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Hi I'm Todd

I was born on the east coast, but grew up on the west coast. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I met while in high school at a regional youth conference dance. Five years later, we met again in college. I am a now a father to seven children, six sons and one daughter. I started my family while still in college. My wife finished college while seven months pregnant with our second child. I went on to complete a masters program in business. I have worked in healthcare for nearly fifteen years. I love riding "off-road" motorcycles with my wife, children and buddies. I look forward to eventually owning a street motorcycle. I enjoy playing and coaching various sports. I have coached park and recreation leagues for about a decade. I had the opportunity to coach basketball at the high school level for two years. I love the Scouting Movement. My wife and I have served in various scouting callings or positions over the last fifteen years. There is something very special about being in the outdoors, it is truly God's classroom. We tent camp as a family several times each year. I strive to tent camp with each child every year--sometimes it takes two years to camp with all of them. The one on one campouts with my children have become a favorite activity of mine.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's mother babysat children of a Latter-day Saint family. This family invited my grandmother to learn more about the church. She was drawn to the church by its focus on the family. My father was baptized. He later enlisted as a corpsman in the Navy. He met my mother at a hospital--she was a nurse. They were married shortly there after and moved from the east coast to the west coast. Upon reaching our house on the west coast, we needed help to move in, especially my mother's large piano. With not family nor friends around, she somewhat sarcastically suggested that my father ask the Mormons to help us move in. He did just that. He contacted the Bishop of the local ward or congregation and they gathered about twenty people who completely moved our family in. My mother was so impressed that her heart was softened by the kindness shown by these "Mormons" whom she did not even know. She decided to listen to the missionary discussions and was soon after baptized. About a year later, our family traveled to Utah and planned to get married and sealed on the first Saturday in October in the Salt Lake City Temple. Due to general conference being that first Saturday in October, my parents were married in and my older brother and I were sealed to them in the Provo Utah Temple. My parents taught and demonstrated faithful and Christ-like principles in our home. We were definitely not a perfect family, but the gospel is perfect. I answered the call to serve a mission. I was called to serve in the New Jersey Morristown mission. This experience was a tremendously wonderful and growth-centered experience for me. I grew to love the people there and miss them to this day. It wasn't until my mission that I realized that I needed to find out for myself if the church was true--not rely on my parent's faith. I found out for myself and that is why I am a member today.

How I live my faith

Service is at the center of the church life. I attend three hours of church every week. We have a weekly family night called "Family Home Evening" (FHE) every Monday. During a typical FHE we have a lesson taught by a family member, a game and a dessert. Ultimately, it is time together with family--rarely does anything take precedence over our family night. I do my best to visit each of my "home teaching" families at least once a month. I have four of them right now. My companion and I share a spiritual message and offer help where needed. We watch General Conference twice a year. These conferences contain ten hours of instruction and talks from apostles and prophets and other church leaders. They uplift me and help me know what I can do to become more like Jesus Christ.