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Hi I'm Todd

I was born in the USA, and lived in Colombia, Sweden, Mexico, and back again. I play in my school's drumline. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I played the five-toms in my marching band, and played soccer in the spring. I am the oldest of five in my family, with a dog to keep us company. I know how to speak Spanish fluently because I lived in two countries that use it as a primary language, and know a smattering of Swedish. I know am learning Russian. I am the tallest of my family, which is pretty cool, and hope to keep growing on my mission. I like to read and imagine the worlds I visit in my mind, and one of the greatest injustices for me is a book ending in a cliff-hanger. I left for my mission in August, along with some of my cousins and friends. I am now in Russia serving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the next two years. Playing in the band has taught me how to be disciplined and how to work hard. Out here on my mission that has helped me to do my best no matter the circumstance. Playing soccer has taught me how to continue to work and push through, even though times may be tough. I am very thankful for the experiences that I have been given, I have grown in ways that are surprising even to me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first turned twelve I did not wholly commit to the church. I had fallen in a slump, you could say. But then my family moved one last time and I met the best leaders that I could ever have. They helped me find the value of our church and what I was missing by not being committed. They didn't know what I was going through but their examples and teachings helped me gain a testimony for my own. Besides my leaders, I have many experiences where there could be no other explanation except there was a God in heaven that loved me and cared for me enough to help me. I had feelings of warning that protected me from accidents and other mistakes, I had feelings to say things that helped others in their troubles that I didn't know they had, and I have had help in my soccer games and in my band performances where I performed better than I had done before. My testimony is that I know that God lives. I know that He loves us and will help us. I know that He knows each of us personally, and that He cares for us and the things that we strive to accomplish. I know that He will always be their for us, and will protect us. My testimony has taken a while to from. It took many experiences and many prayers answered, but it has come, and I am grateful to have it. It is a barrier that I use against temptation and it helps keep me on the right path.

How I live my faith

In my church I am in the oldest group of boys under eighteen years of age. I have been the leader of them for a time and have helped friends lead us. I'm moving on this summer as soon as I turn eighteen. When I had the opportunity to be the leader I was able to help our bishop plan activities for my group and sometimes for the whole youth program. I enjoyed doing this because it helped me learn about the interests of the boys in my group and they helped me develop interests as well. At least once every month a friend and me go visit some families in our church boundaries and chat with them, and teach them a short lesson from one of our church magazines. This is a fun time where we can share what has happened in the month and ask for help from each other. One of the books I read on a regular basis is the "Book of Mormon". I read this every night, preparing to serve my church, and to learn things that I can apply in my life.