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Hi I'm Tom Cotterell

I am a convert to the Mormon Church, and know that the Mormon church is the true church of god.

About Me

I was born and raised in Colorado, and my backyard is the mountains. Jeane, my wife, and I like to camp and enjoy the mountain vistas. The last time we went camping in our minivan, it wasn't able to go to all the places we wanted, so we purchased a Samurai, and rebuilt the engine and transfer case, put a header and 2 inch exhaust system on it, lifted it six inches, so it will accept 33 inch tires. That should let us drive anywhere that's legal. And when we get older and are not able to hike much, we will still be able to go the mountains and enjoy the vistas. We also like to dance, travel, watch movies, and visit with family. With 6 kids, 4 boys and 2 girls, now grown and starting their own families, we will have plenty of opportunities for travel. I was an IBM Mainframe Computer Operator with 25 years experience. Due to technological advancements, jobs have decreased, so I need to change careers. I am thinking about becoming a Systems Analyst.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Lutheran Church, and at a young age wanted to serve God and Jesus. In my second year of Confirmation, 8th grade, I wanted to become a Pastor in that church, after graduating from Confirmation I was Baptized and became a altar boy, lighting the candles at the beginning of services, helping the Pastor with the Sacrament, and snuffing the candles at the end of the meeting. Then they changed Pastors, and I thought that Pastor was a hypocrite and I didn't go back. I finished High School and went to work on the loading docks of Pepsi Cola. I was still studying the gospel and reading books about it. While attending school, a friend asked me to go Family Home Evening, it was fun. I went back to school, and was invited again the next Summer. The third year he sent the missionaries, one of which was studying the Dead Sea Scrolls before his mission, which I was reading a book on at the time. We talked about the Scrolls, and he said that there wasn't anything in the Book of Mormon that countered what was in the Bible or the Scrolls. I started reading the Book of Mormon and it meshed with everything that I believed, but I didn't have a real testimony of the gospel when the Missionaries challenged me to get baptized. Neither they or I knew if I would show up that Saturday. I went the bar Friday night with friends, and when I woke I decided, after much thought, that the only way for me to find out if the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints is the true church, was to join it. I don't know when I received my testimony, but I know that the Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. This testimony has helped me through many trials of life, and I have had opportunities to serve God, and have grown in the Gospel. Please Read the book of Mormon and pray if it is true, I ask in Jesus’ name amen.

How I live my faith

I Joined the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in 1976, at the age of 21. There I had the opportunity to serve god and my fellow man by being a Young Adult Rep, Membership Clerk under 5 or 6 Bishops, Secretary in the High Priest Group Leadership, 2nd Counselor in the High Priest Group Leadership, 2nd Counselor in the Sunday School Presidency, 1st Counselor in the Sunday School Presidency, and Sunday School President. Now Jeane and I are Family History Consultants. Where we help others "find their roots". We share with others, what we are learning about Genealogy and Family History. We can teach them how to use some of the tools available, find sources about their ancestors and how to record that information. One of the places we record that information is in New Family Search, we can help them open an account, show them around the tool, answer their questions, and start them on their way to finding their ancestors. We can help them start recording their personal History (an example is a Diary) and the history of their ancestors. There are consultants and Family History Centers in your area that can help you "find you roots". Look in https://www.familysearch.org/locations for information on where your local Family History Center is located. I have helped our community, when our church worked with the City, by picking up trash along our streets, cleaned up the area around the Apex Recreation Center, and helped put in solar water panels on the roof of the Apex Recreation Center to help heat the pools. I have also helped many people move by helping them pack up their homes, load and unload trucks and loading vans. I have fixed their automobiles (backyard mechanic) and helped them with their home repairs, etc.