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Hi I'm Tom

I love my wife and family, music, running, learning and teaching, dolphins, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very privileged to have a career teaching English as a second and foreign language to wonderful students and friends from Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, UAE, Russia, Ukraine, Ghana, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Albania, Croatia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the United States (and I hope I've only just begun!) My students teach me a great deal and confirm to me that we are all brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of Heavenly Father. My wife is also a teacher and I am continually inspired by her love for her students and her passion for teaching. Her example motivates me to try harder to lift my students higher and I know that each of them can and will accomplish great things.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I know it is true. I was blessed to grow up in a family with parents who taught me and showed me how to live gospel principles from my early childhood. Even as a child, I remember feeling the Holy Spirit witness to my heart and my mind that the things they taught me were true. I know that God has heard and answered my prayers. I know that He loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I know that He atoned for my sins and I have felt His redeeming power in my life.

How I live my faith

We enjoy the association and strength we receive from the faithful members in our church. We are very blessed to live close to a temple and we have the privilege of serving as ordinance workers. In the holy temples, sacred ordinances are performed that allow families to live together even beyond this mortal life and through all eternity. My wife and I know that the family is central to our Heavenly Father's plan for us and although we have not been blessed to have children of our own, we trust that our own children will come to us in the Lord's time and pray that we'll be worthy of that blessing. For now, in a way we have thousands of children as we have come to love the many students we have taught in Japan and the United States and students who have come to the US from many countries around the world.

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

Through the Atonement, our Savior took upon Himself all of our sins and suffered for us that we might not have to suffer the same if we will follow Him. The laws of God are eternal. The consequence for breaking God's laws (sin) must also be eternal. The consequence of sin is spiritual death. Spiritual death means that we become separated from God. Without the Atonement, instead of receiving the joy that God desires all of His children to experience, we would be miserable forever. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins by offering Himself as a sacrifice in order to satisfy the demands of justice. It is only through the Atonement of Christ that we can become washed clean from our sins and return to God, our Heavenly Father, and partake of the eternal joy that He desires for all of His children. Show more Show less