Hi I'm Tom
I'm an economist and an educator. I'm married and I have three adorable little kids. I like outdoor activities. I'm a Mormon.
I grew up in the California Bay Area as the oldest child in a family of four. I'm now married and have three little kids of my own. Ever since I was in high school I've wanted to help people be more successful in their education. After I graduated from college I joined Teach For America and taught middle school math in Kansas City. Now I'm attending graduate business school with plans to help transform the field of education. My wife and I love to get together with other couples or young families to share meals, swap parenting stories, and play board games. I learned Spanish while living in Puerto Rico and I relish opportunities to talk to other people in Spanish. I love meeting new people and learning about other cultures.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for my entire life. The way they lived their religion around me as I was growing up was a powerful example to me of how faith can bring spiritual power into our lives. When I was 12 years old I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and felt the peaceful, comforting witness of the Holy Ghost confirming that it is true and that God loves me and cares about my life. As a teenager and as an adult I have worked hard to consistently do things to strengthen my faith and deepen my relationship with God. Along the way I have had many experiences, both simple and dramatic, that have confirmed my faith. I love the verse in 1 Corinthians 214-15 when the apostle Paul tells the people, "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." At times in my life I have been confronted with doubts, but I have also experienced the power of God in my life enough to know that what I believe is true.
How I live my faith
My wife and I work hard to make our home a place where God's influence can been seen and felt. We've put up many pictures around our house to remind us of the two things that we value most: the family that God has blessed us with and the faith that brings us our greatest peace and joy. Although it can be tricky with an infant and a toddler, we try to study the scriptures and pray together as a family each night. We are also very involved with our local congregation and enjoy opportunities to teach lessons and give talks at church.