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Hi I'm Tom

I grew up in Alaska, have a blended family - and best of all: I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a father of seven - two are mine, five are from my wonderful wife. I'm what is termed as a "professional", working at a great company as a manager in HR. I am a tech-guy (okay - more like a gadget boy), loving to see how technology can make a better tomorrow. I must say that I haven't always been a Mormon - heck, I was one of those guys who used to be VERY annoyed when the Mormon Missionaries would knock on my door... one of the rude ones who says something along the lines of, "Hey, I have a religion - I don't want yours... stop bothering me".. Yup, one of those.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of many things. First of all it is because of the example of some wonderful people I met. I admired their faith, their family, and the obvious joy and happiness they had. I started asking questions... and ... they answered - and invited me to church! When I told them that I wasn't THAT interested, they kept on being my friends. Second of all - it is because of the full-time missionaries. The missionary part started years and years before as many missionaries knocked on my door (and I sent away many missionaries because I didn't want to hear what they had to say).... but in the end ... it was full-time missionaries who taught me the lessons and invited me to be baptized. Best decision I've ever made (well... that and asking my wife to marry me...) It was great to have fundamental questions I had with the religion I was born into (Catholicism) answered. Everything made SO much more sense! Okay - I suppose it would not be a complete picture if I just stopped at why I originally became a Mormon.... I am a Mormon today because I have learned to rely on Heavenly Father... I've learned that prayers work... I've learned that faith in Him is rewarded... I've learned so much! Being a Mormon has helped me through some difficult times in my life - when I felt like the walls were caving in and hope was vanishing.. I remembered to pray. I remembered that Heavenly Father loves each one of His children. I remembered that He has a plan for my happiness... All I had to do was follow. So I did... After over 11 years of being a Mormon - I have come to have a very personal relationship with my Savior... I have learned much about the atonement... and I have come to understand that Mormonism isn't meant for perfect people... it was meant for people like me.. people who want to find peace, happiness, and joy... and you know what? I have found it! Being a Mormon is great! :-)

How I live my faith

I like to tell people that I live my faith the same way I live my life - because it makes me into the person I am! Confused yet? How about this: I'm the same guy at work, the same guy at home, the same guy at church... sure, I have my rough edges (my humor can be a bit ... um... sarcastic) - but - I am becoming a better person... better each day because I live my faith! At church I have the job of doing broadcasting some church meetings to some of our distant Alaskan villages. It is wonderful to be able to assist in sharing Christ's messages and bringing happiness and joy to so many people! I like to do is share my faith with others ... I am very aware that I am a Mormon and that many people think I'm crazy - and because of that, I study more, I pray more, I strive to be the best human being I can... I try to be as Christ like as I can be. I haven't always been a Mormon (I grew up a Catholic) - I fell away from the faith of my childhood but I have found answers to many questions AND power in being a Mormon. I suppose I could put it like this: I live my faith by loving my faith... and by acting in faith. You should try it. :-)

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tom
Are all Mormons required to serve a mission? No... but ... I'd say that a lot WANT to serve a mission. When I joined the church (in my 30s) I had a young family ... no way I had time to do a full-time mission - but the older I get the more desire I have to share what I have found. Being LDS (i.e., a Mormon) is great! :-) Show more Show less