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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 11 years and have lived in Utah, where we met, in southern Virginia, and in Arizona. I am the father of four beautiful children, the oldest of whom is in fourth grade. At home, I enjoy reading to my children and reading for myself. I also enjoy working outside. While living in Virginia I built a shed in our backyard, and in Arizona I put in a sprinkler system, grass and a swing set. Professionally, I am a software engineer. I have worked on many different projects, including an enterprise Java-based system, and an authentication verification system. In addition to my professional software work, I have also learned Objective-C so that I can write apps for the iPad and iPhone.

Why I am a Mormon

Faith has been an important part of my life for a long time. My parents are Mormons and raised me and my 5 siblings in the Church. Growing up, we would read the scriptures, both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, as a family. When I was about 13 years old, I read the Book of Mormon on my own, reading each night in my closet after my younger brothers had gone to bed. When I finished reading the Book of Mormon, I knew that I needed to pray to ask my Heavenly Father if it was true. I knelt by my bed and asked -- and I received a peaceful feeling in my heart that told me that the book was true. Through the intervening years, I have come to recognize that feeling more and more -- it is the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost, bearing testimony to me of the truth. As I feel the Spirit witness to me, I gain strength to overcome the trials in my life. I know that with the help of the Lord, I can continue on. The truth that I know is that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that He loves me. I also know that he established His church in our day, to bless the lives of individuals and families across the earth. I know that when we sincerely seek to know His truth, He will testify to us through the Holy Ghost. Knowing the truth gives me strength and hope, as it can for every one of God's children.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a bishop, or the leader of our local congregation, called a ward. In addition to planning our worship services, I also have the great opportunity to counsel with many of the members in our ward. In the safe environment of my office at the church building, I talk with men and women one on one. We discuss their hopes, their faith, and their struggles. They confide in me regarding difficulties they may be experiencing, perhaps with a spouse, or a child, or a friend. Sometimes we discuss difficult circumstances in life, such as the loss of a job. We always focus on the role of the Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Atonement. Through Christ we can find hope and peace. I also have the opportunity to visit with families in their homes. In homes, I have the opportunity to teach about families, including their importance and how we can work to have a stronger, closer family. Talking to the members of my congregation, as a group, as families, and as individuals, about Jesus Christ is my favorite part of being a bishop. Between my job as a software engineer and my service as a bishop, my time with my family is limited. That time, though, is rich. Each morning before I leave for work and before the kids go to school, we kneel as a family in prayer. Each night, as we put the kids to bed, we gather as a family to read and discuss the scriptures (we recently finished reading the Gospels, and are now reading the Book of Mormon). On Monday nights we hold family home evening -- an opportunity to gather and pray, sing hymns, teach each other about the gospel, and have a fun activity together. All of these experiences will, I hope, build the faith of my children, and help them to understand the love that their Savior has for them.