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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a retired anesthesiologist. I love music and running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I were married the summer before starting medical school and had long years of training. I loved being able to help patients get through the stressful experience of surgery safely and with as little pain as possible. Now I am retired from working as chair of a department of dedicated professionals who all had those same goals. We have a daughter and four sons and 11 wonderful grandchildren. Early in our marriage we decided that we wanted our children to have a love of God, a love of beauty, and a love of learning - and we have been very blessed. Music and sports have been important, especially when our family was young. I still enjoy playing the organ for worship services and run regularly.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents were all members of the Church and I grew up accepting what I was taught, but with questions. While still very young I had experiences that powerfully reinforced my awareness that God was real and cared what happened to me. During a freshman year at college I had to decide whether or not to serve a mission for the Church and after much prayer felt a clear answer that I should, as soon as I turned 19 (the minimum age then). My two-year mission in France provided many challenges to my beliefs, but in the end strengthened my faith in God and the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. While I have admiration for those of other faiths and beliefs, none that I have studied answered my deepest questions about my existence - who am I in relation to God, is there a plan for life, and how can I find happiness. Many personal experiences since that time have continued to strengthen my core beliefs: that God is our loving Father, that Jesus Christ is His Son and our redeemer, that Joseph Smith was called by them to restore the original Christian church, that the Book of Mormon is authentic, and that God has a plan for my life with unnumbered blessings if I will put my trust in Him.

How I live my faith

I have served in several leadership positions in the church, which has required many hours away from my family. My wife's encouragement and support has been invaluable and the experiences have been a blessing to all the family. My most cherished memories involve working with individuals who made serious mistakes in their lives and wanted to set things straight again. Teaching them to understand God's great love for them, to have greater faith in Christ and apply his invitation to repent and come unto Him has also strengthened my own faith. As I watched their lives change, I knew I was witnessing the miracle of God's forgiveness and His power to lift and transform us. My wife and I love serving in the temple and recently accepted a mission call to serve in the temple located in Accra Ghana. We are eagerly looking forward to 2 years of serving a different culture of beautiful people with great faith, and meeting the members of the Church who come to that temple.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Tom
We believe that God is the father of our spirits and that as His offspring we have the potential to become like Him. He created this earth so we could learn to live by faith. His Son Jesus Christ was sent to show us how to live joyfully, how to repent and be forgiven of sins, and through His grace and redeeming power qualify to return to the presence of the Father. Tribulations and trials are necessary for us to learn faith, virtue, patience, hope, and love - all attributes of Jesus Christ and our Father. Show more Show less