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Hi I'm Tom

I have been a Mormon all my life but was converted as a young man during my 2- year voluntary mission to Holland.

About Me

I am the 4th child of four. I grew up in southest Idaho to a wonderful family. My parents are two of the best parents ever. My family, to this day, are very close even though miles separate us. I enjoy camping and hiking and the out of doors. I love sports especially baseball, basketball, track and golf, even though my age causes me to watch more than I play now. My other life-long hobby is music, mostly vocal. I have been part of various formal choirs since junior high. I have sung many solos over the years. I graduated from college in business and still follow the university and its sports program avidly. My wife and I have been happily married for over 34 years. My wife and I have four terrific children. Each one is married to special spouses and we have 10 grandchildren, soon to be 11. Just as it was growing up as a child, my adult life revolves around my family. I am a successful, long-time banker, currrently serving as a Branch Manager for an Arizona based bank.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a Mormon pioneer family so I have been a member all my life. I have, even as a child, believed the church to be true. However, it was not until my voluntary 2 - year mission to the country of Holland that I was converted to the Mormon Church. I have always had a strong belief in Christ and His life and mission. The doctrines and principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just makes common sense and parralels the doctrines and principles in the Bible. Christ, since Adam, organized His church. It has been God's pattern from the beginning to speak to man through apostles and prophets to teach His doctrines. It is my testimony that the same Church that Christ Himself established has, again, been restored to the earth and God continues to speak through apostles and Prophets today. The prophet currently is Thomas S. Monson. He is the prophet not only to to us in a world-wide church but is God's spokesman for all people everywhere if they have the desire and faith to listen. The doctrine that is the most important to me deals with the eternal nature of families. Our family associations are intended to be a joy in this life but also in the next life and for all eternity. The family organization, i.e. father, mother and children, will always recognize each other and is destined to continue throughout this life and throughout eternity. All of this is made possible through the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God literally is the Father of our spirits and He wants His children to return to our heavenly home from which we came. If I repent of all my wrong doings, (also made possible through Christ taking my sins upon Himself if I do my part), along with the resurrection, makes it possible for me to return to God in Heaven, NOT as an idividual, but along with my eternal family. What joy and comfort that thought brings me everyday. Anyone can know these same truths if you are willing to search and pray.

How I live my faith

I am motivated to do my best to contribute to my country, my community, my employer, my church and my family all becasue of my belief in the Church. My membership in the Church is a way of life for me, not just on Sunday. I have always served in community organizations. Currenlty I serve on the Board of Directors for a local chamber of commerce and a local silent witness organization. I love being a successful bread-winner for my family and being deeply invloved in the life of my wife and children because of my testimony of the Church and my love of the Savior. I willingly volunteer much time, money and effort to the Church because it is just the right thing to do. I served a volunteer 2 - year mission to Holland as a young man where I and my family gladly paid all expensed because of my beliefs. That experience taught me to gain a deep, spiritual testimony of the Church and Chirst on my own, not to rely on the strength of my good parents. I have had Church callings ever since. One of those opporttunities that was so special to me and my family was the calling I held for the past 5 years as a Bishop. A Bishop is the spiritual leader of a geographically based congregation the Church. I was responsible for about 500 members and spent many hours a week of volunteer service that I shared willingly becasue of my love for the Savior. Currently, I serve as an adult Sunday School teacher in that same congregation. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a way of life that affects the way I live my life every day. It gives me joy. It gives me my values and direction to get through the struggles and hard times we all must face in life. It motivates me to live my life well here and now as I prepare to return to my Heavenly home from which I came. Our family mantra is "No Empty Chairs" meaning, we can earn the eternal blessing of being together as a family for eternity without anyone missing. I testify it can be so.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tom
Yes, Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated corrertly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Show more Show less