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Hi I'm Tom.

I live in Arizona with my wife and my three kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the Deputy Director and lobbyist for a non-profit organization that represents cities and towns at the state legislature. I have two children with profound physical disabilities that require lots of care and attention. I speak fluent Spanish due to the two year mission I served over 25 years ago in Argentina. I enjoy traveling with my family, doing genealogy, camping, fishing, boogie-boarding and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the blessing of growing up as a Mormon but at the age of 14 I decided that I needed to find out on my own if the Church was true. I read the Book of Mormon, tried my best to live God's commandments and prayed for his spirit to strengthen my faith. It is hard to explain but I had a sweet feeling of peace come over me one night that confirmed that I had found the truth. More importantly, I have had a lifetime of experiences that have always confirmed that when I am living by the principles I know are true, I am happy. It is as simple as that. I know that God loves me. I know that his Son Jesus Christ atoned for my sins through His suffering and death, and that His resurrection means that I will live forever. I know that Christ established His gospel, His priesthood and His church so that I could learn to live worthily of eternal life. I know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to reestablish the church of Jesus Christ on the earth. I know that he was directed to and translated the Book of Mormon by he Power of God. I know that the Book of Mormon testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ and, that along with the Bible, provides the fullness of His gospel. I know that if my family and I are true to the gospel that we have the opportunity to live together forever which is the greatest gift that God could give me.

How I live my faith

I think faith is a word of action. The best action that one can take is to serve others. I believe the most important service happens in the home. I think the best thing I can do for my family is to be a good and faithful husband to my wife. Next, I work hard to be a loving, patient and attentive father that teaches my family by setting a good example and by having gospel teaching in my home. We have a regular family night each week where we have a lesson, we play games and just enjoy each other's company. I also enjoy the opportunities I have to serve others in my church. I especially enjoy the Home Teaching program. My son and I are assigned several families from our church that we visit on a monthly basis. These visits include a short lesson and a chat about how the family is getting along. We try to encourage them and help them in any way we can. We also try to look for opportunities to serve outside the family and church through various charities and the Boy Scouts. I also try to use the principles of my faith as a yardstick for myself and try not to use it as a way to judge or be critical of others.