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Hi I'm Todd

I'm a husband and a father of three. I am eLearning professional. I was raised Jewish and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a suburb of Las Vegas, NV. I am a training and development consultant, technical writer and instructional designer. I write training programs and manuals for companies all over the world. I have three children, all young adults now. All three of them have chosen to serve as missionaries for the Church, two of which are still engaged in their missionary service. My youngest son is deaf and is teaching the gospel to deaf people in Los Angeles, CA. Our entire family learned American Sign Language when he was just a baby, so it has become part of our family culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in Southern California to a Jewish family, with roots going back to Russia, Romania and Hungary. I went through Hebrew schools and religious school and received my Bar Mitzvah at 13. In high school, I began questioning aspects of religion and spirituality, specifically about prophets and the Messiah. I was introduced to the LDS church through high school friends and after a few years, joined the church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did not replace my Jewish roots, but completed my understanding of Law of Moses and added a hundred-fold to my comprehension of God, of our purpose on earth and our eternal destiny.

How I live my faith

My life and my faith are so intertwined that they cannot be separated. Each day I ask my Heavenly Father for his guidance in everything I do, from serving my clients, counseling my children, or serving in the church. Each month I have an opportunity to give sermons in different congregations as part of my responsibilities in this area. I talk and counsel with the members about how to better their lives and navigate the storms of these troubled times. I encourage them to live with faith, honor and integrity. I also serve once a week as an ordinance worker in the Temple. Serving in that holy place reminds me of my ancient heritage, where the people of Israel gave so much reverence to the House of the Lord and found strength from going there to pray, to worship and to feel the Spirit of God. I too feel the same way when I am serving and working there.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Todd
When I was a young man, I always felt uneasy about the concept of "Til death do you part." How is it when a couple built on love and faith, weather the storms of life together and build a family would have it dissolve at the death of one of the partners. What about the children and grandchildren? Were they instantly orphans? No, this is not the way of God. Husbands and wives, parents and children can be sealed together for time and for all eternity. People throughout the world, through song and poetry, talk about the eternal nature of love. We has human beings know it instinctively that we were meant to be together forever. Even though some religions teach to the contrary, the bonds of love and family extend through the eternities. Show more Show less