I was born in April of 1993 to Steven and Tina Tims. I was blessed in my childhood because both my mother’s and father’s families belonged to the church. On my mother’s side, I can trace my church lineage back to Amboy, IL when Joseph Smith III was confirmed president of the church in 1860. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with both sets of my grandparents; I learned so much of what I know now from them. I learned many stories from the Bible and Book of Mormon, hymns of the church, but I was also able to observe how they chose to live their lives – devoted to serving the Lord.
When I reached middle school, I began attending church camps in the summer as well as F.I.S.H. (Fellowship in Seeking Him) Fridays that the church hosted during the school year. Both the camps and F.I.S.H. kept me grounded in the church as I began to be more exposed to the world. However, I wasn’t actually a member of the church yet. I held off being baptized for several reasons, and while my dad gently urged me to become a member, he never forced me to. After years of these gentle promptings, I stepped out in faith and was baptized into the church in August of 2012 and called to the office of deacon a few months later. My life has never been the same since!
As I grew older and graduated high school, I moved into the automotive industry. So far, most of my working career has revolved around cars, however from 2016-2020, I decided to explore other career options. It was during this time that I met my wife, Shayna. She is my greatest, as well as my favorite blessing. We were married in May of 2019 and currently live in Blue Springs with our two cats, and Great Dane.
In the summer of 2016, I was asked if I would be the president of the Deacon’s Quorum. It was a task that I wasn’t sure I was adequate for. But after spending some time in prayer, I once again stepped out in faith and was set apart as president. While things haven’t always been easy, the Lord has always come through for me in this role and helped me when I’ve called upon him. I think that is the greatest testimony that I have so far in my life, that so long as I step out in faith and do what the Lord asks, He always sees me through. Just as it is written in 1 Nephi 1:65 – “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord gives no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”