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Hi I'm Tom.

I grew up in a small cowtown in Texas. I research in the social sciences. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm not particularly a special person by any means. But I'm happy, and that counts for a lot in my view. I have two of the most rambunctious, funny, and thought-provoking little children, am lucky to have such an awesome wife, and spend my days working on solutions to problems in the social sciences. I grew up in a tiny Texas cowtown where cows outnumbered people. I love soccer, swimming, parasailing, cliffdiving, mountain climbing, cooking (without recipes--it's really hit or miss!), and the occasional science fiction or speculative history book. I have two proverbs that serve as my personal philosophies: "It's all about life!" and "Do it. Do it right. Do it right now."

Why I am a Mormon

A prophet in the ancient Americas, known as Benjamin, preached how that, even though the dust of the earth is simple, God created the world from the dust. If He could do such marvelous things with lowly dust, imagine what He could make out of you and I! Being a Mormon is more than belonging to a social group, living a certain lifestyle, or doing certain actions. Being a Mormon is just that: being. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the name of the Mormon church, has been set up for this day and age so that you and I can become. I believe we all lived with our Heavenly Father before we came to earth, and that we came to this earth to learn how to make wise decisions. Without this chance at life, we'd never achieve the potential Heavenly Father has in store for us. How do we achieve this? What are we to be? John 17:3 says to the effect that eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ. How do we come to know Jesus Christ? By doing what he did. What did he do? Well, besides godly miracles, he taught, preached, and healed. He was baptized by one who held the proper authority (John the Baptist). I believe that this authority was restored by Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith, and passed down since that time. This is one of the reasons I chose to stay with the church, long ago. This decision has been strengthened because of who I see I become as I follow the teachings of Christ and His apostles. My life has been unequivocally blessed in more ways than I can list here. Because of this, I can say without hesitation that, even though I may be many things, I am through and through a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. James, an apostle in the New Testament, wrote that (I paraphrase) pure religion is to visit the widow, the orphan, and to serve. To see a person achieve the potential Heavenly Father knows that person can be, this is what I love to see.