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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a grandfather. I work as an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a grandfather that enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and the rest of his family. I enjoy reading, hiking, messing around with computers and trying to grow vegetables. I work in Research and Development for a consumer products company and enjoy working to find ways to get technology to meet people's every day needs. I've done quite a bit of volunteer work for Boy Scouts of America and am currently a Venturing Crew adviser.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. By the time I was a teenager I figured out that being a good Mormon took a lot of effort and commitment. I decided I needed to find out if this really was Jesus Christ's restored church because if it wasn't then it wasn't worth the effort and commitment it asked. If it really was what it claimed to be then I would want to make it the center of my life. Over the next several years, as I studied and prayed, I became more and more sure that this church was all it claimed to be and that I could best show my love for God and Jesus Christ by following the gospel as a Mormon. I can not point to a single event or experience that gave me that understanding. It was the combination of many experiences and moments of inspiration that over a period of about five years combined to give me that understanding and the faith to commit myself to work to live as a good Mormon. Moments of inspiration have continued throughout my life, I've had many more experiences and through study and prayer my understanding of God, Jesus Christ and His church have increased. As a young man I came to know that God lived, that Jesus Christ was His Son and our Savior and Redeemer and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who restored the Church of Jesus Christ. As an older man I still know that is true and my understanding of how that impacts and blesses my life and the lives of those I love has increased dramatically. I'm hopeful that if I keep at this I can get better and helping others and not make so many mistakes that get in the way of my being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I find there are always opportunities to live my faith by serving others and by learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can't do all I'd like to do at once but I'm grateful for the chance to always be helping out. Right now I work with the 16-18 year old young men in our congregation. I help teach their class on Sunday and I work with them to set up and hold an activity most weeks. In these activities we share or learn skills, play games, give service, and have fun. It's lifts me up to associate with good young men and gives be great hope for the future. I'm also trying to better organize and understand the genealogical information my mother and others have gathered. I'd like to make that easier to understand and more meaningful for my children and grandchildren. I try to show how I live my faith in how I treat and relate to other people. I work to respect all I come in contact with, to be positive and encouraging. I work to listen to what people say and help them when I can meet part of their needs. I also feel that part of living my faith requires me to learn, feel and understand more about God and Jesus Christ. I read, think and pray often to build that understanding and faith. I then try to figure out what changes I need to make in my life because of what I've learned.