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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a designer and filmmaker living in the midwest and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a professor of visual design at a major university and engage in many types of research from web and motion design to using a 17th-century letterpress. I don't watch much TV. I love to read and ponder good old printed books and I love to play tennis, jog and spend time doing art and playing with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was one year old and I therefore grew up in the church. During my late teens and early 20s I didn't attend church and was not living the church's teachings as well as I should have been. Ranging somewhere between lazy and indifferent, my inactivity came face-to-face with some difficult life decisions that forced me to seek out the truth of the church's teachings. Through extreme effort, unexplainable events and many Christ-like people, I made my way back and came to know the following: There is a God who loves us. Jesus Christ is the Savior. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God who was chosen to restore the original church. Families can be together forever. This life is a small moment in eternity.

How I live my faith

I enjoy visiting various members of our congregation on a monthly basis as the church asks us and I enjoy serving in the church. Most recently, I was responsible for setting up the appointments for those wishing to meet with the local church leadership and I was responsible for maintaining the congregation's web site. I also treasure attending the temple where we make promises with God and give opportunities to those who have passed on without having had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ. Though my many roles of husband, father, provider and citizen keep me extremely busy, I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve my fellow men and women.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

When my wife and I were married in the Arizona Temple in 1999, we were married not "until death do you part" but forever. The words that the marriage officiator used during the ceremony were that we were "sealed for time and all eternity" and that this was a reality as long as we strive to keep the commandments and do our best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ throughout our lives. Now, as we have four precious children we take unexplainable comfort in knowing that we are all sealed together as a family and that if each of us continues to live the Gospel that we can live together forever as a family with our Heavenly parents and Jesus Christ. When I think about eternity without my family, I wonder: Could it really be heaven without them? Definitely not. Show more Show less