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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in Utah. I recently got married. I am a middle school teacher. I love America.

About Me

I graduated college in December of 2011. I'm a middle school English and Social Studies teacher. I want to get a graduate degree in Education Administration and be a principal eventually. I love all sports and can talk to you about any of them in depth. I lived in Monterrey, Mexico for 2 years on my LDS mission, and loved it. I love to follow politics. I'm registered as an Independent, but I support President Obama. I am from a family of 6. I am the 2nd oldest child. My family taught me values I need to be a good citizen and human being. They aren't perfect, but I love them.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager being raised in a Mormon family. I knew that at one point I would be expected to serve an LDS mission to preach the gospel. I wasn't convinced myself that the LDS church was any different from any other Christian church. I knew it was good, like all churches. I believed in God and knew Christ is our Savior. But dedicating 2 years of my life to serve the Lord for this church was a big decision and I didn't take it lightly. When I was 18, I decided I would read the book that sets the LDS Church apart from other churches: The Book of Mormon. As I read it and applied it's teachings into my life, I realized I was feeling more peace and joy in my life than I ever had before. I had a desire to be a good human being and put aside selfish desires. I wanted to live a clean life and give service to those around me. I was, and am currently not anything near to being perfect, but I am trying. But after reading that book, I had a change in heart. I knew with even more certainty that God is real, and that Christ is our Savior. But now I knew that Joseph Smith Jr. had to be a true prophet, guided by the hand of God. He could not have written that book, nor could have any single man. The truths are so divine, much like the Bible. I invite everyone to read it with an open heart. I promise anyone who does, that they will experience those same feelings of joy and peace, as well as the surety that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, whose calling was to re-establish Christ's church again upon the Earth. While all churches are good, and bless many lives. I believe that this Church contains the fullness of the teachings of Jesus Christ. It answers the questions we all wonder about, like why are we here on Earth? Where did we come from? Where are we going after this life?

How I live my faith

President Thomas S. Monson, the leader of our church puts it best when he says, "Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be loved." I think it is import to be nonjudgmental of all people regardless of their economic level, sexual orientation, political beliefs, choice of lifestyle, religious beliefs, etc. This is how I live my faith. This is how I try to be more like Christ. I'm not perfect, and I struggle just as much as anyone at accepting everyone, but that is what I believe being more like Christ truly is.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. Many Mormons in the state of Utah are supporters of the Republican party. However, the church has no political affiliations and does not pressure us as members to vote for any candidates. I am actually an independent and support President Obama. Every church member still accepts me and treats me just like anyone else. Members of the church across the United States and the rest of the world have varying political affiliations and beliefs. Show more Show less