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Hi I'm Thomas

I'm married, have four children, work as an industry analyst, love to cook, golf, fly-fish, and spend time with my family.

About Me

I'm a dad whose kids are growing too fast and I may be a bit lost once they all have moved out. Our kids have been the center of a lot of our time with scouts, soccer, baseball, basketball, football teams, piano and other various musical instruments, horse-back riding and a myriad of other activities. I am a golf nut and also love fly fishing and fly tying. I earned my first amateur radio license when I was a kid and still love dabbling in electronics and making contacts around the world via radio waves. I enjoy reading and usually have several books underway with never really enough time to dedicate to them.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth we were very active first in the Episcopal and then the Presbyterian church and I had a lot of interest in religion in general which caused me to do a lot of study. Around the time I was 20 I was working at a Friendly restaurant and in the employee changing room I found a Joseph Smith testimony tract on the shoe rack. Something about it resonated with me and it was a church I had never heard of. So I went to the library and found a Book of Mormon and started to read it. Soon I was meeting with the missionaries. It was like the pieces of a puzzle were finally fitting together and I spent a lot of time in study and prayer. I made what ended up being a very controversial decision in my family but one of the best I have made. My life has been richly blessed by the covenants I have made and the experiences I have had. My understanding and appreciation for the Savior and his atonement drives me to emulate his attributes.

How I live my faith

My role as a husband and father are of utmost importance to me and a key point of faith for me is family. I try to set examples for my kids of service and gratitude and I also continue to seek ways to improve my knowledge of an ever widening set of topics. I have had great opportunities to work with the youth in the church and currently wake up every morning to teach seminary at 6am m-f. I love this time each morning talking about the scriptures, hearing the great experiences the youth are having. But it is also important to recognize that being a follower of Christ is more than interactions with members of our church. It also means looking for opportunities to serve others be that helping out neighbors, working with charities aiding the needy, coaching youth sports or planning and practicing for emergency communication needs with other amateur radio operators. Religion isn't some sideline of my life, it is the center-piece.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

While Mormons spend a lot of time helping one another the Church has a large outreach and humanitarian effort that goes far beyond members of the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes using church buildings to house people after natural disasters, and providing aid in food/water/clothing to those in need after these disasters. In addition the church and its members are involved in many other efforts on a community and global scale including training in hygiene, job skills, food storage and distribution. Missionaries throughout the world not only preach the gospel but also seek opportunities to server and help others. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Services are a lot like they are in many other churches and religions. There are generally 3 meetings each Sunday. The primary meeting is called Sacrament Meeting (because it centers around partaking of the sacrament (communion). This meeting also has hymns, prayers, and speakers (sermons). In this meeting families tend to sit together it lasts about 70 minutes in length. You may find that the building near you has several "wards" (congregations) that meet in the same building. These wards are defined by geographic boundaries. The other two meetings are Sunday School classes: divided by age group and meetings and then meetings divided in to men and women. Visitors are welcome at all meetings. There is a find a meeting application on the mormon.org website to help you find the building location and meeting hours for your location. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We certainly look at the Holy Bible as scripture or sacred and inspired writing give by God to mankind to aid us in worship and our daily lives. The Bible contains a great deal of valuable information that I spend time studying each day. In addition to the Bible we have additional scriptures. The most well known of these is The Book of Mormon (part of the reason for the nickname). While the Bible centers on the people who were living in the middle east, the Book of Mormon deals with the inhabitants of ancient America. These two stand together as witnesses of the divinity of Jesus Christ. We also have a book call the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) which are revelations important to the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ and a smaller book known as the Pearl of Great Price which includes additional revelation and history. None of these take away from the Bible but stand in support of it and strengthen our understanding. Show more Show less