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Hi I'm Tom

I’m a husband, a proud father, a marketing professional, and I’m also a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a husband of one and a father of three grown children--two of which are married and the other is currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love being outdoors and being active, especially with family or friends. My hobbies include golfing, camping, hunting/fishing, and snorkeling in warm-water locations. I’m a college graduate with a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and for the past 25 years I’ve been employed by a international non-profit organization in their media and marketing department. I have been an active member of the Mormon Church my entire life, and served a Church mission in Sweden a number of years ago. Currently, I'm serving as the leader of a local congregation of the Church in Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, my answer to this question was, “Why Not?” Particularly, after seeing how the Church’s teachings, standards, and principles have helped me, my family, friends, and many others strive to live, act, and become more Christ-like in our daily lives… But beyond the positive values and lifestyle that the Church promotes, I’m really a Mormon because I’ve studied and prayed about the doctrines and teachings of the Church and have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that these things are true. This personal witness or testimony is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it, but it is real. It is also something that God (as explained in the scriptures) has promised to give anyone who sincerely desires to know truth. Because of this witness, it is easy for me to state my belief and conviction in such unique Church teachings as the eternal nature of families, the restoration of the Savior’s Church and gospel to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, and that the Savior continues to lead and direct His Church through a living prophet today. I also have a deep conviction of the Atonement of Christ, and that the Book of Mormon truly is another witness of the Savior, which has come forth in our day from a loving God that wants us to better understand his will and purpose.

How I live my faith

Like most people, it’s a day to day thing for me. Because I believe that my salvation is largely dependent upon the way I live my life here on earth, I try to live each and every day according to the teaching of the Savior. Now I’m not saying that I always succeed in doing this, but it’s what I try to do. The great thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it teaches us that when we do fall short, we can always repent and let Christ’s atoning sacrifice pay the price for our sins and transgressions. This is the only way we can become “clean” in the scriptural sense and be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven after this life is over. As I try to live my life in accordance with Christ’s teachings, I’ve also recognized the importance of helping and serving others as the Savior did. I try and do this by serving in the Church and in the community. Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn’t have a paid clergy, there are multiple opportunities to serve in teaching, administrative, or other capacities within the Church. Currently I’m serving as the Bishop in one of our local Mormon congregations. This leadership role keeps me fairly busy, but I’ve also found time during the past few years to volunteer as an assistant coach for our high school lacrosse team, and even be involved in Boy Scouts. As I’ve served in and out of the Church I have discovered the joy and happiness that serving others brings into my life.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tom
Because Mormons believe in the Book of Mormon, people often think we don't believe in the Bible. This is not the case. In fact, the actual title of the Book of Mormon is; "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." This insinuates that there is a first witness of Christ, which we believe to be the Holy Bible. In addition, one of the Church's basic statements of belief states; " We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." (Eighth Article of Faith) In comparison, the Bible consists of God’s teachings given to the people in the old world through prophets and by Jesus Christ himself. The Book of Mormon also contains God’s teachings, but this time as given to the inhabitants of the Americas by prophets and Christ himself following his death and resurrection in the old world. When read together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon clarify Christ’s gospel and teachings, and provide us two important witnesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tom
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asked to contribute one tenth of their income to the Church. These tithes are then used to cover the expenses of the Church locally and internationally. Tithing funds are always used for the Lord's purposes—to build and maintain temples and meetinghouses, to sustain missionary work, to educate Church members, and to carry on the work of the Lord throughout the world. Show more Show less