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Hi I'm Tom

I am a life-long scouter, a grandfather of 7 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 6 children and 7 wonderful little grandchildren. My wife and I are active swimmers and love to ride our mountain bikes. My wife supported me through school while I earned my PhD in poultry nutrition. This has allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom to care for our children. Our family life is secondary only to our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon in a family of seven children. My 2 brothers and I all served missions for the Church when 19 years of age. I spent two years in Finland and yes, I learned to speak fluent Finnish. I have been challenged many times on my belief during my life. I have had to explain why I live and believe like I do to many people. The lesson I have learned from all of this is that a person can (and actually has the responsibility to) ask God specific questions and find out for themselves what is right. I know that God answers our questions in prayer. I have shared my knowledge of the Book of Mormon to many people, I have also read it many times. Each time I read and pray about this book I receive a confirmation that God has provided this book of scripture to join with the Bible, to teach His children about Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is to know that the heavens are not closed but that God continues to reveal His will to his children. I am a Mormon because I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Bible is true and that God has established His priesthood once again on the earth to provide us the essential ordinances to return to His presence.

How I live my faith

Regular church attendance is a standard in our family. We are active in the youth programs of the Church including the Boy Scouts of America for our sons. I am an Eagle Scout as are all 3 of our sons. Our daughters have also achieved their goals through service and personal progress activities. Service is an essential part of our involvement in the Church. This includes regularly visiting other church families to help, comfort and strengthen them. As the sacrament is an essential part of our Sunday worship service, we make it a point to take the sacrament to our home-bound members on a monthly basis. This is a wonderful opportunity for our young men who hold the priesthood, to serve those who cannot attend church on Sunday.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Tom
Everyone is welcome to attend a Mormon church service. They typically begin with a congregational worship service which includes singing and speaking. This service lasts about 70 minutes and includes talks on gospel topics given by members of the congregation who have been previously assigned. The Bishop pastor does not speak every Sunday. Often it is a husband and wife who speak during a meeting. There are also generally 1 or 2 youth speakers. What a thrill it is to hear young teenagers express their feelings on the Savior and His teachings! The sacrament bread and water is also served during this congregational meeting. You will be inspired when you see young men ages 12 - 18 who administer the sacrament to the congregation in their white shirts and ties. Young men who are worthy have the opportunity to officiate in this sacred ordinance related to baptismal covenants. Visitors are not required to partake and it only takes a few minutes of the service. Following this meeting we separate into individual Sunday School classes for each age group. The last meeting is divided into priesthood meeting for the men and Relief Society for the women. Lessons are taught in these two meetings to help men and women learn to better serve each other and to become better husbands/fathers and wives/mothers. The Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the world and provides many opportunities for service to each other and the community. Show more Show less