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Hi I'm Tom

I was born and raised near San Francisco. I'm a university professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my life! I'm busy with family, work, church, and community. I enjoy walking, bike-riding, and reading. "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad is a favorite novel. I love to play the piano and guitar mostly by ear, and I enjoy singing. I married my wife in my early twenties, and we have four children, three of whom are married and have children of their own. We're so proud of them! We love them with all our hearts, and we thank God for them every day!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Lord Jesus. I know He lives and loves me. I feel His saving grace in my life every day. Being a committed Christian defines who I am. Being a Mormon empowers me to act on my Christian commitment, to be happier and more helpful than I could ever hope to be on my own. I wholly accept the Bible as God's Word, but I thank God every day that He has given living prophets and modern scriptures to resolve the conflicts that divide so much of Christianity.

How I live my faith

I believe God wants us to love and serve our neighbors per 1 John 4:20 and Mosiah 4:14-19, and so I try to do that. I volunteer as membership clerk of my local church, helping keep member names, addresses, etc. current per Luke 15:3-7 and Moroni 6:4. I help at our Community Table cafeteria for the homeless and the local United Way charitable fund-raising organization. As a professor of business computing, I also help local nonprofit organizations such as the local Senior Center, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and YMCA.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Mormons believe God has repeatedly revealed Himself and His gospel to prophets throughout human history (think Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc.). The reason we've needed these multiple "dispensations" of God's word is that, because of our fallen and sinful natures, we keep turning away from God and losing what He's given us. However, He loves us so much that He always gives the world another chance. The greatest revelation of God was in Christ Jesus. As part of His perfect life, He established again His true church on earth. As before, however, His authority and much of the truth He gave us were lost in the first few centuries after He ascended to Heaven. The various books of scripture that eventually became the Bible were unavailable to most people and were often misinterpreted by those who did have them. As a result, Christianity "stumbled greatly." As before, however, God has not abandoned us. In the early 1800's He visited Joseph Smith, called him to be a prophet, and once again established His church on earth. This is to be the last reestablishment needed before Christ's second coming. This time the Church will endure to welcome Christ when He comes in glory, thank Heaven! Show more Show less