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Hi I'm Todd

I’m a husband, father, and grandfather. I was an Army officer and a nuclear engineer. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 40 wonderful years. My wife and I have 3 beautiful children and 5 sensational grandchildren. I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. I spent 20 years in the military and we moved 16 times in those 20 years. The church was always our family no matter where we lived. I spent the next 20 years working at a national laboratory. I love to play the piano, read, exercise, and snow ski.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 8 years old, but not because of my parents. A friend of mine invited me to Primary (a week day class for children) after school when I was 6 years old. From Primary I started attending Sunday School. When my friend asked me if I wanted to be baptized when I was 8, I felt I should. My mother was of another religion and my father was not active in his Mormon faith, so I would go to church on my own. My parents allowed me to attend since it was a short walk from our house to the Mormon Church. There were no scriptures in my home. No prayers were ever given and no discussion of religion was ever held that I can remember. I learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ, line upon line, precept upon precept. Here a little and there a little. I have a testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and that He is the only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. The Savior suffered in Gethsemane and on the cross for our sins. The purpose of His atonement was to overcome the consequences of sin.  Because of the atonement we will rise from the dead to an immortal state. However, eternal life is conditional upon our willingness to submit ourselves to the will of the Father, having faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of our sins, and obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, who saw the Father and the Son, and was directed by them to reestablish Christ’s Church here upon the earth. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. And that Joseph Smith was able to translate the plates provided to him by the ancient prophet Moroni into what we know today as the Book of Mormon. This book was written by ancient prophets for our day — for our benefit as a companion to the Bible to help all men to come unto Christ.

How I live my faith

Service is an important part of my faith. I have found great happiness and satisfaction from providing service to my country, my community, and to people. I love the Book of Mormon. It touches my soul and I have discovered many answers to the challenges of life from reading that book. A positive attitude is key to my faith. A smile on my face, a short note of thanks or recognition or a kind word spoken can impact a person's day and make it a little brighter.