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Hi I'm Thomas Talmadge Mormon

Baptized August 11, 2001, I was 46 yrs old. People inquire, your last name is Mormon, and you joined The LDS Faith when? Read On.

About Me

I was born in New York in October of 1955. I have, [had] 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Two brothers are gone now. One older, and one younger have passed on. My father was italian, John Joseph Mormon. My mother a southern girl from Macon georgia. The surname Mormon, originally was Mormone from the Napoli area in Italy. The 'E' was dropped by my grandfather, Luigi. He Americanized his name to Louis Mormon. When I came along, being the fifth of 7 children, my parents named me after my grandfather on my Mothers side, Thomas Talmade Dixon, hence my given name, Thomas Talmadge Mormon. I was married to my high school sweetheart for 25 yrs. She is the Mother of my two absolutely beautiful daughters and an amazing mother and woman. As life has it, we change, I changed quite a bit when I felt The Spirit. It is my belief, that change, whether for better or worse, if drastic, is very difficult for those who have known us for a long time to accept. I am now remarried to a wonderful woman, Laura 'Forsey' Mormon, from Utah. We live in North Salt Lake and work in the area. My occupation is digitizing records for the LDS Church in Salt Lake. I love nature, simplicity, and children. I enjoy fishing and exercising. Currently I am approaching receiving my Bachelors Degree in Business Management at WGU University. Yes, I'm no Spring chicken anymore, and sometimes say, "What in the world am I doing"? I'm close to retirement. Nothing ventured nothing gained I suppose.

Why I am a Mormon

I walked the path of life into my 40's, not knowing why we are here, what our purpose is, or where we can go. The beginning of my journey, I refer to as the cart before the horse. I was blessed with knowledge from The Holy Ghost that 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints', is the only true living church belonging to The Savior on the face of the earth today. This occurred in the year 2000 in Las Vegas, NV. While challenged with some trials in life, I sought prayer. Prior to this time, I was not a prayerful man. While driving one Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, I saw a steeple on a street corner and instinctively pulled the car into the parking lot at the rear of the building. There was not a sign in view from where I entered the lot. I asked some folks inside if I might use their church to pray, They obliged. Alone in the Chapel with the lights dimmed I knelt in Prayer. The event which occurred next is of a Sacred nature. That day, I learned of the scripture in Malachi, Chap 4: verse 6 referring to the Hearts of the Fathers to the children..... I learned of the Restoration, before I knew there was an Apostasy.... and many more things were revealed through the Divine power of The Holy Ghost, but most importantly, I learned that God loves us beyond measure and wants us to return home to him. A testimony is a word referring to one bearing witness to. My testimony, and its foundation, began that hot Summer Day in Las Vegas Nevada, where a Steeple presented itself visually to me. Days later, Sunday, I learned that in fact, it was an LDS chapel. Now I am a Mormon, Mormon. More importantly though is this; I know that God loves each and every one of his children the same. None of us is greater or less than, in his eyes, we are all loved equally. I'm a Mormon because The Truth, conveyed through light pure, allows for me to see others as God see's them; my brothers and Sisters. Yes, it requires work to remind ourselves of this truth Daily, " But its well Worth it".

How I live my faith

I strive to do my best in order to show my appreciation to My Father in Heaven for what he has done for me. Although I cannot see home, I know he is there. I strive to keep it simple, yet learn and grow. I recognize the Great responsibility which rest upon my shoulders. That is, "When much is given, much is expected". I also know that your God, and mine, being one in the same, is a forgiving God, full of Love and compassion beyond comprehension. He knows we will falter, and I certainly do, each and every day. He is also a Merciful God, one who wants nothing better than to embrace us and wrap His Love around us. These are just a few of the daily reminders I strive to remember, so i do not disrespect Him by not showing the appreciation for the reprieve he has granted me.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Thomas Talmadge Mormon
Mormons believe in eternity and eternal families. That we can all be together again as families in Heaven by striving to do whats right according to the Laws God has set forth for us. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Thomas Talmadge Mormon
Simple, man typically by nature might tend to fear and doubt the things he does not understand. His first reaction is to judge without well rounded research. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Thomas Talmadge Mormon
A testimony refers to the knowledge that the LDS's proclamation that Prophets have been restored to the earth through a prophet called in our times, Joseph Smith, is absolute and true. Show more Show less