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Hi I'm Tom McVey

I was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and worked for 38 years for various companies that now make-up Sports Authority. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a wonderful woman Ann Mortensen McVey and we'll celebrate our 38th anniversary next month. We have 5 married children and 12 grandchildren with another 2 on the way. We absolutely love our kids, their spouses and children. We love spending time with them and having fun with them. That's what lifes all about! For 38 years I worked for a line of sporting goods companies that included the Zale Corp 1973 - 1980, Oshman's 1981 - 2001, Gart Sports 2001 - 2003 and Sports Authority 2003 - 2011. I started selling firearms in Orem, Utah and I retired as the SVP-Store Operations in Denver, Colorado. I can truely say that I enjoyed almost every minute of my career. The job took our family from Orem, UT to SLC, UT to Las Vegas, NV, to Albuquerque, NM to Houston, TX to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Atlanta, GA back to Houston, TX and finally to Denver, CO. I was raised by wonderful parents Tom & Helen McVey in Twin Falls, ID and Beaverton, OR. I attended Sunset High School in Beaverton/Portland, Oregon. I attended BYU from 1973 to 1978 but never graduated. From 1970 to 1972 I served a german speaking mission for the LDS church in West Germany. I loved this experience! On August 1, 2011 Ann and I begin a mission in Wellington, New Zealand working specifically preserving probate records for Family Search, the genealogy arm of the LDS church. I enjoy family history, most sports and shooting firearms of all types. I drive a 2008 Corvette convertable.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family that kept me active in my earlier years. I was baptized after turning 8 by my father and ordained to the office of Deacon at the age of 12. As I mentioned above I served a mission to Germany for the Church that I loved. I guess you could say that I've had a testimony of the gospel since serving my mission. I've read the book of mormon and know that it was translated by a prophet of God, Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ in the year 1820 as the result of a prayer offered by Joseph. I'm grateful to my pioneer ancestors, the Ricks, who joined the LDS faith in about 1842 near Nauvoo, IL. You could say that the ordinances of the Temples of the LDS church cemented my testimony of the Gospel. I love knowing that our family can be together as a unit during the life after death. I know that the sealing ordinances of the gospel are ordained of a Heavenly Father who loves each and every one of us. For this purpose, Ann and I have worked countless hours on family history submitting thousands of names to the temples for their temple ordinances. I look out into the world and see countless instances of sadness and suffering and wish that this were not taking place but I find comfort in the fact that these souls will be saved due to the atonement of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. That atonement has worked for me personally! Without it, there would be no purpose in life, no hope for a future! For this I am eternally grateful! I also know that this atonement can and will work in your lives if you let it into your lives. I'm also grateful for living prophets like Thomas S. Monson, the current prophet of the LDS faith. I know that he communicates with our Heavenly Father and that he receives revelation for you and I today. I know further that he associates with a group of men, the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles who are likewise prophets of the Lord and receive revelation for us.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good husband, father, grandfather and Christian. I love reading to my grandchildren when possible and I love being near my wife and spending time with her. There is no greater calling than being a father and husband! I'm active in Boy Scouts of America and love the principles taught by scouting. I am an Eagle Scout! Our two sons and two of our sons-in-law are Eagles and my father-in-law is an Eagle! I love serving this organization and have done so for over 30 years. A few years back I was honored and received the Silver Beaver award. Recently I've recieved the District Award of Merit, Outstanding Commissioner and Noble Sage awards. I've also served the Church in many different callings. From 1992 until 2000 I served as a Bishop to the Champions Ward of the Klein Texas Stake. I loved serving the members of our Ward and in 2000 the Houston Temple was built in the middle of our Ward. More recently I've served the youth of Highlands Ranch by being a Ward Youngmen's President, a Stake Youngmen's President and High Councilor over Scouting and Youngmen. Most recently I helped organize and conduct a special Stay at Home Especially for Youth program for the greater Denver youth. We had in excess of 400 youth attend this week long activity. For the next two years Ann and I will be serving the church as missionaries in New Zealand. We report to the Mission Training Center on August 1st, 2011 and will arrive in Wellington, New Zealand on August 11th, 2011. During our 23 months of service we will specifically be assigned the responsiblity of digitizing Probate records for Family Search, the family history arm of the LDS Church. The government of New Zealand will receive a copy of our work as will Family Search who will make their copy available to all those attempting to connect their families across generations. I hope that as a Mormon I'm making a positive impact on the community wherever we live.