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Hi I'm Todd.

I play jazz piano, I love my wife, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In college I majored in mathematics. I enjoy playing the piano - I have picked up some jazz and I also write some of my own music. I love playing basketball. My favorite sports to watch are college football, college basketball, and the NBA. I enjoy the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, camping, etc. It is especially fun to go hiking/camping in places where there aren't many people besides those in my group; it's really nice to go somewhere that is completely separate from the city. I love being around people, and helping them when I can. One of my favorite things to do is laugh. :)

Why I am a Mormon

First of all, it makes me happy. :) I would say that the standards we live are enhancements, and aren't restrictions at all. I like to compare living my religion to physical exercise - it takes work and focus, but it makes you stronger as a result, and physically you are more free than you otherwise would be. Free to run, hike, avoid illness, etc. Sure, it's a commitment, but it's worth it. For example, we don't drink or smoke. The harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, so I don't think there's too much I need to say there. But, some people might argue that drinking in moderation is OK, as long as you don't go overboard - so why do we restrict it completely? Medicine will tell you that some diseases are connected with alcohol use. Just the other day, I learned that a sleeping disorder called Sleep Apnea, affecting thousands of people, is connected with alcohol use. If you have Sleep Apnea, doctors will suggest you cut back on your alcohol intake. But if you don't drink to begin with, you don't even have to worry about diseases or illnesses being induced or worsened by alcohol use. But for me, it's not just that. I believe that through living prophets - yes, living, modern-day prophets - God gives us these guidelines to live for our benefit, and the benefits are much more far-reaching than just the health benefits. We don't even have to know what they all are. And this is where faith comes in. You believe in and live something that is true, even though you might not even fully understand it. A lot of people think that's illogical. But I've seen the results in my personal life, and I know it is real, and so I continue to live it. And it makes me happy. :) Faith in Jesus Christ can make tough times bearable.

How I live my faith

In my ward (a "ward" is a congregation of members), I have recently been called as the Ward Mission Leader. (In our church, every position, such as Bishop, teacher, or missionary is referred to as a "calling." Every calling is a volunteer position - nobody gets paid.) I coordinate the efforts of the members of our ward with the full-time missionaries serving in our area. We try to support those people who are interested in learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to befriend those who have recently been baptized into our faith. In our church, each male member is asked to be a "home teacher." This means that he and another male member will visit a few families/individuals in the ward to befriend them, serve them, and share short gospel messages on a regular basis. This activity has been a joy to me, as it been a wonderful opportunity to make friends and to help lift those who are struggling. I make it a point to try to let them know I am their friend, and I try to be there for them when they need me, and I will do my best to understand their struggles. Everybody has them, and we all need help and support at one time or another. Feeling alone during a tough time can be a struggle, and I try to develop trust with those that I home teach so that they can feel comfortable coming to me when they have hard times.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Todd.
The key for me was to pray about the Book of Mormon. The validity of our whole religion hinges on the truth of that book. I studied it for months, and I prayed to ask God if it was true. For me it was really a battle. I always liked what I learned, and I felt good about it, but after praying hard for several months, I received an answer. At the time I was actually reading in my Book of Mormon. I felt a powerful, moving feeling that what I was reading was true. I felt my faith could enable me to do anything. You can know for yourself that the Book of Mormon is true, if you read it, ponder it, and pray about it with a sincere desire. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Todd.
Absolutely we are! Jesus Christ is the center of our faith, and everything we do is centered around Him. Show more Show less