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Hi I'm Topher

California kid. Business guy. Photographer. Triathlete. Musician. Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and am a Northern California kid at heart. Growing up I liked to play guitar and skateboard but mostly was a HUGE gamer. When I moved out to Utah for college, I dropped the video games and started to develop some great friendships and feel more confident about myself. I served a mission in Argentina. I loved the experience, I love the people I met in Argentina, and it was the best thing for me. Ever. As I was finishing up school, I was on track for a career in finance. I had an awesome job lined up in New York and everything was going according to plan. Except for one thing; I felt terrible about it. I had done a handful of internships and had yet to find a job that I really enjoyed in finance. So, I pulled the plug. I started working in sales at an enterprise software company in Utah and loved it! Sometimes I felt a little crazy for turning down a prestigious opportunity in New York for a much smaller software company in Utah but I never regretted it. I feel lucky to say that I love my job. These days I stay busy with work, training for triathlons, weekend trips, photography, and music. I recently completed my first 70.3 triathlon (a half ironman) and it was incredible. I love to visit national parks and there are so many nearby for me to take advantage of. I'm also working on finishing my first album and look forward to recording it later this year.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers so much. It offers peace and refuge from the troubles of life. It offers hope that we can be healed, not just physically but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It promises that after this life we can return to be with God and Jesus Christ. It promised that we can maintain our family relationships after we die. The Gospel offers hope and confidence that there are better things to come. My faith begins with a desire to believe. Because I wanted to believe, I acted on the teachings of the Gospel. As I have kept the commandments, my life has been blessed. Most of all, I have felt peace and comfort and I saw that the Gospel makes my life better. As I have continued to see blessings from keeping the commandments, my conviction of the truth has grown. With experience and additional testimonies, this belief converts into knowledge. I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon contains the word of God and it has blessed my life. I also have a testimony that God answers prayers. Answers have in a variety of ways (as subtle as a feeling or as specific as answer to a question). I know that if God answers my prayers, it means He is there and He responds to what I do and feel. To have a Heavenly Father who loves me and is concerned for me is comforting and encouraging. There are some parts of the Gospel that I know are true and some parts that I still believe or only want to believe. It hasn't come all at once but the process has been rewarding. I know that God loves us and communicates with us because He has helped me feel His love. I know the Savior has provided a way for us to be healed because I have felt Him heal my heart. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to maintain good habits that help me remember Jesus Christ. Daily prayer and scripture study are essential for me to stay focused on what is most important. When I'm consistent with these little things, I am in a dramatically better place. I love teaching and participating in the lessons at church. Getting to share my experiences and listen to others talk about Gospel topics reminds me of what and why I believe. I get caught up in the day-to-day and often forget to make an effort to serve others. Whenever I do though, my perspective is elevated and I'm reminded how beautiful life is. I'm working on my relationships with those I'm close to; like my family, roommates, friends, and colleagues. I'm making an effort to be kinder, more patient, and more selfless. I keep a pretty positive attitude about life. Learning about Jesus Christ and what He did for everyone gives me the confidence that, with His help, I can become a better person. We face opposition every day and have to choose between competing alternatives. I trust that if I do what's right, things will work out.