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Hi I'm Tom Ajax

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah, and have been a Mormon all of my life. My family moved from Utah during my first year of life, and I have lived in many other places including Idaho (multiple cities), Montana, Washington State (multiple cities), South Korea (multiple cities), Florida, and Georgia. My wife and I were married in the Manti Temple 35 years ago; we have six children and eight (soon to be ten) grandchildren. I have an MBA, and have spent most of my career in banking and finance. After many years as a banker, I went to work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation first as a Bank Examiner, and then as a Case Manager for Anti-Money Laundering and Fraud. I enjoy spending time with my family, singing (choirs and solo), music in general, speaking and performing, reading, photography, bicycling, camping, movies and TV. I have been a Scoutmaster and Order of he Arrow Adviser. I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and my life has been, and continues to be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints goes back into Europe on both sides of my family: Denmark on my Mother's side and Wales on my Father's side. Both sides of the family were converted to the Gospel in Europe and immigrated to Utah in the 1800s. Although I have been a member of the Church all of my life, and believed it to be God's true Church on Earth, my real conversion came in my teen years. I had always wanted to go on a mission, but as I approached that age, I decided that I could not preach the Gospel without a personal knowledge that it is true. With that in mind, and knowing that the Book of Mormon contains a promise of knowing the book's truthfulness through reading, studying, and pondering its words, I found a quiet place and randomly opened a copy of the Book of Mormon. The book opened to the 32nd Chapter of the Book of Alma, and I started reading: 26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge ... 27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith ... 28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, ... , it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed ... As I read the Word of God in the Book of Mormon, I literally felt the swelling, warmth, and testifying of the Holy Ghost within my heart and spirit. I knew that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I knew that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I knew that the Priesthood of God and its keys were restored through Joseph Smith. I knew that God lives and that His Son, Jesus Christ is out Savior and Redeemer. After many years living the Gospel, I still know that all these things are true. You can know this too. Come and see.

How I live my faith

From my youth I have tried very hard to serve the Lord and His children through service within His Church as well as in other areas. I have had the opportunity to serve in many positions within the Church. As a youth, I served in leadership positions with other young men my age. We were involved in both service in the Church and to others. As both a youth and an adult I have had the privilege of visiting families within our area seeking to help provide spiritual and other support to the families. For two and one half years I served as a full time missionary in South Korea. With various companions I shared the Gospel with the Korean people, in their language. On the way home from Korea, a companion and I also taught a Korean lady in Japan. I also had the privilege to serve as a Bishop over a congregation of around four hundred members for five years. It was a great blessing to serve these members in this position. The blessings went in both directions and I had a great opportunity to serve with with many others who became great friends and associates. While attending college at Brigham Young University, and in recent years I have been blessed to serve in Holy Temples of the Lord. In the Temples we learn sacred things as well as perform special ordinances, both for ourselves, and by proxy for those who died before having a chance to hear the Gospel. We seek our family history, and then make sure the ordinances of salvation are performed for our ancestors. Of particular note is the sealing of families together for eternity. Marriage and family is not just for this life, but can extend into the eternities through the ordinances of the Temples. This is one of the greatest blessings of the Gospel. Throughout life I have had opportunities to do many acts of service. From cleaning up after hurricanes to helping families move, there is always something that can be done to help others, and through the organization of the Church, many wonderful things can be done.