to listen to a prophet of God, and apostles of the Lord, Jesus Christ twice a year at General Conference. It means I get to live my addiction to serving other! (we are, after all, a church of service). It also means that my wonderful wife, great children and I have the opportunity to be a family forever!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Absolutely not. There is nothing in our teachings or doctrine that leads one to believe that our love for serving others is (or should be) confined to only helping other members of our faith. As a member of the US Army, and Army National Guard, some of my favorite deployments were disaster recovery operations. Whether it was hurricanes, floods, fires or even emergency snow removal, the local LDS wards were always part of the response. None of the LDS volunteers went around asking to make sure the people they were serving were Mormons. We are taught that Charity is the "pure love of Christ". That means our charity work is available to all who Christ loves... in other words, everyone. Show more Show less