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Hi I'm Tom

I am an insurance professional, a cyclist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an everyday kind of guy. I am the fellow in the cubicle next to you. I have pictures of my family on my desk and perhaps a simple picture of Jesus Christ. I like to visit with friends and love to be with people of all walks of life and of all faiths and cultures. I like to ride bicycles with my wife of 30 years. I am a father and grandfather. I enjoy photography, mostly looking at other people's work but I enjoy snapping that lucky photo and putting it on my computer desktop. I don't enjoy camping and I dislike cold climates. I work to keep extra weight off my midsection and am learning how to eat better. I travel a great deal and meet new people all the time. I see so much good in people. I believe the average stranger is a lot like me. My wife is my joy and anchor. My children are my precious gems. My grandchildren are my hope of the future. My church membership is my most prized possession. I graduated from California State University. I married young, and glad for it. I have a passion for aviation and space exploration and related sciences. I tell dorky jokes and enjoy laughing with others.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and father were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and raised me in the church. Growing up our family experienced challenges like anyone else. Mom and dad divorced when I was a teenager, which left me struggling with my own identity and purpose. My extended family is close and were an resource for good while young. I chose to leave my home and serve as a missionary when I was 19 years old. I studied the Old & New Testaments and LDS scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which I read 5 times in 24 months. I feel power in the scriptures. I am taught every time I read them. I have drawn close to my Savior through reading scriptures and attending church and have felt His influence in my life. The Holy Spirit has wispered to my soul on numerous occasions when my needs have been great or small. I have felt a fire in my soul as a witness of the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon and of Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am taught correct principles by my church and then make decisions on my own for my personal spiritual welfare. There is no doubt in my mind and heart but that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is thetrue gospel, restored to the earth as prophesied in the New and Old Testaments. I have strength through my testimony of the Savior that will bear me through the most difficult challenges of life. I never wonder who I am or why I am here on earth. I know these things. The truth I have is consistent in all scripture and is eternal. Without the strength of my faith and my church I fear I may give into temptations which bring no man happiness. I am so thankful for my faith and the power it gives me to make right choices and to repent when I yield to less righteous influences. I am a man and subject to error yet I am loved by my Savior and God the Father. Jesus Christ is the son of God. Not a manifestation and confusing entity. They are both real and living and loving. God answers prayer. I know this to be a fact.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church all my life. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all members are given the opportunity to serve. We all have "callings" where we devote considerable free time to the church as a Sunday School teacher or administrator, or other function that helps the organization bless lives. We have no paid ministry and we do not vote for our leaders but they are called to serve through inspired leaders. You will not find a plate passed during our meetings and you will not hear our speakers solict funds for the church. Members of the church tithe willingly and privately. I never turn down a call to serve. I have been blessed abudantly in life through church service. I have had the priviledge of serving as a bishop, the spiritual leader of a congregation. I can testify that callings come to members of the church by way of inpiration through the Holy Spirit. Our congregations are called "wards" and we consider them as extended family. We love and care for each other. We teach each other and help each other. This is what we believe the Lord taught during his ministry. We have the same priesthood power in the church that Christ gave to his Apostles when He was on the earth. This priesthood power is not appointed due to education or position but it is appointed to all worthy male members of the church. This same priesthood power can bind on earth and it is bound in heaven. Our marriages are performed in sacred temples where men & women are joined in marriage and promised an eternal union if each keeps their promises to God and each other. My marriage can extend beyond the grave through righteous living. I like that idea. We believe that we dwelt wtih God before this world was created. He taught us and loved us. We chose to come here to learn and grow in ways not available previously. We are blind to our pre-earth life as spirit children so we can prove our love and faith in God and His son, Jesus Christ.