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Hi I'm Todd

About Me

I am currently working at Amundi Investment Solutions in France. I have been here for 5 months and have three weeks left. Life has been a great experience as I've been fortunate to travel around the world a little bit. Africa is one my most favorite places and especially the African peoples. I'm sure that will return one day to work amongst my brothers and sisters. For those wondering about cool places to travel, my top two choices would have to be Italy and Peru. You can't go wrong with either choice. I love Peru because of the food, people, and of course Machu Picchu. The hike was well worth it and the view breathtaking. Italy because of the ice cream, people, and Roman ruins. My philosphy is take it easy and get to know people, soak in their culture, learn why they live the way they do!

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life, there have been many experiences that have shown the tender mercies of the Lord. These tender mercies have led me to where I am today. Although I've been a member my whole life, I can say for myself and without any doubt that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's kingdom here on earth. Many years ago, I wanted to know if my religion was in fact the religion that it professed to be, the true and living Gosple of Jesus Christ. Thus I decided that I needed to ask God and so I would like to share what I did to receive an answer to this simple, yet crucial question. As I had always been taught to pray, I kneeled down at my bedside and addressed myself to my Heavenly Father and asked him with a sincere heart if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His true church on earth. After asking this question, I waited for the answer to come. I'm not ashamed to say that I, like many others, was looking for the answer to come to me through a miracle, an audible voice, or the visit from an angel. My answer did not come for I didn't hear any voice nor see any angel. I decided to try again later. I did this many times and still no answer came. However, as is normally the case, God chooses to talk to us in simpler more powerful ways. After asking God many times to know the truth of the Gospel and having not received an answer, I decided to fast and really show God my desire to know the answer to my question. At the end of my fast, I went somewhere to be away from the world as I needed a quiet setting. This time I brought my scriptures with me and again knelt down in prayer. In my prayer, I again asked to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. I felt a prompting to just let my scriptures fall open. I did so and this passage of scripture caught my glance: "22 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. 23 Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God? 24 And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a withness?" - Doctrine and Covenants 6:22-24 As I read these words, my mind was brought back to the times that I had cried unto the Lord to know the truth of these things. I realized that I did feel peace each time that I asked God. However, because I was looking for something else of a spectacular nature, I missed the most influential feelings that one can ever have, peace. I missed that God had answered by speaking peace to my mind and soul. A peace that cannot be described in words or any earthly manner. From this experience and many others too personal to share, I can say that I now know why I am a Mormon! I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ himself. I know that he lives and that he has called living prophets and apostles in our days to lead and guide us to the way of everlasting salvation. It is my invitation to all that they too would pray and ask God themselves if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church and kingdom here on earth. I promise that He will answer all who sincerely seek Him.

How I live my faith

I am very active in the church and love teaching those around me. I don't know what it is, but teaching the gospel brings such joy and happiness that it is hard to describe. I wish with all the energies of my soul that I could share and teach everyone in the world what I have learned. Those around me know that I am Mormon and that I don't do certain things because of my beliefs. I love to go to the temple and serve others. The temple is a special place for me as I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that if I need help or have a question, I can go to the temple and receive that for which I am looking. It truly is the House of the Lord and my desire is that everyone could partake of the blessings that are found in these sacred places.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe that the Bible is the word of God and we study both the Old and New Testaments. I love the Old Testament as there is so much symbolism that can cause us to think and ask questions. As it is the word of God, the Bible shows us the way that should live in order to return to our Heavenly Father and partake of eternal life. The teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, in the New Testament show God's love for each one of his children. Jesus Christ taught by example and knew everyone by name. The apostles' testimonies of His resurrection bear witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He had power over death. As we study the Bible and follow His teachings throughout our lives, we will one day be reunited with Him. Show more Show less