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Hi I'm Tom

I've been married to my wife Julie for 27 years. We have 5 children. I am a writer and professional communicator and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 50-something American living in Colorado in the United States. I've been a member of the Mormon church my entire life. I'm married. Together my wife and I have five children--four daughters and a son. Our children range in ages from 14 to 26. I worked for many years for a large telecommunications company doing executive and employee communications. I have recently changed careers and I am now writing for a living. I enjoy my secular work and I love serving in the church. I enjoy history, getting to know people from around the world (I get to do this a lot with my work) and I enjoy journal writing and playing the ancient Chinese board game of Wei Qi (known as go in Japan and baduk in Korea). Through this hobby, I've learned great respect for Asian culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned about the church as a child, but I've chosen to remain in the church and grow as a member because of numerous and continuing spiritual experiences that teach me to better recognize all that is godly in this world. I am a member of the Mormon church today because of what I recognize as the evidences of godliness in the lives of members of the church, from the Prophet and president of the church, Thomas Monson, to the people I serve with each week. In Matthew 7:17-20 Jesus taught: "Even so every good tree bringeth forth agood bfruit; but a ccorrupt tree bringeth forth devil fruit. "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. "Every tree that bringeth not forth good afruit is bhewn down, and cast into the fire. "Wherefore by their afruits ye shall know them." I suppose there are many reasons I am a Mormon. But the good fruits of the people I know who are Mormon tell me I'm on the right path.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in the church. I like the fact that as members of the Mormon church we are asked to help in making our local congregations work (we call them wards). In the past I've been asked to teach classes, lead groups, and work with the youth. When I was younger I served full time as a missionary for the church in Germany for two years. This changed my life in a very positive way. Today I volunteer my time by serving as the bishop of my ward. A Mormon bishop is asked lead his local congregation. I love meeting with the members and feel that I get more benefits and blessings from serving than the time I give in service. That is the way God works, I think. Other than service, I take seriously the Lord's call to be righteous and godly and attempt to pattern my life after great men and women, both past and present. I am happy to share my faith and I also enjoy learning about the faith of others.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tom
I believe that grace is power given to us to use for righteousness through Jesus Christ, specifically through His sacrifice or atonement. We are not saved by our works, but neither are we saved by professing our faith alone. Our Heavenly Father expects us work hard and to nurture a desire to follow His ways. He knows that we will not be able to do this with the very limited abilities given to us in this life. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, is absolutely necessary for our growth and happiness. Without the power, forgiveness, and understanding that comes to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we would not be able to 'be saved' or in other words, return to live again with God. Grace and works are therefore inseparable parts of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that this view is biblical and I take great comfort in knowing that I, like Jesus, must be "about my Father's business." He wants me to serve Him by serving others. But I also know that I cannot do this alone and therefore must constantly reach for His help. Each time I am strengthened, I am expected to work and each time I work, I am expected to reach for additional strength from Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. It is a never ending circle of growth that God gives us because He loves us and wants us to grow in righteousness and therefore in happiness. Show more Show less