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Hi I'm Thomas Clark Anderson

I am the father of 6, the grandfather of 17 and a life partner with an elect lady. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My bride of over 46 years have had the greatest satisfaction through raising six wonderful children who grew to be normal, responsible people. We like to think we had some influence on what they became. Our children blessed us with seventeen perfect (in our eyes) grandchildren scattered from New Mexico to Washington state. I was raised in a farming community in northern Utah and have a rich pioneer heritage. Most of my adult life was spent away from the Mountain West. After completing two degrees at Utah State my wife and I moved to Berkely where I attended the University of California in the rocking 1960s. My 30 or so years as a professional economist took us to six states, most recently as a professor of economics and finance at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia. We retired in 2000 and spent nearly a decade on the coast of the Florida panhandle. It was a picturesque place but we decided to move west to be closer to our grandchildren. We now live in Arizona but we try to get away for part of the summer to spend time at Bear Lake in southern Idaho/northern Utah (it is quite a bit cooler), traveling, and visiting grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home in a predominantly Mormon community. In essence my ancestors determined my faith. But as I have gone out into the world that faith has been tried and tested. I had to determine on my own just what I believed. I have always been an active, faithful member for two reasons: First, I have witnessed the fruits of the Church and its teachings on many people throughout my life, both members and nonmembers. I have found that those who abide its precepts and teachings live happier, fuller lives and they do it for a long time. Second, I have made a habit of reading and understanding those same doctrines and teachings from the time I was very young until today. I have questioned both doctrines and the actions of members and leaders of the church. In the end the opponents of the church have not presented persuasive arguments. More importantly from time to time I have heard the whisperings of a still small voice saying it is true, it will lead to true joy. I believe with all my heart that it is true! I have found that the times when I have lived most closely the things the Saviour taught are the time my life has been most full and happy.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve others through church leadership and teaching positions. But the main way I try to follow our Savior is by living his teachings in my day to day life. The most important way I have done that is as a husband and equal partner with my bride of over 46 years. She is my greatest gift. I have also tried to do this as a parent and grandparent. I try to follow His example in my interactions with friends, with coworkers and in the numerous interactions with people in my life. I try to live as we are taught: to be honest and true; to be chaste, benevolent and virtuous; and to do good to all men regardless of where they came from or their status in life.

In whom should we have faith?

Thomas Clark Anderson
Primarily in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less