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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am first a Christian, then a husband and father of 4 children, 2 that we had naturally and 2 that we adopted. I am in sales and manage 5 reps. I dream about running my own business one day. I also want to run for the local school board. I really feel passionate about helping the youth graduate from High School with a clear direction about their future.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised and baptized at a young age into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I really was just going through the motions as a youth. Until one day, after having a typical teenage downer of a day, I walked to a local park and started to swing. While swinging, I started to pray. I was unsure of my direction in life and felt like I needed to know if there really was a God and if he knew of my existence. By the time I had finished my prayer, I was no longer swinging, just lost in thought, when a breeze of air started to blow and I felt goose bumps run all through my body. Tears began to fall and I knew right then that God was real and that He knew me personally. From that moment on, my life had direction and I had more and more of those experiences confirming the truth of His existence, the truth of His Son Jesus Christ, that He Lives and is my Saviour and that the two of them appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820 and through him, brought back the Church of Jesus Christ in it's fullness. Joseph Smith was also tasked with translating the Book of Mormon so that we could have an additional witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of his mission. I know that the feelings described above are the way that God tells me the truth. I have since learned that these feelings are the Holy Ghost letting me know of that truth. It is available to everyone. I have had way too many of these experiences over my life to simply pass them off as a passing fancy. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that he lived, served, blessed, atoned, died and was resurrected and that He lives today. I know that through Christ I too can live again and one day return to the presence of God our Eternal Father.

How I live my faith

Whether in the church or out of the church, I feel that living my faith is a daily, hourly task. I currently teach six 5 year old boys. You can imagine how that goes. We meet every Sunday and we talk about their little lives and how Jesus can help them be the best 5 year old's ever. I love meeting with them. They actually teach me and make me want to be better. I think about them all week. Because of my experiences above, I feel determined to live as clean a life as I can. To some this may seem over the top. But I feel my approach is honest and I don't impose it. I try and read my scriptures daily. I pray several times a day...in the car, at my bedside, with my family, at meal times. I try to think of others during my prayers. I visit with other folks in our congregation to check on them and make sure they are doing okay. One of my families I visit just lost his job, another is struggling with cancer. I feel for them and offer my services as best I can. Occasionally I assist the missionaries (you know the boys with white shirts and ties that go around town sharing the message of Jesus?) with their visits and teaching appointments. Other than that, I just try and live the golden rule.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tom
We believe the Bible to be the Word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We know it is not the only text written about or by God, but it is one that we revere as Holy Scripture. The Bible itself says "...the world itself could not contain all the works of the Saviour..." If we are to believe that God loves all of His children, then wouldn't he speak to them (via prophets or other spiritual leaders) and those words be written and saved? Therefore, we accept the Bible as a major source of information about Jesus Christ that we use as a witness that He was prophesied about many years before His birth, that He came into this earth life and taught, healed, instituted His Church, suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for our sins and subsequently killed on the cross in Golgotha and then rose triumphant from the grave three days later. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Tom
For a couple reasons. First we have been commanded to warn others when we have been warned. Secondly, there is just a feeling that is hard to explain when you feel the Saviours love and His mercy and grace on your behalf that is very difficult to keep quiet. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Tom
Isn't that the core of a belief in Jesus, that if we live like Him in this life, that there is a hope that we might live with Him in the next?  In the book of John in the King James version of the Bible we read: "...that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal or everlasting life." Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Tom
Modesty and chastity are related but not the same. They are similar in that one who is modest is usually chaste and visa versa and they are related in that there is a mindset that one has to subscribe to in order to be modest and chaste....and that is a belief that we are children of God and that our bodies are not ours alone, but belong ultimately to that God who gave us life. That belief then turns into respect for one's body and therefore we desire to dress modestly as well as keeping our bodies free of body piercings and tattoos. Modesty is kind of like a prerequisite to chastity. When we avoid immodesty, then the temptation by others to hurt us is reduced and our minds don't allow others to injure us either. It is vital in our world today to protect our children from the many temptations of immodesty. We have to explain to our children what is listed above and then once they understand the why, they must be empowered to make the choice themselves...with guidance from parents as needed. The earlier a parent is involved the better the chances of a life of modest and chaste living. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Tom
We align ourselves with the doctrine of Christ found in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. We feel it should be a choice when the participant is old enough to choose for themselves. The Church has determined the age to be 8 years old when one is old enough to be accountable for their choices and thus in need of following the first ordinance that the Saviour himself received from John the Baptist. This very experience reveals several things about Baptism that we follow. First, that one seeks it out. Second, that they find someone with the authority to perform the baptism. Third, that the Baptism is done in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Fourth, the one being baptized is completely immersed under the water. We feel that Baptism is essential in following Jesus Christ and is one way in which we show Him that we are His follower. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Tom
Well, I get a couple of different responses when I get to know others. Those who have been around other Mormon's usually pick me out. Others usually just say Ah when I say I am a Mormon. This likely comes from what most consider to be a strict code of health (avoiding drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc...); a practice of keeping the Sabbath day holy (not participating in the usual Sunday activities); not viewing inappropriate movies; and volunteering our time helping to keep the church functioning regularly. We are covenant making people and so we are striving to always be righteous. Attending Church, treating others with respect, repenting when we do make wrong choices, etc... Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Tom
 Of course. If I believe there is a God and He is our Father in Heaven then why would he love his children differently? Common sense tells me that He loves us in 2011 just as much as He does/did those in 2000 BC or 3000 BC, etc... The scripture that goes something like "He is the same yesterday, today and forever" kinda fits here. Plus, Moses played a role in Gods plan just as Jesus played a role in Gods plan, just as today's prophet does. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tom
The Atonement of Jesus Christ consists of two events. First is when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane taking upon him our sins for Heaven cannot accept sin. This event requires us to accept Christ and repent frequently in order to be forgiven and therefore clean. The second event is the Resurrection of Christ which occurred three days after his crucifixion, paving the way for us to also be resurrected or raised from the dead. This event is a free gift from Heavenly Father. We do not have to do anything to qualify for this portion. I like to think of the Atonement as a door that has been placed before us, but nobody can open the door but ourselves. We need to walk up to the door, turn the handle and walk in. These actions can be likened to having Faith in Christ, Repenting, getting Baptized, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and keeping God's commandments for the duration of our mortal life. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Tom
Ask the source. If God and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith and restored the Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth again through him, then who better to ask than them? How do you ask? Prayer. How do you know they are answering you? In your heart and in your mind. You will feel it is right and know it is true. It is hard to describe, but you will know. Show more Show less