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Hi I'm Tom

I grew up in the south and have lived in many great places. I'm an electrical engineer and love my work and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I decided when I was very young that I wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. In the end my interest in making things won out. My career has involved many technologies including fiber optics, internet routing, data networking and most recently outdoor wireless. I have worked with utilities, carriers, countries and companies from large to small. My wife has supported my career with moves from Georgia to Massachusetts to Seattle to Idaho to Wyoming and now Colorado. We have enjoyed every one of them. We especially like outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, skiing and most recently hunting to fill our freezer with great wild game. I have one older brother whom I don't see enough be we still keep in touch - especially when one of needs to talk through a challenge. Families are great that way. My wife and I have been married 30 years and she is my best friend and the person I want to be with the most. Unfortunately my work requires me to travel almost every week to some project so we are apart a lot. But we have learned to make the most of the time we do have together. We have 4 children and 8 grand children. We started our family pretty young so we became empty nesters in our early 40s. That was a big change for us but we worked to develop activities we enjoy together and it has made for a full life together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Baptist church in the south and learned a lot about the scriptures and Jesus. But I fell away during college and lost that influence. I went through a divorce when I was in my mid-20s so I had a lot of new choices to make. I was invited by a friend at work to join in with him and some other single friends about the same age and in similar circumstances. It wasn't obvious to me at first that most of them belonged to the LDS church. I wasn't looking for a new church. It's just that their activities and life styles were very positive and appealed to me. Eventually I experimented with some of their principles such as not drinking alcohol or coffee and tea. One day I dinner with one of these new friends and out of respect for them I didn't have wine with dinner or iced tea which is a staple in the south. The next morning I skipped my usual coffee. During that day i had a really good feeling that I couldn't explain. I thought back through the day before looking for something different and that is all I could identify. I just wanted more. It didn't make sense to me. So I asked what else I could do to continue in this direction and they gave me a Book of Mormon to read and invited me to church. I had resisted going with them but this time I agreed and I am so glad that I did. As I read the Book of Mormon on my own the words touched me and gave me hope that I hadn't had for a long time. I felt that it was real and that it was scripture just like the Bible. And therefore Joseph Smith was a prophet. After almost finishing the book I met with the missionaries. Within a few weeks I was ready to be Baptized. Many of my engineer acquaintances are surprised that I could "feel" something like that. Logic rules in that world. But I tell them that some things transcend what we as scientists understand. The Book of Mormon is scripture. I know that just like I know the truth of scientific facts. I testify of this in Jesus' name.

How I live my faith

The teachings of this church provide such good guidelines for a positive life. Not only things to avoid like the teachings in the Bible but things to do to enhance my life, my family and the lives of others. My wife and I participate in church activities together which strengthens our relationship. I especially enjoy work projects that serve others in the community. The last place we lived in was Wyoming. A lot of people there use wood for heat in the winter. We would have wood projects throughout the summer cutting, blocking and splitting. Everyone would participate from the men and women to the teenagers down to little kids carrying it one stick at a time. Each year we would split what looked like a mountain of firewood. Usually we add 40-50 cords. We would use if for church members as well as those in need in the community. Many times other who are not members of the LDS church would pitch in. It is fun and helpful to those in need. Another distinction if our health code. It helped me first gain a v