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Hi I'm Timothy

I am from Utah. I have lived in to Brazil, Korea, and Germany. I am a husband, father, and a veteran. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and loved it. I am a father of 3 and married to the most amazing and talented young lady. I was active duty in the Army for over 7 years. I was able to travel around the world and experience some amazing things. Due to an injury, I decided to end my military service and return to school. I graduated from Cochise College in 2012 and I am now a full time student at a good university. I love learning languages and getting to know people from around the world. I speak Portuguese, Korean, and Spanish. I love cycling.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember my father talking to me about my decision to be baptized. At the time, my parents were not members of the church. He wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing and that it was really my decision. He made me wait a few months after my 8th birthday before giving permission. My father taught me a good lesson then. The decision was mine and I was baptized. As I grew friends and other distractions became more important to me and I stopped attending church. My senior year of high school, I had some experiences that made me feel I needed to find out if God existed and that I needed to find out soon. I began reading the Bible and religious texts from various faiths. After a while, I felt prompted to try praying daily. Eventually I picked up the Book of Mormon. One Sunday, I felt I should try attending LDS church services. I went, but didn't know anyone except my neighbor, a little old lady in her 70's. I sat with her. I continued attending for weeks, praying often about what faith I should follow. One regular Sunday church meeting I received my answer. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of warmth and love. I heard distinctly in my mind, "What you are learning here is true." I was a teenage boy with tears rolling down my face and I didn't care who saw them. I had found the truth. The next thought that came to me was my own. I couldn't keep this truth to myself. I began inviting my father to join me at church every Sunday. Eventually he came and I shared my joy with him.

How I live my faith

I have learned that the way to improve my life is through service to others. I strive to implement this in my life. The church provides me with many opportunities to serve others. I try to fulfill any task I am given by my church leaders. Through service, I have learned to really "love my neighbor." While visiting with those I am privileged to serve, I get to hear their amazing stories. I think I get more out of helping others than they get from me.