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Hi I'm Tom Rockwood

I am a father of six & married way above myself. I co-host a radio talk show. I volunteer working with teenagers & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Southern Californian transplanted to the Great Northwest. My wife and I found a great small town where we raise our three sons and three daughters a midst homecoming parades, fourth of July flag raisings and community service projects. I love my family, food, music and sports. I make a killer homemade pineapple salsa and bottle my own barbecue sauce. Thanks to a talented wife, we all enjoy music, from classic R&B to Pop to Broadway musicals. We have fun performing together as well. I enjoy basketball, college football and love playing tennis with the family. I work as a businessman in our community and enjoy helping our neighbors in that capacity. I am also a volunteer with a charity that helps feed the poor in third world countries through self reliant farming and agriculture. I co-host a weekly radio program that addresses meeting the nutritional needs of the poor.

Why I am a Mormon

It makes me a better dad, husband and friend. I guess you could say it simply makes me happy. Oh, and I have done a lot of studying and the answers help me find my purpose. It just all makes sense to me. Take for example this passage from the Book of Mormon that has helped me stay focused as a father, "…we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ…that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." My faith is very important to me. Most everything that is good and right in my life is a result of my church membership. I was raised by loving and devoted parents who taught me to love God and serve others. They taught me the stories of Jesus and I learned to love and appreciate my Savior at a very young age. I also appreciated the warm feeling of peace and love in our home. I knew it was a direct result of my family's participation in the Church of Jesus Christ that places so much emphasis on the family. We read scriptures together, we attended church meetings and activities together and we tried to pattern our lives after the example of Jesus Christ. It all worked. We were healthy, happy and making a difference. I knew I wanted the same for my own family one day.

How I live my faith

I am Mormon for many spiritual as well as practical reasons but allow me to share just three. First and foremost it has helped me know and appreciate my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The church's emphasis on scripture study and prayer has helped me develop a personal relationship with Christ that is of paramount importance. I find the more I learn of Him, the more I try to pattern my life after His. Although I am far from perfect, this relationship with Christ Jesus helps me become a better me. Secondly, my membership affords me opportunities to serve others. Serving in the church keeps me from what I call selfish worship, you know, the "what's in it for me?" kind. I love that we don't have a paid ministry so we all are called to serve. For instance, as a teenager I was assigned to plan monthly youth dances that provided a safe and fun alternative for my peers and I. Later I was asked to learn Spanish and serve as a volunteer missionary in the ghettos of Philadelphia for two years where I saw first hand the power of God as it changed lives. As a newly wed, I accepted a call to visit local hospitals once a week were I would simply visit and pray with the sick and infirmed. Most recently I was asked to be a volunteer scout leader working with some of the finest young men of our community. Finally, the doctrines, practices and opportunities available as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints simply make me happy. The doctrines have helped me understand that my Heavenly Father has a divine plan for me and all mankind. It gives me hope and makes me strive to make a difference every day. The church's practices from Sunday worship services to fun pot-luck dinners and community service outreach, well, these just make me happy. I find my joy multiplying as I see my own children discover the same happiness as they gain their own witness and convictions of this great faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Tom Rockwood
I recently developed a recipe for homemade root beer chili. It was so good, the first thing I wanted to do was share it. So I made it for parties and posted the recipe on the web. I just had to share it! In a much more significant way, that's how I feel about the joy and happiness I have found in the Mormon faith. I've put it to the test and it's incredible so I am compelled to share it. We have been commanded by the Savior in scripture to share this "good news" with our neighbors. I do so freely to show my love to God and my fellow man. And yes, just like watching others enjoy my chili, it makes me feel great when others discover the same happiness I find as a member of this church. Show more Show less