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Hi I'm Todd

I grew up in South Central Pennsylvania. Born in York, Pa. Raised in Harrisburg, Pa. I converted to the LDS in Feb. 2014.

About Me

I am a simple man who was born in a catholic family in Southeastern Pa. Attended Parochial school until 10th grade. Watched my parents lose their faith and then divorce. Was told, by a priest, to leave my high school and go to a smaller, sister high school really due football. Left the church after that bad experience. Was lost the rest of my HS years, into college until after I was married and attempted to come back to Jesus. Found more questions than answers for years. Never felt "comfortable" in any church until my first visit to a LDS church in North Carolina. Divorced my wife, due to her infidelity, and was alone when I met a woman (and her family with some and her mother being LDS members.) Over time, and with different spiritual experiences, decided to investigate the church. Married my wife and was baptized 3 weeks later. I have been more content and at peace since my childhood days when I was an altar boy and going to church on an almost daily basis. I have children and grand-children. I hope to be the example that helps them all to one day investigate the church and hopefully find the truth and peace that I am now experiencing.

Why I am a Mormon

As an African-American (mixed with some Native American and Irish), many would point to the alleged "History" of the Mormons and say that they are or have racist roots. I say that if are not to look at the Mormon religion purely due to the supposed racist past, does that mean that we should no participate in the US due to its racist past? Or how about any culture or religion due to its racist, politicizing, murderous, etc., past? No one is perfect. I say let us look at the current doctrine and the teachings and make our decisions based on them. Look at the fruit of the tree to determine if the tree is a good tree or a bad tree. I see an organization, dedicated to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I see people who walk the walk as well as talk the talk. I have never determined a speck of racism (and believe me, living in my skin over the years have perfected my ability to sense even the subtle hints of it.) I see people who have helped my family and other families in all of our struggles. I my meetings, with some of my Ward's leaders, I have seen the hearts and discussions of principled, wise, and humble men that leave me in awe that they have actually allowed me into their room. I cannot talk for the past. I cannot taste the fruit of the tree from the past. I can only judge from the present and make my own judgement for the future. I love the fact that I am told, "Read the Book of Mormon, learn what our doctrines are, then, get on your knees and ask God for an answer as to whether these words are true." And they accept whatever answer you get! They love you if you stay or if you go! Such a pure simple approach is why I am here to stay! I have received more answers, in my first year as an investigator and then new convert, than I have received in the last 50 years of my life. In my heart and soul, I know that what I have learned is true. Some of it, I always felt or knew, but, could not explain it properly. Now, I have the words and the explanations.

How I live my faith

Since I am over 50 years of age, my thoughts are that I do not have much time for "back tracking" or fooling around with foolishness. I live my faith by following all of God's laws and commandments. I live the Words of Wisdom and try to defend my virtue at all times as I wish to never lose "The Spirit" due to my behavior. The feeling of the Holy Spirit, that I felt when I was Baptized, is something that I want to have in my life, everyday of my life, for the rest of my life on earth. I try to read from the Book of Mormon and the extra books, at least every work day and every Sunday. I try to attend my local Sacrament Meeting every week to rededicate myself to the commitments I have made. I try to be an example to everyone I come across. Any situation that I am in, I try to remind myself of my priesthood responsibilities as I hold myself (and will be held) to a higher standard in all my dealings in life. And I say all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.