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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the LDS faith and served a mission for two years in France. I am a dermatologist for the US Navy, currently living in Japan. I am husband to a wonderful wife and father to four exceptional children. I enjoy making artisanal crepes and foods of all kinds, and love exploring our beautiful world and meeting interesting people of all backgrounds

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to grow up in the church, but my religion is much more to me than family tradition. During moments of serious soul searching, I have come to recognize that my religious tenets provide me with a practical guide to happy living that is unmatched. I have also come to recognize that my faith and worship draw me closer to a higher spiritual being, my Heavenly Father. I can have a relationship with Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, that is a firm anchor in a changing and sometimes difficult world.

How I live my faith

For me, a central message of my religion is that we can all become better. We share the goal to someday be perfect, following the example of Christ. I live my faith by trying today to not repeat mistakes of yesterday, and resolving tomorrow to be a little better yet. If I can learn something and grow a little each day, I feel like I am on track. I know that I won't become perfect in this lifetime, but bits of progress in my character bring satifaction. I also live my faith by serving in the church. I love that everyone gets an opportunity to be involved somehow in helping others. Currently, I teach gospel lessons one Sunday each month during to a class of about 20 men around the same age as me. I definitely learn more for myself through my preparation and teaching than I am able to teach to them. It provides me a great opportunity to learn and grow.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Tom
Temples are the large beautiful buildings that are associated with out faith. Our regular congregational church meetings occur in the smaller buildings called chapels. Temples are places where we can go to worship, learn, and make promises of devotion to God. We individually make these promises of devotion, which we call covenants. One covenant we can complete in the temple is marriage. When we go to the temple to be married, we involve God in our marriage contract, promising faith and devotion to both God and to each other. Our marriage contract may then be binding forever - long past "till death do us part." We call this binding marriage a "sealing." People who have been previously married can also go to the temple to be sealed. Temples also help us connect with our "roots," with our ancestry. In the temple, we can make the same covenants on behalf of our ancestors. For example, my wife and I may complete a sealing ceremony for my great grandfather and great grandmother. We believe that they, in the spirit world, can accept this covenant if they choose. If they did not have the opportunity of baptism when they we were alive, we can stand in for them during a baptism ceremony that also takes place in the temple. This is the baptism for the dead that many people have heard of. Show more Show less