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Hi I'm Tom

I grew up in New York. I'm an avid sports fan. I work in college athletics as an athletic trainer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In short, life is what you make of it! I have had some great experiences in my life so far, and have no regrets with any of them. I grew up in western New York and went to college at John Carroll University (OH) where I pursued my degree in athletic training. I then received my master's degree in sports administration from Eastern Illinois University and was a graduate assistant working with football and men's basketball. I have spent most of my professional career working in college athletics, except for one year when I worked in the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball organization. Work has allowed me to travel all over the country and see some amazing places. So, as an avid sports fan, I would say I have the perfect job. I get to wake up each day and do something I love - being involved in sports, and helping to change the lives of each person I come in contact with. What's better than that?

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That's a great question! There are lots of reasons, but if it wasn't for my best friend inviting me to watch General Conference with him and some others, and then giving me the Book of Mormon to read, I don't think I would be a Mormon today! Those experiences changed me. So, yes, I am a convert to the Church, and it has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life to date. I grew up in the Catholic Church, but at the time I was invited to watch General Conference, I wouldn't characterize myself as a "practicing" Catholic. I would honestly say that I was lost and at a cross-roads in my own life. Not only in what I was doing, but also in where I was going. But after going to General Conference, I remember feeling something different, a feeling of peace, unlike I had ever felt before in any religious situation. Taking my friend's challenge to read the Book of Mormon, and to pray about it, asking to know if it was true, I felt that same peace again. So, I thought about it, prayed about it a lot, and got my answer when looking up a scripture that was referenced in a tv show I was watching. Weird I know, but we often get answers to our prayers in things, in people, or at times when they are least expected. This is what I saw, "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:12-13). When I read those verses, I felt that same peace again. So why am I a Mormon? Because I felt in my heart and know in my mind that this Church is true, that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and that Heavenly Father has provided us a way to return to him someday through the atoning sacrifice of Christ.

How I live my faith

Each day I strive to have happiness in my own life by following the commandments of God, and exemplifying them in all that I do. Without a doubt, it's a hard thing to do, and I do make mistakes, we all do. But there are a few things that help me along the way. First, I am a child of God, and he loves me, and wants me to succeed and be happy. Second, when I do make a mistake, I can seek forgiveness. Finally, I work in college athletics, a realm with a lot of things going on in it, but it provides me an opportunity each day to be a positive example in all I do to those around me. I can prove to them that you can do both things - follow your faith with all your heart, and be successful in life - you don't have to sacrifice either provided you truly believe in what you know and in what you do each day and trust in Heavenly Father to help you along the way.