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Hi I'm Ted

I'm a husband and father. I'm a Registered Clinical Counselor, mental health advocate, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to the same wonderful and supportive lady since 1998, my first semester in University. As my courses piled up, so did our children. We have four beautiful daughters and one son, all of whom are spirited and unique. I have a M.Sc. in Psychology and work in private practice as a therapist, specializing in anger, anxiety, addictive behavior, and ADHD. It has been a very unique opportunity to reconcile all of the scientific education that I have with my spiritual knowledge. I have learned along the way that when two things that are both true appear to be in opposition to each other, it is only because we don't have all of the information yet. I have played many sports including rugby, wrestling, football, basketball, powerlifting, and most recently began training for a half marathon. I am a musician, transitioning from my younger punk rock days into a more relaxed acoustic indie folk sound.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born and raised in the church, I went through my own conversion through my later teen years. I struggled to live up to the standards of the church and tried to justify my weakness but finding fault in the church. It wasn't until my life had reached repeated dead ends that I was finally humbled enough to go to Heavenly Father and plead for help. He directed me to go on a mission, which required a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. This was not an easy task for me but I managed to pray and ask for a witness through the Holy Ghost, which I received. It was not dramatic. It was not spectacular, but it has been repeatedly made known to me throughout the subsequent years that the gospel, as revealed through Joseph Smith down to our modern day, is the gospel as it was intended to be preached and practiced. I know that the members of the church are not perfect, but as the Lord said, those who are whole have no need of a physician. The teachings of the Lord, as I have learned them through His church, have brought meaning, clarity, and peace to my life in a way that no pyschological theory or counselling approach ever could. I love the Lord and I know that this church is the vehicle through which I can enjoy his blessing.

How I live my faith

I'm the High Priest Group Leader in my ward. This means that I lead a group of men who are seasoned in their church experience or are older in years, sometimes both. In this position, it is my responsibility to train and oversee men in their responsibilities as hometeachers (which entails visiting members of the congregation in their homes on a monthly basis or more), husbands, and fathers. Sometimes this includes emotional difficulties, employment circumstances, and spiritual welfare. It is an honor and privilege to work alongside men who have spent their lives dedicated to being disciples of the Lord. We also have responsibilities to the single mothers in our congregation, watching out for them and making sure that they have all of the support that they need. Sometimes this support is temporal but often it is emotional and spiritual. It is a tough position to be in as a church member, where the focus is always on family and marriage. It is important that those who are single, regardless of the circumstances, feel that they are a part of the church family and more importantly, the family of our common parent, our Father in Heaven.