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Hi I'm Tom

I have been married for 18 years and have 4 wonderful children, and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 42-year old husband and father of 4 beautiful children. I've got a preschooler, grade schooler, middle schooler and a high schooler, so our lives get busier and busier each day. I love spending time with my kids playing catch, riding bikes or taking walks around our neighborhood with them. And I love watching movies on DVD with them, especially my oldest son. In my personal time I enjoy exercising and learning about fitness and nutrition (that's me trying to stay as young as I can for as long as I can). I also love reading, and while I enjoy several different genres from spy novels to mysteries, presidential biographies and self-help books tend to dominate my reading (or listening) library. I love learning about great men and women of the past and about what made them great. I have an accounting background and have been working in the investment industry for most of my professional career.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon and all of my family is active in the Church. However, there are 2 distinct reasons why I am still an active Mormon today, and family tradition is not one of them. First and foremost, I have a testimony that it's true. My conversion didn't come to me in a flash like Saul on the road to Damascus, but it came to me slowly over a few years when I was younger. I have had countless experiences where the Spirit of God has slowly and quietly confirmed to me that it's true. Mostly, the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. I have greater peace and purpose in my life. This helps me not just overcome adversity and challenges but also to recognize them as opportunities to grow, strengthen and improve. I heard one person say, shortly before they joined the Church, that they didn't know yet if the Church were true, but they did know the Church was good. I know it's true, and I know it's good. I have read the Book of Mormon many, many times, and it has helped me get closer to Jesus Christ than any other book. I know it's true. Second, the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ makes sense to me. I believe that God does love His children and that he does have a plan for us. Questions like where did I come from, what is the purpose of life and where am I going when I die have all been answered for me. Some feel the circumstances surrounding the restoration of the gospel are fantastic, too fantastic to be believable. I consider myself a well-educated and well-read person, but to me, the pieces all fit together, and the doctrines of the Gospel make sense to me. Modern day prophets? It makes perfect sense to me if God really loves his children.

How I live my faith

My family and I try to live our faith by accepting assignments to serve in the Church. There is always something to do and someone to help. We also will occasionally participate in community service, such as food drives or helping out at the soup kitchen in the city. For about 9 years when we lived in Pennsylvania, we would collect food items around our block to take to the Red Cross Homeless Shelter. This allowed us to not only help those less fortunate but also to get to know or neighbors better. Mostly, however, we just try to be good neighbors and good citizens, living our faith and beliefs conspicuously but not overbearingly. I believe that a fundamental principle of Christianity is a respect and tolerance for the beliefs and practices of others. I enjoy learning and associating with people of other faiths as I feel it can only help us understand each other better and live together happily.