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Hi I'm Tommy

I'm a husband, a father, and an engineer. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in the southern United States all of my life. I grew up in a fairly large family--the oldest child, with all of its ups and downs. I went to college, and after graduating, got a job doing something that I love. Being a husband and a father, I'm a busy guy, but having my priorities straight makes things easier. Those priorites are God, family, and then everything else.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family who were Mormons, but there came a time in my youth where I had to know for myself if what I'd been taught really came from God. I read in the Book of Mormon where the prophet, Moroni, spoke of putting it to a test through prayer. I believed that God could give me the answer I was seeking. I knelt beside my bed and offered up a simple prayer. I simply asked for Heavenly Father to let me know if the Book of Mormon was truly from Him. I finished my prayer and remained on my knees, paying particular attention to my feelings. I began to feel a quiet peace, and more than anything, a sense that I was loved, known, and watched over. I knew then that I had received my answer--it was true. There have been many other experiences over the course of my life, personally as well as witnessed in the lives of others, that have reaffirmed that knowledge. I know God lives. He is my Heavenly Father and He love me and all of us. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Redeemer. Christ has paid the price of our sins through His sacrifice, and I know that He lives as well, for He resurrected from the dead. He has restored His true church in our day through the prohet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was but a man, but by the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon from the writings of ancient prophets. He established The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by divine guidance and restored authority from angelic ministers. Since his time, God has called other men to succeed him as Prophet, until we have a prophet today that leads and guides us, Thomas S. Monson, the President of our church. This is my testimony and my witness.

How I live my faith

Living what I believe is an everyday activity--definitely not something that I do on Sunday at church. It involves my attitude, my relationship with others, and most importantly, my relationship with my Savior. It takes work! Reading the scriptures, saying my prayers, teaching my family, fulfilling my responsibilities at church--it all takes time. Everyone knows how precious that is in our hectic world. But when I ask myself what really matters most, those are the things that come back. The best thing that I can do is try to follow the Savior's example and strive to be a better disciple everyday. Sure, I'm going to mess up along the way, and it's up to me to repent and ask forgiveness. I know that Christ's atonement is real and it works for me! What a precious thing to know and apply in my life. Everyone needs this truth in their lives, and the best way that I can share it is to live it.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missionaries for the church come in many shapes and sizes. Faithful young men of the church have been asked to sanctify two years of their lives to serve others and to teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As one who served for those two years, I viewed it as a sacred obligation to share the blessings that I have received through the gospel with others. The young men are eligible to serve from 18-25 years old for a period of two years of service. Women are not excluded from the opportunity to serve, being eligible beginning at 19 years old, serving for a period of 18 months. Later in life, married couples, who no longer have children at home, can choose to serve as well, serving for periods of one year, 18 months, or two full years. Anyone who serves does so of their on free will and are tremendously blessed for it. Show more Show less