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Hi I'm Teppo

I study particles. I love the outdoors. I'm Finnish and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I study physics and try to make sense of a beautiful and complex world. Every once in a while I stop to wonder about how God solves differential equations.

Why I am a Mormon

I have believed in God since I was very young. As a teenager I started to developed a more conscious faith. I have encountered things that test my faith but there are even more things that convince me that God does exist and really knows and cares about me personally. I think it's wonderful that although not all life's questions will be answered at once, God really does provide answers to most things we ask of Him when we continue to seek for knowledge by study and by prayer.

How I live my faith

My faith has two aspects, the personal and the communal. I study the scriptures, like the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and pray to come closer to God and to keep my life in balance. That's the more personal part, a direct relationship with God. I also really enjoy the communal side of my faith: visiting with other people about their belief in God, helping others with their practical needs like homework or job search, worshiping together on Sundays etc. My faith is a foundation that gives a different perspective to everything else that I do. It motivates me to be a better student and employee, it helps me to have patience when life does not go exactly as I wanted it to, and it reminds me to follow the example of Jesus in loving others and trying to be a friend to all.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I love going to the temple. In the temples we are taught about the purpose of this life and how we can return back to our Heavenly Father to live with Him after this life. In the temples we also make covenants or religious promises between God and ourselves. These promises help us to live good lives and to make the world a better place. One of the most important covenants performed in the temple is the eternal marriage. We call it eternal because we believe that it will be in force even after death, as long as we keep our part of the promise. Mormons believe that to return back to God, every person has to receive the ordinances of the temple. Because of this, we do family history and find out about our ancestors. We then perform vicarious ordinances for them so that if they choose, they can accept these ordinances even though they have passed on from this life to the next. Performing ordinance for the deceased also helps us to remember what we have been taught and what we have promised in the temple. Going to the temple regularly helps me keep other things in life in perspective and reminds me that with God's help, I can have a fulfilling and joyous life. Show more Show less