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Hi I'm Tom

I grew up in Pennsylvania, have a teaching degree, and now reside in Colorado where I became a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on a farm and grew up in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania. When I was old enough to attend elementary school, we moved to the city ( right across the street from the school). We continued to visit, work and play at the farm as my Uncle's family continued to live there. As youngsters we built forts in the hay barn, rode horses, harvested crops and all the things perttaining to farm life. During my early school years I had no secrets from my parents as all the teachers knew them. The teachers reported ALL my indiscretions to them (even the time I stuck my tongue out at my 3rd grade teacher and had to stand in a corner for a while). My career decision was determined in Junior High School when a fine arts teacher suggested I try drafing classes. (we didn't have computers then). This led to a career in Engineering where I designed machinery to build automibiles, food packaging equipment, aerospace systems and was involved for a short time in the space exploration program. I am currently retired from the Engineering profession and am enjoying time with my wife, playing golf and traveling when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I always believed a church should provide service to it's members throughout the year and not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, being raised as a Lutheran and trying other denominations during my adult life, I did not find this to be true. I felt service to members should be provided at all times, whether in times of need or not. Members should stay in contact with each other during the entire year. I first heard about the Mormon Church and their welfare program in The early 1980's. Upon investigation of the Church, I discovered they provided welfare to those in need throughout the year, each family was visited at least once a month and one night a week was reserved for families (family home evening) to study and play together. The missionaries explained many things I had often wondered about: The godhead, prophets, our purpose on earth and where we came from.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Mormon church, I have tried to live my life accordingly. As I mentioned above, I believe a church should provide service to its members year round. I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a Committee chairman, District Leader and fund raiser. Other service related activities include serving as a missionary at the Bishop's Storehouse providing food for those in need and actually canning some of the various products produced by the church wewlfare system. I was involved in the planning and preparation of a Church History trip for 150 of our youth lasting for 7 days. I am currently teaching the gospel in our men's group each Sunday which encourages daily scripture study. I also have four (4) families assigned to me to hometeach each month and I endeavor to visit with them in a timely manner. When teaching the children of these families It is a joy to have them sit on my lap or snuggled close to me as I teach them and see them grasp a gospel truth, to provide service to the parents and help with both their spiritual and temporal needs.