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Hi I'm Thom

I am a native Californian, a small business owner; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a fairly analytical guy who doesn’t seem to stop thinking about how to do things better or easier. No not an inventor or really an innovator; just someone who finds it difficult working for others when their systems of operations seem lacking. Fortunately most of my adult life I have worked for myself. Therefore if I think something isn’t working I have no one to blame but myself. Having spent the better part of my youth in scouting I earned, collected, or traded hundreds of embroidered patches. I was fascinated with the detail that could be created with thread. Starting out on a small home machine I began to embroider. After some time I needed better control and upgraded to commercial equipment and software. After a year that became my full time job. For better and worse that has been my life for the last 12 years.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about three years old my parents were looking for direction. After searching for a while they became interested in the LDS Church. Unable to make contact with the church they decided to call my Uncle who lives in Central CA. He had become a member of the church a few years before then. Within an hour two Missionaries were at my parents’ door in Orange County CA. They took the time to search and learn all they could and eventually decided they wanted to get baptized. I was a little young to remember all that part. What I do remember was going to the LA Temple with them and my sister a year later to be sealed. Again too young to understand what really was going on I did know that I would be with my family forever. Years passed and I took time to learn and study on my own. I learned the truths my parents found when I was little. I began preparing to serve a full time mission where I would have the opportunity to proclaim these truths. Like most young men I prayed expecting a rush of wind, a voice, heavenly visit, or something wonderful. Well that didn’t happen, however everything felt right so off to Alabama I went. Those two years help mold me into who I am today and serve as the foundation of how I live what I believe to be true. Numerous times on my mission, and since I have been home, I have been questioned on my beliefs. I have even been “told what I believe” by some well intentioned albeit uninformed people. Every time I am called upon to stand up for what I know to be true it becomes another layer of testimony. Still no rushing wind or voice from Heaven, just experience upon experience testifying this is true, this is right!

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the main thing I do to live the teachings is attend church. Seems simple enough, right? When I wake on a Sunday morning the question never enters my mind as to if I am going to church today. Of course I’m going! Why wouldn’t I want to go? I am blessed with friendships, spiritual renewal, service, and instruction. I have recently changed from assisting the men’s organization to helping with the records and finances. At other times I have been a teacher or helped in other ways. Each one provides time for my growth, and occasionally may help another as well. What more could you ask for? My life is filled with joy and happiness because I live the teachings, not only every Sunday, but every day of the week. I do my best to be honest and upright in my business and hope to give a positive example to those around me.