Hi I'm Tom
I always liked puzzles when I was a kid so I think that is why I like to fix things; my car, things around the house, pretty much anything. I love living near the water. There is something peaceful about the water. Recently I've been lucky enough to travel; that's fun. Most importantly I'm a husband and a dad.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon for a lot of reasons but primarily because it just feels right. I knew as a teenager that I was missing something in my life. When I went to school in Utah and learned about the Mormons I found the pieces that had been missing. It was somewhat like that New Testament story about the sheep hearing the shepherd's voice. I heard it in my heart and knew it was right.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I'm not sure why others go but I went because I was excited to share what I had learned. The people in France weren't always excited to listen but I learned to love them and to love the work. I wouldn't trade that experience for any other in my life.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon has been my touchstone over the years. When things in my life aren't making sense I will start to read the Book of Mormon. By the time I'm done whatever was going on seems to have worked itself out. I've read it about 20 times and every time it helps me feel better about life.
How I live my faith
I've spent the better part of 30 years working with the youth in the Church, which has helped to keep me feeling young. Right now I'm volunteering as a Boy Scout leader for a patrol of 11-year old Scouts. I don't wear my religion on my sleeve but it is important to me to show people, particularly young people, that believing in God and being a good person are not things to be ashamed of. Also, that you can be well educated, well read, and work in a demanding profession while maintaining your faith. Religion and science are not at war with each other because God is the ultimate scientist - and mathematician, which I really admire.