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Hi I'm Timothy Padilla

I grew up in Maryland right by Washington D.C. I am a painter, a missionary, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a person who will always strive to learn more. I want to know how to build a car, design a house, learn to teach children, or play every instrument known to mankind, and learn how God created this beautiful earth. I am fascinated with physics, and anything logical. My passion is to paint, I love the beauty that is around us and every time I pick up a pencil to draw I get to know the world better. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters, a wonderful mother and father; I have gone to college for a short semester with a major in studio art. I have worked in theaters in stage crew, and played jazz guitar with a band. I am now a missionary in the California Fresno Mission and will return home in a short 2 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I Was blessed enough to be born into a family that were strong members of the church. I have seen the blessings that come from living life worthy of entering into the Temple, and eventually entering into Gods presence. The message of the restoration and Gods plan for us invites so much hope and peace. I found myself struggling in school for a little while for being a part of the church and being away from my family. It is not easy. Being a disciple of Christ requires more sacrifice than anything else in this life, it requires all of you. I found myself not knowing whether this gospel was true. I have never doubted it before. At that moment I started to search I spent some time walking around the temple and I realized all of the blessings that came from my parents going to the temple. I had a family, I had opportunity, I had joy. There was no reason from that point on to doubt only reason to continue to sacrifice. And so now I am serving a full time mission, hopefully I will be able to share the peace and happiness that comes from Jesus Christ with everyone around me. I know that this gospel is true, and I know that all of us need it to find true joy in this life. I know that the temple is the house of God, And I know that God calls prophets, he called them, he calls them, and he will call more.

How I live my faith

I have never had too much responsibility in the church until now as a full time missionary, although I made it my responsibility that everyone who was around me knew that I was indeed a part of the church that was established by Christ during His ministry. The first or second drawing I ever drew was the Washington D.C. temple, after that I drew and painted it countless times, I drew people’s attention to it as much as possible. I displayed my art in the art room I spent most of my high school day in. When I was trained enough, I began to paint the Savior, and angels, even Biblical stories. I posted the art online on a blog to show my testimony in our Savior, and the priesthood power that is here on the earth. I have painted the temple a countless number of times, and I am not done yet.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Timothy Padilla
Every worthy person should strive to serve, not only on missions but in all that they do. Jesus Christ wants us to know the blessings that come from serving others. As a fulltime missionary I have been set apart to teach others and serve them as he would every day, all day, and it is the greatest opportunity that any Christian could ever wish for. As a full time missionary I get to see the change in others that I would not have the opportunity to see otherwise. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action, and so the church strongly promotes that we all act upon the principles of the gospel that we are so privileged to have in these latter days, so that we can receive all of the blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for us. It is our responsibility to share the restored gosple with the world. Show more Show less