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Hi I'm Tim Welch

I have traveled over 2 million miles in my life and help found a community based literacy program. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up Lehi, which is a small town on the north shore of Utah Lake located about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Shortly following our marriage in 1976 my wife, Michele, and I spent the next 35 years living and raising our family of 5 children in American Fork, Utah. Our three boys were active in sports and music while our two girls loved dance, piano, and violin. Some of my fondest memories of our children include boating, spending time at our mountain cabin east of Heber City, Utah, golf outings and winter trips to St. George, Utah. While I love to play golf, the passing of time has made keeping up with my boys an ever increasing challenge. In a year or two I will need to move to the forward tees to even things out a bit. Spending a few days at the U.S. Open Golf Championship in 2010 at Pebble Beach with my sons was one of those unforgettable experiences that we all still talk about. I have spent my professional life in the building products industry leading and training sales teams. I have published a couple of books about that experience and the friends I made during those years are among my most cherish associations. In recent years our lives have been blessed with 12 grandchildren, with two more scheduled to arrive soon. Our lives have been blessed beyond what I could have imagined growing up in a small farming community over sixty years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is best way I know of in this life to come to know the reality of Jesus Christ. It is in the inspired words of that book which testify of His life, His love, His power, His promises and His plan for us. It is knowing Him and understanding His plan of happiness that would make it impossible for me to live any other way. Reading the Book of Mormon is something that changes my life everyday. There is something that comes to me, even reading a few short passages that makes me a better person. I feel more centered, more hopeful and more determined to live in a way that He would want me to live. When I read the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon I don't feel like I am a person better than anyone else, I just feel like I am a better person than I was yesterday, hopefully a better husband, father, friend and neighbor. The Book of Mormon motivates me love the Savior more and that alone inspires me to be my best self and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have tried to live my life so that others would in someway understand of my deep sense of personal devotion and gratitude to God. My wife and I are currently "watching over" a group of nearly 200 LDS missionaries in the Ohio area and the experience of working close to them on a daily basis has been among the greatest joys of our lives. To be honest, I didn't think it was possible for a couple our age to function even modestly normal with so little sleep. Yet we ascribe the continued strength we both feel daily to divine intervention, otherwise we would both need serious medical treatment. The gospel of Jesus Christ is quite literally the centerpiece of my life. It is from some very basic truths that I can make sense out of all the chaos swirling in every direction around my family. There are a whole lot of things that I don't understand about science, about public policy, about the origin of various civilizations, or about the necessity of suffering in a world that is in desperate need of peace and healing. But I do know the one source of all truth and the more I seek to know Him, the more comfortable I feel amid the chaos of life, the more peace I feel, the more joy I experience and the more hope I have for my children and grandchildren.