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Hi I'm Tom

I was born and raised in Southern California in a Mormon home. I'm a partner in a local CPA firm and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small town in Southern California. I served a mission for the church in Chile and graduated from Brigham Young University in Accounting. After I graduated I waited for a wonderful young lady I had met at BYU to finish her mission and we were married in the Los Angeles temple. We have six children three of whom are married, one is on his mission and two are still at home. I work near where I live at my own CPA firm and prepare income tax returns. I enjoy cycling and hiking but don't seem to do too much anymore. I also enjoy traveling and hope to do more of that in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

Although a person grows up in the church that is no guarantee that the person will stay in the church. Everyone must gain their own understanding and convictions about the religion for themselves. For me the Book of Mormon played a big role in the development of my personal testimony. I read it for the first time cover to cover in high school. It's another testament that Jesus Christ is the son of God who loves us and provided a way for us to return back to God. As I read the book I knew first in my mind that no man could have made up something like this then I felt it in my heart as I sincerely prayed for the first time to know if it was true. Since then I've read the Book of Mormon many times and everytime I get something new out of it because I'm a different person than I was the time before. I do believe it was written for us to help us with life's struggles and to give us hope that there is a plan and a purpose to this life. I have never found anything in the Book of Mormon to be contrary to the the teachings of the Bible. Rather it reinforces and clarifies in a proper way the gospel of Jesus Christ. But you don't need to take my word for it, rather, you decide. Just be sure to include in your decision making process a read of the book itself then ask yourself the question was this written by man or by prophets of God.

How I live my faith

The Mormon faith includes being a member of a local congregation called a ward. There are many positions of responsibility in the ward known as callings. These callings might be a Sunday School teacher, a young men's advisor, a Scoutmaster or the pastor of the ward known as the bishop. We try our best to perform our callings and improve ourselves as we do so. Several wards, somewhere between 5 to 10 depending on the geographical area, form a stake. There are stake leaders whose calling it is to train and support ward leaders. There is a president of the stake whose responsibility it is to ensure that the stake callings and ward callings are properly staffed and operating properly. He also is responsible for the overall temporal and spiritual welfare of his members. I currently serve as the president of our stake. All of the service in our wards and stake are done so without pay. As I try to carry out my duties and responsibilities I feel blessed for the talents and abilities I have and being able to help in some small way. On a personal level I live my faith by trying to be kind to others, reading the scriptures and praying to God. I'm far from perfect, I try to be a little bit better each day. My role model is Jesus Christ and the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ help me become like him.