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Hi I'm Tommy

I tell computers what to do and they mostly listen to me.

About Me

I'm originally from Wyoming, but moved to Utah a few years ago to finish college. I work as a software engineer, developer, and consultant. I'm excited to learn new things and find puzzles, brain teasers, and math absolutely thrilling. I'm a game and sports enthusiast and am up for just about anything. I'm an avid reader and am usually juggling many books at any given time. I love to laugh and can't imagine life without a sense of humor.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the church and I was born into it soon after they were married. My father passed from lymphoma when I was seven years old. My mother did her best to raise my sister and me and to teach us the gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember her bearing her testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and it is something that has stuck with me. However, I fell in with a questionable crowd when I was about seventeen and wanting my 'freedom', moved out and fell away from the Church. When I fell away, my mother never gave up on me. She continued to love me and support me by bearing her testimony to me and helping me out in her small special ways. I was absent from the church for about seven years. During that time, I made many mistakes and truly went through the school of hard knocks. I always felt a tug from the church in my heart, but it wasn't until I lost just about everything that I made my way back. My mother took me in once again and slowly I returned to the church and was welcomed with loving arms! It is because of a mother that wouldn't give up on me, with the help of a loving Heavenly Father and Savior to guide and direct me, that I am a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I volunteer with a few organizations to try and help make a difference in our communities. It's a great feeling and it's amazing to help others that would like your help and also help people see that they can be so much more. I try to follow the example of the Savior Jesus Christ. Each week we have the opportunity to partake of the sacrament and I try to focus on what that means, Throughout the week, I try to remember the promises I have made to be a faithful follower of Christ and to remember I have taken on His name and that helps me to be humble and hopeful with the challenges I face. I love to study the scriptures and am thankful for opportunities to pray to the Lord to receive peace, comfort, and joy. I'm grateful for the mercy and patience the Lord has in helping me to be a better person.

In whom should we have faith?

We should have faith in those we believe know how to accomplish the thing we are seeking. For example, if you're on a baseball team and seek to improve your skills, having faith in your coach can help you gain in skill. This means that you seek his advice, listen to what is taught, and then put in the time to practice what was taught until the thing is mastered. However, one needs to exercise faith in someone that is true, otherwise one does not really progress. If a coach does not teach a technique correctly, the student cannot progress fully no matter how hard the student tries. In life, the great coach is the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to the earth to preach and teach the truth. He knows our specific challenges and trials. He knows and is willing to help us as we seek His advice, listen to His teachings, and do what He would do by following His example and doing what He taught. Since He is truth, when we exercise faith in Him, we progress to our fullest potential and the experience gained increases our capacity for charity, knowledge, and wisdom and we become more like Him. Show more Show less