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Hi I'm Tim

I am a father, brother, son, husband, friend, network admin, and duck fan. Above and before all that I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 5th child of a family of 16. 15 of us are adopted. We were all raised in the church and for me it has set the tone of my life. I did become inactive for several years but have never been far from the church. I came back to the church in an interesting way. My second wife had two boys and the younger of the two started asking about church. They were not members. My wife then surprised me by saying that if he wanted to learn about religion that we should start by trying the church that dad, me, was familiar with. This was a shock to me as I had been thinking about the church a lot over the last few months. After the first day of church we asked him what he thought and the looked us straight in the eye and said, "it was ok but next week can we go to this other church cause I hear they have donuts". My wife surprised me again by telling the boys that we would go to the LDS church for 1 whole month before deciding we should try going somewhere else. At the end of the month they said this was the church for them. They started taking lessons and asked me to baptize and confirm then a couple months later. I had to work hard to become worthy to hold the Melchizidek priesthood. Six months after we went to church the first time as a family I was able to baptize and confirm my entire family members of the church. That was three years ago and we are still active today. Both my boys now hold the Aaronic priesthood and my wife and I have received out endowments.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the lord has shown me personally of the truth of the gospel. I have had so many times were the lord has made known to me that he is real and that he had a plan for me. Yes I have questioned some events at the time they happened but I have been able to look back and see how those events helped to mold my life and place me where I am today. Don't get me wrong, my life is crazy between toddlers and teens, some with special needs, and just the challenges that my currently path in life has for me. I know that these events are shaping me for something greater and I have faith that the lord will be with me, guiding and watching over me the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service and example. There are always projects that the church has setup to help investigators, part member families, and inactive members. While I do participate when I can in those I tried to help whenever I can to whomever I can. From holding doors for others, picking up and returning dropped items, returning carts as people are finished with them. I feel so blessed to be able to surprise people with kindness. An example would be the other day a mother was loading the back of her vehicle and was stressed pretty good. I parked next to her and saw that she was taking the last items out of her cart. I slowed down and as she closed the trunk and started to look for the cart return I offered to take her cart. The look of gratitude and relief more than payment for this small token of kindness. As I walked this dry cart back toward the store, it had been raining a lot that day I saw another lady trying to juggle her purse and reusable bags on her way into the store. I just walked right up beside her and asked if she needed a cart and that this one was dry. The same looked passed over her as I had seen before and with confusion as to why I would give up a dry cart on such a wet day. These are the types of little things that allow me to feel closer to the lord and my fellow brothers and sisters. It makes me feel so good to be able to share these little kindnesses with people to lighten and brighten their day.