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Hi I'm Tom

I've lived all over the United States, in Germany and Austria. I'm a retired professor of family studies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to hike in mountains, canyons, and even big cities. I love traveling with my wife and we have been all over the US and Europe in the last few years. I have five children and enjoy being with them doing anything really, but we especially just eating together, laughing at each other, and traveling together. My eight grandchildren are a special joy to me, whether playing catch, swimming on the beach or in a pool with them, comforting them when they are tired or hurt, or play anything they want to play!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a typical 15 year old teenage I had an untypical experience. I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and in doing so gained a testimony that it is true and contains the word of God. I was challenged by it to be a better person and changed by it. In the Book of Mormon, a man named Enos speaks of the day when him mortality will put on immortality, he will see Jesus Christ's face with pleasure, and will be invited by the Lord to live with Him in a mansion that has been prepared for him. Something in my 15 year old heart was stirred and I knew that was what I wanted also! Now, at aget 64, that is still my hearts' desire, except now I want to be there with my wife and family and share that mansion with them forever!

How I live my faith

Since returning from my mission for the Mormon Church in Germany at age 21, I have had the opportunity to serve in the Church in 37 different callings. Many have been with the youth as a teacher or scout leader. I have served as a boy scout leader eight times with boys 8-18. Professionally, I was a director of a Boys and Girls Club and the executive director of a Big Brothers/Big Sisters agency. During my time with BB/BS, I was a Big Brother to three single-parent boys. What a great experience! I will soon retire and my wife and I plan to start serving missions for the Church, teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serving the less fortunate in any way we can and in any place in the world the Lord sends us.