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Hi I'm Tom

I love watching soccer (football in the rest of the world), playing it on the weekends and coaching little league soccer.

About Me

I was born in a small town in Arizona. Our family later moved to Utah where I met my wife and started my family. I am an insurance broker and my wife is a public school teacher. We have three wonderful children. We love spending time together as a family. We each have a deep and profound love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon" because this church has everything I have ever searched for in a religion. It is truly a modern day version of the church that existed in Jesus' time as he established it and it is a Christian religion. We are taught that all that we do should be done in the name of Jesus Christ and that we should call on him forevermore. It espouses all the ideals, rights and privileges of the ancient church from Adam to Moses and from Christ to today. One of the most unique things about this religion is that even its leaders, at the very highest level, do not want members or investigators of the church to take their teachings or interpretations of the scriptures at face value. They want us and expect us to ask the Lord if what they are teaching us is in harmony with his will. We believe that revelation is not just for our leaders but for us on a very personal and individual basis, and that by and through the Holy Ghost (Spirit of God) we may know the truth of all things.. no matter the source. I have put several principles of the gospel to the test including Joseph Smith's vision of God and Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, our current leadership and something as simple as whether or not God actually exists and if Jesus is the Christ. The Spirit has testified to me that each of these things are true. The critical piece to the puzzle is knowing what the Spirit feels like and when you are feeling it. The easiest way for me to describe it is to explain instances when I have felt it or when I regularly feel it. If you are a parent, it's like the feeling you get when you are overwhelmed with love for your children. Or when you feel a strong patriotism for your country, or when you just know that something is right. It's love, comfort, confidence and peace all at once. It's the Lord telling you to trust in him and believe. You too can find out for yourself which of all the churches/religions on the earth are true. I believe this with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my church in several different capacities. My favorite is as a home teacher. I am assigned a companion and one or more families which we visit at least once a month. We get to know the family individuals and bring a message from our church leaders to them each month. We try our best to be there for the family when they may need us such as for a move, laying sod, home repairs, and even employment needs. These neighbors become our friends and closest associates and as we serve them, our love for them grows. I strive every day to make small improvements in my life in an effort to be more like Jesus Christ. This may include a reminder to be patient, or working hard to maintain the utmost integrity at work and in my association with human kind. Above all, I pray each day that God will bless me and my family with the capacity to love others as God loves them. And when I am filled with that love, there is a happiness and peace I feel inside that can not be duplicated in any other way.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Tom
We as humans are in a great partnership with God to bring his spirit children to this earth. It is a way to take part in the great plan of salvation as we must have physical bodies in order to progress through eternity. This can only happen through relations between a man and a woman. Thus, marriage between a man and a woman is sanctified by the Lord. Same sex marriage and relationships interfere with the progression of God's plan for his spirit children. The Lord will complete his work and his glory regardless of our choices on earth but we believe that we will be held accountable to him if we do not try our best to do our part in the progression of the plan. We are taught to be considerate of homosexuals and to love the individual, not the choices they make. We are encouraged strongly to be tolerant and understanding and respectful of others choices but to stand firm in the beliefs we hold true in harmony with the mind and will of God. We also believe strongly that through the atonement of Jesus Christ anything mankind faces may be overcome. We pray for those who struggle with same sex attraction that they may be able to trust in the Lord to find the help necessary to take part appropriately in His plan. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tom
Jesus taught that in order to enter heaven, a person must be baptized. That doctrine begs the question, "What about someone who has never even heard of Jesus Christ. What happens to them if they die before baptism?" Baptisms for the dead is a way for all of God's children to have equal opportunity to accept or reject His gospel. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are baptized in the place of or vicariously for those who have passed on with out the opportunity to be baptized while in mortality. This most sacred work is performed in the holy temples throughout the world. It does not force anyone to be a mormon. We believe that man's choice (or in our religion we call it agency) continues into the spirit world and each person can choose to accept the work or to reject it. It truly is one of the greatest doctrines in the church. The word Gospel means good news. What better news could there be than to know that loved ones who have passed on before they were able to learn the savings truths of the restored church will have the opportunity to accept it or reject it in the next life. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tom
To me the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the culminating act of God's love for us. We believe that we have a divine nature and that we are the literal offspring of God with seeds of godhood in us. Our Father in Heaven wants us to live as He lives now and enjoy all that He has. We lived with Him before earth. Birth was a necessary step in our eternal progression. But coming to earth meant being subjected to temptation, sin, illness, disease, suffering, abuse, mental anguish, and ultimately death. We would become fallen and separated from our Father. There are laws that govern the heavens that mortals simply can not keep without divine help. Sin and mortality render humankind unfit for life in the presence of God. Heavenly law exacts full payment. Somehow it had to be paid and the only one who had enough was our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He who was perfect and without blemish. I look at it as a bank account of righteousness. Each of us starts life with a full account but for every sin we lose funds. Because Christ never took a withdrawal, He had the full amount to pay the price for sin. And He did! Now he asks us to do certain things in order to benefit from his gift and return to our Father. Those things include having faith in Him, repenting, being baptized with His restored authority called the priesthood, and keeping the commandments. His Atonement covers more than sin. It covers all the wrongs of life. His grace enables us to keep heavenly laws required to live heavenly lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Tom
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. That He is our Savior and our Redeemer and the promised Messiah that the Jews hoped would save them. We believe that he is Jehovah, the god of the Old Testament and that He created the earth. Many in the Christian world do not believe that Mormon's are Christians. I think this stems from the fact that our view of the Godhead is different from the rest of the Christian world. We believe that the Father and the Son are two separate and distinct individual personages of body and spirit united in a soul. They have resurrected, perfected, and glorified physical bodies that look like yours and mine, only in heavenly form. We believe that the Holy Ghost also is a personage of spirit, not embodied, but if one were to see Him in His spirit form He would look like the Father and Son in that his personage has the form of a physical human being. These views are very different from the rest of Christianity but the doctrine is supported by the Bible and modern day scripture in the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Jesus completed all that he set out to do with regard to His mission on earth. That included perfect obedience to the commandments of the Father culminated in His Atonement for the sins of the world and His glorious resurrection from the dead. He lives today and speaks to modern prophets on the earth in our day. He is the head of this church and we worship and serve Him. Show more Show less