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Hi I'm Lawrence Todd

I grew up in California. I played clarinet in college band. I love my family. I like sports. I speak Dutch. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I have five wonderful children, three daughters and two sons ages 19 - 5. I also have a wonderful wife who is also a wonderful mother. My family is the most important part of my life. They are everything to me. Of course there are ups and downs, good times and perhaps not so good times, but overall they are a wonderful blessing in my life. I have great interest in sports and politics. I enjoy reading, learning, and being with my family and friends/neighbors.  I am a social person who is people-oriented. I work for a durable medical equipment company. I enjoy my job and feel like I am making a difference there.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it is Jesus Christ's Church restored in these days through the prophet Joseph Smith. I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church when I was eight years old. Later when I was 19 I served a mission to the Netherlands and Belgium. I had the opportunity to teach the people there about the importance of Jesus Christ and his restored gospel as well as the plan that our Heavenly Father has for each of us to return to him as families based upon our obedience to his commandments. I know that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior and your Savior. His great sacrifice enables you and me to be forgiven of our sins if we repent. I know that this church is His church and that he leads this church through prophets and apostles just like he has done throughout history. I know that the Book of Mormon is scripture just like the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and did restore the gospel and church. I know that we are here for a purpose, to prepare to return to our Father in Heaven, and to make choices between good and evil. I know that true joy and happiness is to be found through faith in Jesus Christ, and through following His example. And that His life is central to everything we a members of the church do.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love about Mormonism is that it is not just a Sunday activity or event. This religion requires our best efforts daily. My family and I attend church meetings for three hours every Sunday. During the week my two teenage children attend activities one evening with other youth (ages 12 - 18) of our ward (the neighborhood in which I live). They do fun things together, serve others, and strengthen relationships with each other. They also strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ through this activity night. Monday nights are reserved for "Family Home Evenings". On this night, families are especially encouraged to be together, engage in activities together, teach one another, and sing and pray together. These types of things can occur on other nights of course but Monday evening is a special night where there are no general church-related meetings, activities, or events. The buildings are closed on Monday nights. I have the opportunity to speak in other "ward" Sunday meetings throughout the year. I serve with the youth, the girls in our stake which is a collection of several "wards" (neighborhoods). I also help run the sports programs in the church. We play basketball in our church buildings. We also play other sports throughout the year such as softball, volleyball, and golf. I help schedule appointments for some of the leaders in our stake. Every day I pray and read scriptures individually as well as in a family. I try to serve individuals as well every day in some way or another, to make a difference in someone's life, to do good which is what Jesus did. Our wards is very active with activities and events, not just our Sunday meetings. We are a sort of extended family supporting, helping, and serving one another regardless of religious affiliation.