Tim Malone has been blogging for over seven years. He has published hundreds of essays on LDS topics, many of them controversial. Tim uses his blog as a study tool, focusing on a subject then sharing thoughts, scriptures, quotes and stories from his life as a way of growing and drawing closer to God.
Besides the thousands of comments on his blog, Tim tries to respond to every reader who emails with private questions. He offers his cell phone number for those who wish to chat. Tim shares his writings as a former member of the LDS Church, having resigned his membership at age 57 on 9-13-14. If you want to know why, read this short post.
A life-long Southern Californian (born in Covina), Tim has been happily married to Carol for over 33 years. We have one adult son who lives and works in Ventura, a ten minute drive to the beach from our home here in beautiful Camarillo, the home of a former state mental hospital, now the newest California state university. Carol and I are pleased Mike has chosen to follow in his dad’s footsteps as a network support engineer. I hire Mike’s company – and Mike – to do work on my servers on occasion. I love my son.
Although my parents are both deceased, I will be forever grateful for the influence they wielded in my life. My mother was an educator, with a love of reading, learning, writing and teaching that she passed on to me. My father was a humble, quiet man, a peacemaker who took seriously his duty to provide security and stability for his family. I have five living brothers and sisters (one brother died as an infant) and love each of them. My oldest sister worked for an apostle, who recently passed away.
I served a mission to Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras) from 1976 to 1978 under Joseph C. Muren, later a General Authority. I thoroughly enjoyed my mission experience and am grateful for the solid foundation it has provided for my life. I greatly treasure my mission memories and had some great companions, two of whom have since served as mission presidents.
I enjoyed my service in the church, most of it in typical priesthood administrative positions (bishopric, high council, high priest group leader), but my all-time favorite calling was teaching the 11-year olds in Primary. I love teaching and sharing the gospel and miss that. I served as the ward clerk for the young single adult ward in my stake for over five years, then as a Stake auditor for a year and the stake financial clerk for two years before I resigned.
Outlook of faith
I am conservative by nature but love exploring new ideas. I have never doubted my testimony of the gospel or of the unique role of the LDS Church in these last days. Even though I am no longer a member, I am still convinced the LDS Church is being used by the Lord in many ways. I love the Book of Mormon and hold Joseph Smith in high esteem as a powerful prophet of God. I am convinced that I have been given the gift of believing and have always appreciated that. I still attend Sacrament meeting each Sunday.
Love of the Savior
It’s easy to say that one loves the Savior but hard to prove that except by kind words and thoughtful deeds. I seek to provide both. I hope the words I share here will be ample evidence that I know who it is that redeems me from death and hell in spite of myself. I also know that it is only because of the atonement of the Savior that I was able to answer yes to that last question in the temple recommend interview.
Love of learning
I love learning and reading other viewpoints on the significance of events in the world around us as we draw closer to the time of the return of the Savior to the world. A large portion of this blog is dedicated to the study of the signs of the times as they unfold. I am grateful to live in this day and age when I can witness the fulfillment of prophecy.
I love books and I love writing. I grew up without a television so I developed a love of reading in my youth. I read voraciously, but not much fiction. So I’ll never understand why I promised a fellow blogger that I would write a work of fiction based on his works. I have been taking writing classes and participating in writer’s seminars over the past few years in preparation for fulfilling my promise. It’s a slow process and will probably not see the light of day until after I retire and have time to devote to it as it deserves.
A long time ago I applied for and landed a job where the official job title was computer dude. I have always liked that because it aptly describes what I do for a living. I am an IT generalist, with the current title of IT Director for a private jet management company. I readily acknowledge that my current employment was obtained as an answer to much fasting and prayer and am very grateful. I’ve never stayed with a job ten years. I hope to retire from this company – that is, if the American economy hold up until then.
My philosophy of life is centered on the idea of divine revelation as a source of knowledge. Yet I am a rationalist in that I embrace reasoning as an important part of deciding truth. But I am also an empiricist because I believe the same steps I take to obtain knowledge can be followed by others and should produce the same or similar results. I am not a skeptic. I am convinced that true knowledge is not only possible but is our divine right. I am not an existentialist. I do not believe that truth is subjective. I am a pragmatist. I look for truth in shared human experience.
Lifelong Republican, but only because that is where my conservative views find some common ground. I am not a right-winger in the sense that I do not espouse radical views, but enjoy reading and listening to those with whom I share common conservative views. Lately, I find that I have become more of a libertarian but feel more comfortable defining it as being a constitutionalist.
I spend way too much time on various Internet news sites during the day. My purpose is simply to be informed about current events. I frequent sites like spaceweather.com and space.com to keep an eye on the sun and the planets because events that will be happening there are part of the signs of the last days. I also spend a lot of time on Facebook each day, keeping up with family and friends.
I appreciate the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the Press and peaceable assembly. I exercise the first three every day in this blog and the fourth whenever I get together with a worship group. I hope we never take these freedoms for granted. In spite of the political and economic upheaval of the times in which we live, I am extremely grateful to live in the United States of America where I can enjoy these freedoms.
Although I do not own any firearms today, I see having a weapon as a deterrent. I am convinced that the day will come when a man will need to protect his home and family because of the degradation of society. I am not a member of the NRA but I can appreciate what the group is trying to do.
I am opposed to gay mariage. I supported Proposition 8 in the Nov 2008 election. I believe it is a moral issue and not a civil right. I voted for McCain in the 2008 election, but would have preferred to vote for Romney. I am pro-life, and believe abortion is close to murder. I voted for Romney in the 2012 election.
While I do believe we are in for some cataclysmic changes in the earth, I do not believe that mankind has caused global warming. When scientists first postulated that aerosols caused the hole in the ozone layer I felt it was BS. I think that Al Gore is an opportunist playing up natural events for political and financial gain.
I also think that there are many theories in the scientific world, especially in astronomy and cosmology, that are taken as fact. I espouse alternative viewpoints of Immanuel Velikovsky, Dave Talbot, Wal Thornhill, Anthony Perrat and Anthony Larson known collectively as the Electric Universe.
Just like I was born with an unwanted physical weakness of asthma in my body, I believe that people can be born with same-sex attraction. What they do with it is one of their major tests in life. We are all subject to God’s command to control our sexual urges.
You can read more about my stand on various political / social / moral issues here.
You can reach me at tmalonemcse at gmail.com or tim @ 3tcm.net
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