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Hi I'm Todd

I’m a retired Air Force officer and a commercial airline captain. I'm a follower of Jesus Christ and rely on Him every day.

About Me

I'm retired from the Air Force and now I spend my time getting people across the country as a Captain at a major airline. When I'm not flying you can usually find me out running, at the gym, trying to play the piano, drawing, volunteering at our local hospital or doing work at the Temple. I've traveled the world and seen just about everything, but nothing compares to being at home with my wonderful wife and kids. I’ve found that following Jesus Christ has brought the most joy in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man I attended the United States Air Force Academy. Serving a 2 year mission for the church would mean I had to resign with no guarantee of getting back in. I had to know if the church was really true. So I read the Book of Mormon with real intent. I studied it. Pondered it. Prayed about it. And when I was done, I got down on my knees and asked God if it was true. I cannot go into the details of my experience, but I testify to you that God lives, the Book of Mormon is true and He will reveal the truth to you by the power of the Holy Ghost if you come to Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit. Many years later, there was a time in my life when I gradually read the scriptures less and listened to the wisdom of the internet pundits more. Needless to say, I drifted away from church until I begin to even doubt the existence of God and Jesus Christ as our savior. To make a long story short, this only led to misery. So I stopped listening to the so called "experts" on the internet and once again opened my scriptures and read. I then got down on my knees and asked God for guidance. For the truth. The answer was startling: "You already know the truth." Like a flood of light, the experience I had 27 years ago when I prayed about the Book of Mormon came back to me. All doubt faded away. All my fears disappeared. No internet blog holds a candle to the revealed light of Jesus Christ. I've found in my life that satan will throw everything at you -- try to knock you down, put misinformation in your life to distort the truth, whisper lies to you that will only lead to unhappiness; but I can tell you that by humbly petitioning God you can know the truth of all things. The Holy Ghost WILL reveal the truth to those who are humble, those who are honestly seeking. Those who are ready. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have put the promise in the Book of Mormon to the test and the Holy Ghost has revealed the truth to me. I know that this is the Lord's church.

