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Hi I'm Tom

I got my art degree at 47 years of age. I teach art classes and workshops. I have an art blog. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always wanted to be an artist, but everyone told me it would be stupid. They said I'd be a starving artist, so instead of doing what I loved, I did what I thought people wanted me to do. I was in business. I married and raised seven kids. Somehow, though, I was very unhappy. I wondered why. Then I nearly lost my life. At that time I decided to follow my dream. I quit my job and went to college three years to get my art degree. My wife and I moved to Indiana. I worked hard to be represented by galleries. Eventually I was represented in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. I entered shows. Eventually I started teaching art at a private school. Now I teach workshops in the Midwest and do commission work. I'm really happy. I love what I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it answers my questions about my life here on earth and in the future. Mormons believe they can be with their families and loved ones for eternity. I can be with my wife forever and my children will be mine.

How I live my faith

Of course I go to church each week. I am a home teacher to four widows. That means I am responsible for their happiness and physical well being. I visit them when they're sick. We become friends. I also follow the counsel of Jesus Christ to love one another. I have deep feelings for all humanity, no matter their background or circumstances. I try to treat my art students with the same love that Jesus would, and none of them are Mormons. Jesus said to love everyone.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are just like everybody else. They wear regular clothes. They go to work. They cheer for their favorite sports teams. They go on vacations. They play with their kids. Mormon lifestyle is just like average people everywhere. They don't smoke or drink. That's one main difference. Show more Show less