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Hi I'm Ted

I am a Mormon convert. I was baptized at the age of 14.

About Me

I am a family man, married to my wonderful wife of 41 years. We have seven children and eleven grandchildren. Work consisted of a twenty six year career with a local department store. It started with stocking shelves, then to selling merchandise, and on to being a merchandise buyer. It ended as a member of the company's IT department. Following those years with the department store, we bought a small business where most of the family worked together at various times. As a child, I was a huge Dodgers fan in the Sandy Kofax & Don Drysdale area. Most of my life's activities has surrounded family life and church service, while my personal interests included participating in sports and motorcycling. Later it was golf. Now we like to Wing it around the countryside on two wheels. And, I am always a loyal BYU sports fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fourteen years old when I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When the missionaries first began to teach me I knew immediately what they were saying was true. The assurance was unmistakable and comprehensive. However, it was not until five years later, when I was nineteen, that my conversion came to fruition. At first I knew it was true, then it became my life altering passion. Now fifty years later I look back, as I have looked back many times over the years, and see how every good thing of my life has come as a result of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has brought me joy. Joy for my family. Joy for my friends and the many associations I have. And, profound joy in my Savior. I thank God - a lot.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the two great commandments, loving God and loving my fellow man. It has consumed my entire life. Prayer and studying has always been important practices which I feel have grounded me in my beliefs and given me a sense of closeness to my Heavenly Father. In writing this, I look back with satisfaction at the constant opportunities for service that have been given me and for the ones I have taken upon myself. I have served children, the youth, the young adults, adults and families in various capacities over the years. This focus of service started once I decided to fulfill an LDS mission to Italy, the origin of many of my ancestry. I have had the opportunity to be a Sunday school teacher in a local county detention center. For years I ministered to newly called LDS missionaries during their stay at the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center. For ten years I served in two of the church's temples. And now upon retirement, my wife and I are about to commence a new missionary experience together.