How I live my faith

In a word: Service. Nothing makes me more happy than serving others. Whether it be helping somebody with a last notice move, caring for those who are sick or just lending a listening ear to those who need to be heard, I have always found peace and joy in service. I also have found strength by reading the Word of God and praying every day. These are simple things, but extremely powerful.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Todd
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This sums up the welfare program of the church. Transform the inner self and the outer will change accordingly. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Todd
Our body is a temple. It houses our eternal spirit and is a gift from God. The health law that governs the church is called "The Word of Wisdom." It was a revelation given to Joseph Smith almost 200 years ago. It has been truly amazing watching the wisdom of the world gradually catch up to the wisdom of God. As I approach my 50's I am extremely grateful that I was taught this health law early in my youth. I have never touched Alcohol, tobacco, Coffee or tea. I've strived to eat meat sparingly and avoid addictive substances. Doing so has payed huge dividends. I understand there are many who believe that this "law" is restrictive and doesn't allow one to "enjoy" life. I completely disagree. By living the Word of Wisdom, I have been able to enjoy life to the fullest. I'm free from the disease and destruction wrought upon the body by consuming alcohol and tobacco. Living the precepts taught in the Word of Wisdom has been a priceless gift of being a member of Christ's church. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Todd
I am a sinner. We are all sinners and have separated ourselves from God because of our imperfections. Jesus Christ’s atonement makes it possible for me to be saved from my sins. He took on my sins and overcame them — for me, personally. Only He, a perfect sacrifice, could atone for my sins. No words could explain my gratitude and awe for my Savior. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and because of that I am saved through His atonement. There is no other way for salvation. No amount of work I do can earn me a place in heaven. I am completely dependent on my Savior. Only through Christ can I be saved. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Todd
Faith is putting our trust and focus on God rather than the world around us. Fear is putting our trust and focus on the world around us rather than God. The story of Christ walking on water to his disciples, who were being tossed about on a stormy sea, illustrates this best. As the Savior walked toward the boat, Peter desired to go out and join his Master. He called out to the Savior and was simply told to, come. Initially, Peter kept his focus on Christ. Miraculously, Peter walked on top of the water. A feat that defies our knowledge. But as Peter walked on the water, the winds whipped around him until he took his attention off the Savior and set it upon the environment around him. I'm sure doubt immediately entered his mind as the wind and waves swirled around him. Then, Fear replaced his Faith. And Peter begin to sink. At this critical juncture, Peter could have cursed Jesus for "tricking" him. Or accused Him for "withholding information". Or murmured that Jesus wasn't being "transparent" enough. But even though Peter's faith faltered, he did the one thing that will always save us. He cried out, "Lord, save me." Peter still trusted the Lord, despite having doubt, despite the conflicting information around him. Peter reached out to his Savior in his time of doubt and fear instead of pulling away. This act of Faith saved him as the Savior immediately reached out and pulled him from the water. Faith is trusting in Christ and not the world. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Todd
Yes! Absolutely. Please get a copy of The Book of Mormon to read all about it!! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Todd
We are eternal spirits housed in mortal bodies for a short period of time on this earth. When our mortal body dies, our spirit passes on to what we call "the spirit world." Here you will continue to learn and progress. Those who never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ in mortality will be taught in the spirit world and given the opportunity to choose whether to follow Him or not. Moral agency will still exist. Eventually your spirit will be reunited with your body (perfected) -- never to be separated again. Jesus Christ made this possible through His death and resurrection. So, one might say that death is not an ending but a door one must pass through in one's journey back to God. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Todd
Pornography permeates TV, movies, computers, iPads, cell phones, news papers, magazines, billboards, etc. It is a tsunami of filth that has washed over the banks of civilization and churned up homes and lives. Our only defense against this "tsunami" is to seek higher ground! We do this by filling our lives with activities that bring the spirit of God into our hearts and standing in holy places at all times. Prayer, scripture reading, attending church weekly, frequent temple attendance, service, and not allowing the filth of Hollywood into your homes through movies and TV, are all ways to seek higher ground. The second we come down from that "high ground" we will be washed away by the strong current of muddy debris that has inundated our world. There is no middle ground. Only by staying on the hilltops of righteousness will a person not be influenced by pornography. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Todd
The purpose of life is to gain a body and live in a "fallen" environment where we are presented a wide array of "opposites" . As we choose good over evil we grow spiritually. Although we can never "earn" our way back to the Father due to our sinful nature, we can be perfect in our faith in Christ. Therefore our choices to act righteously are manifestations of our faith in Christ. And as our faith in Christ grows (like a mustard seed), then our very being is filled more and more with light! Or in other words, as we emulate the Savior, we become more like the Father and have peace. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Todd
True followers of Christ have been labeled many things through time - before and after his birth. The label of "cult" is most often used by critics who are attempting to discredit the Church. The comment is designed to sway opinion that the Church is engaged in nefarious activities that are harmful. Fortunately, the "fruits" of the Church are sweet. When people see the tremendous good that comes from the Church and how its doctrine leads us to Christ, their attitudes and opinions are replaced with enlightened understanding. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Todd
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I do not worship Joseph Smith. Even though he was called by God to be a prophet, he was imperfect, like every other man who has walked the earth. I keep my focus on Christ, who leads this church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Todd
Women, like men, who are disciples of Jesus Christ, are full of love, patience, compassion and charity. Men and women complement each other in divine harmony. They serve each other and their children as equal partners — Unified as one, focused on Christ. Through mutual respect and love they bring the Holy Spirit into the home. This allows children to grow in the light of a Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Todd
All are invited to receive the blessings of the temple. Everyone has the opportunity to prepare themselves to enter the House of the Lord. The ordinances of the temple are not kept secret from the world, but are held sacred by those who have prepared themselves to receive them. Show more Show less