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Hi I'm Tommie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife, Karen, and I are raising four kids - 3 boys and a girl. We also have a son who died shortly after birth who we are so grateful was a part of our life. Our oldest son is serving a mission for the Church in California. I have a black lab who is my running partner. I work as a hospice physician where I am blessed to get to comfort those in need of comfort and mourn with those who mourn and stand as a witness of Christ at all times and all places. I love baseball, Elvis Presley, running, backpacking, spending time with the family.

Why I am a Mormon

 I have the blessing of both a long heritage in the Church - my mother had an ancestor who travelled with the Martin Handcart company across the country to join the church members in Utah, as well as a convert's story - my father joined the church when I was just a child. We did not go to church regularly until I was a young teenager when my parents prepared our family to go to the Mesa Arizona Temple where we were sealed together as a family joined together forever. Ever since then I have had a love for this Gospel. I went on a mission to Michigan which increased my love. I know I have a Savior who forgives me forgives me for my sins and helps draw me closer to be like Him. I am grateful that we had the prophet Joseph Smith who restored this Gospel and through whom came the Book of Mormon. Every day I read that book I am blessed. I see the Spirit working in my life, the life of my family members and in the lives of my friends in the Church daily.

How I live my faith

I believe true faith is a daily habit and it is the small things that we do every day that are most important. So, every morning we get the kids up and we sing a hymn, read the scriptures, and say a prayer. I read scriptures daily and consider these daily bread - when I read them I live spiritually and when I don't I starve. I feel closest to my Savior when I read from the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. I pray constantly in my heart. I have made enough mistakes in my life that I have come to learn if I don't connect with my Savior daily that I can't trust the direction in my life. Proverbs 16:9 - "A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps." Which is to say I make goals, but I ask God to guide my steps by His Spirit. I am especially grateful for spiritual guidance in my job as a hospice and palliative physician. I am guiding families in difficult times and trying to comfort them. The Spirit is so valuable in doing this. We go to church every Sunday and I feel a real kinship among others trying to follow our Savior together. None of us there are perfect, but we are brothers and sisters and we care for each other. One of the greatest blessings of being Mormon is the trust and faith we have in having living prophets and apostles. Our family truly strives to follow any counsel given by them. As such there is a whole host of activities I do that blesses my life and my family - fasting, praying, gardening, staying out of debt, being prepared for emergencies, having weekly family nights where we focus on Gospel messages, going to church, serving others, and sharing the money we have been blessed with those in need. One special thing I do right now to live my faith is to serve in the Church as our congregation's Scout Master. I love hanging out with the boys, teaching them life skills, and especially camping and backpacking. I think boys grow to men when they have to learn to survive and work together in the outdoors.