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Hi I'm Tom Duggan

I grew up in Southern California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love walks along the beach when I'm not helping other people fix their computer problems.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by loving, practicing Mormon parents. However, as I got into my teen years I realized I had to find out the truth for myself. I often heard other Mormons share their convictions of the Gospel with me and when they did I felt a power that touched my heart deeply. What was that powerful feeling I kept having? How could they be so sure of the things they were saying to me? At length, I decided that if I was going to continue to be a Mormon, I had to know as they knew. For me, nothing less than a God-given witness would be good enough. I had been taught in my youth that God could hear and answer our individual prayers, so I decided to put everything I was taught to the test in prayer. I studied and read the teachings of the Church and of the scriptures enough so that I felt I could ask God in faith and expect an answer. I testify that He answered my one-on-one prayer through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of truth that Jesus taught us would guide us into all truth (John 16:13, Bible). It was that same powerful feeling I had had before but didn't completely understand. Now I undersood. I had that same experience in both my mind and my heart that others went through who had come before me. I found out the promises of James 1:5 (Bible) and Moroni 10:3-5 (Book of Mormon) were true. I no longer needed to depend on anyone else for my religious convictions because now I had my own God-given witness. Since then, it has been this same Spirit that helped me recognize all the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they have been brought back to the earth again. This is why I will be a Mormon for life.

How I live my faith

I try every day to live by the example of Jesus Christ and to treat others the way I would like to be treated. Personal honesty and integrity are important to me and I make a daily effort to show these traits at home and at work. My wife and I teach our children how to be like Christ by treating each other with love and respect and serving one other. We also teach them to be law-abiding citizens and to get involved with wholesome school and community programs. One of my church assignments is to visit members outside of the weekly Sunday services to help them feel like someone cares about them and to see if I'm able to provide help to those who are struggling. I love helping people in this way. I sometimes feel like I'm helping Christ care for His flock.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Tom Duggan
The Church was organized in 1830 in upstate New York with Joseph Smith, Jr. as its first prophet and president. Today, it is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with a living prophet-successor to Joseph Smith as its leader. Members believe this church is Jesus Christ’s ancient church re-established on the earth by direct revelation from God and the visiting of angels. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tom Duggan
No. We worship God the Father as we have been taught to do so by his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Tom Duggan
“Mormon” is a nickname first used by people who did not belong to the church and started because of our belief in the Book of Mormon, one of the church’s scriptural volumes. Show more Show less