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Hi I'm Tommy

I am a dad, a banker, a youth football coach, a community volunteer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am middle aged father of 4. We live in a small town in western US- returning to where I grew up. I served a mission for the Church at 19 in the eastern United States and finished my schooling at Brigham Young University before returning "home". I love serving in the Church, spending time with my wife and children, fishing and reading. I love giving back the community that gave me so much, so I coach football, volunteer with service groups and community groups.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up in a family that were members of the Church, at one point or another in our lives, we all must be converts. My conversion was probably more gradual than someone investigating the Church for the first time- but I assure you that I have been converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been restored in the last days. It is exciting to me as I read the scriptures to think that I am part of the kingdom of God promised to prepare the world for Jesus to come again. I love how the gospel answers my most difficult life questions, helps me through difficult life circumstances and gives me the peace that all of us long for in our relationship with God. I am a Mormon because I know it is true- I could not live a lie or associate with anything that is not what is purports to be. As you can tell from the profile- I have not done anything extraordinary in my life to warrant special recognition or anything. I am happy to know that despite all of that- I AM special to a Father in Heaven that knows me personally and loves me perfectly.

How I live my faith

You cannot seperate my faith and me at any point in my life. It educates who I am, how I interact with others, how I choose my free time, etc. I am currently a bishop for the Church and love my association with the members of my ward. Living my faith is not a Sunday only proposition. It has to be all day, every day in order to be something that has an effect on my life, my family's life, etc.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Tommy
I love this question the most. While it is true that we have the Bible- it is also true that it has been interpreted in so many ways that it is impossible to know who is right about it's application. The restoration is more that just a restoration of truth with additional scripture to help us, but it is a restoration of the authority to act in God's name, a restoration of a living prophet to help us navigate difficult times such as these- and a restoration of the promises God has made for many centuries that he would send his gospel to the ends of the earth. This is a great time to be alive Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Tommy
My mom always told me that "many hands make light work". I believe that and it is fun to see an organization like the Church run on primarily volunteer hours from people that love it. I have served in many church positions in my life- but I have loved them all. I serve now and love it- but I know some day I will be asked to do something else -- and nothing is too big or too small to do. We do not have a paid clergy becuase honestly-- nothing could ever come close to the "payment" God gives us in blessings, peace, understanding and joy that comes from serving in the Church. I have been very lucky to serve and be served by some of the best people I know-- and they do it all out of love and duty, and not becuase of a paycheck that might come later. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Tommy
This is a very tender subject and frankly, if religion cannot answer this question, there is not much use for it. We believe that we return home to that God that gave us life when we die. There is a spirit world that awaits us there that is not the end of life at all- but rather another sphere where the work of God continues. We await the resurrection there, which will come to all of us who have lived on the earth as a gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The quality of that resurrection, however, depends on many of the choices we have made here in mortality- including accepting Jesus Christ as the Savior, receiving his gospel including the ordinances he has designed to allow is to enter into sacred covenants with him, and our adherance to these covenants. Death is not something to be feared, but is really a part of the overall plan He has for us. I have had many close family members pass away, and these experiences are heart rending because we will miss them- but they have been sacred because I know that I will see them again and that death did not spell the end of them. Show more Show less