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Hi I'm Ted R.C.

I grew up a member of the church, and from a young age learned to love cars. I play Gran Turismo and love efficiency!

About Me

I am the youngest of 10. Growing up, my father realized that he would be unable to purchase new vehicles for all (at one point there were 7) drivers at home! So, he picked a cheap, reliable car that was easy to repair and cheap to maintain. He decided on the Datsun 1200 series of cars. He upgraded to the B210, then the 210 as those cars became available. He would buy them pretty much dead, then would overhaul the engine and put them back on the road. He did this over 20 times. The first time I saw an engine block, it was sitting outside the garage, and I was given a butter tub with gasoline in it and a paint brush and told "Go wipe that down as best you can". I had no idea what I was looking at, but that was my first time putting my hands inside a cylinder. By the time I graduated from high school, I had gone from "What is this?" to a full tear down and rebuild of an engine. over 10 times. I can still remember several of the finer points of the A12, A13, and A15 engines from those cars. When I was 14 or 15, I asked my dad what all of the parts meant and what they did. So, he sat me down and explained the workings of an engine to me. I was, and still am, enthralled. What an AMAZING piece of engineering that has been developed to the beautiful piece of art under the hoods of modern cars! Since then, I have enjoyed learning more about cars. I also got into Gran Turismo, and have enjoyed playing that, and, especially, racing friends online. I am also high function autistic.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was confused and frustrated with the many things that seemed like "Just something to do." I decided, though, to read the Book of Mormon for myself. I gathered the overall story line, and was impressed with how much it is just a story. I was also scared that there are so many things that are very consistent with what is happening today, but knowing things are getting worse helps me be positive about how it will end. I'm just not excited about the journey there...... But that's not the reason why I chose to stay with this church. After living my life and experiencing many, many little things that showed me God's love and his reality, I could NOT find ANYTHING else that felt as good. So, I turned to God and asked Him to help me find peace. Through His grace and slow, steady help improving me and my life (sometimes at the same time, sometimes one followed the other), I gained trust and faith in what God has and what He offers. My testimony has grown, my faith has grown, and my trust and joy have grown as I have turned to God and allowed Him to be a positive part in my life. And I am happy. I could NOT say that at ANY other time in my life before! I KNOW God lives and that HE loves ME enough to help ME be what I can be. And I thank Him for that every moment of every day!

How I live my faith

I love to be happy and share the joy of life that I have been able to learn. Being autistic, I spent many, many years trying to understand why I am different from other people. I was finally diagnosed after almost 30 years. I am now able to understand some of my quirks and attitudes. But most of all, I have removed myself from some very bad things that I turned to to relieve my pain. I still like to race, though I don't do much outside of Gran Turismo. I go to a local sports car club's autocross events and enjoy seeing the nice cars and excellent drivers! I am glad to be able to feel happiness in my life that isn't fleeting. I am so very glad that my wife stayed with me through all of these struggles, and am glad to say that she is an integral part of my life, and truly my best friend. My life is filled with goodness!