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Hi I'm Tom

I'm the third of six kids. I've lived in almost every major region of the U.S. I love Gator football. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Out of all the things that could define me, the most important is my family. I have three younger sisters who I absolutely love to tease. I have two older brothers so I'm frequently the one on the bottom of the dog pile. I'm a momma's boy through and through. Oh, and I look just like my Dad although I still have the same baby tooth that my Mom still has. (It's how she knows we're related.) Growing up we moved around a lot. Naw, my Dad isn't in the military. We just went wherever God told us to go. I think I've made around eighteen moves in my life. Four of those were cross country. Probably the most significant move is coming up. I'm going to Argentina for two years to serve my mormon mission. Excited? Oh yeah! What else? Well, I love watching college football. Because of all the places I've lived I would naturally have to owe a lot of allegiances to a lot of different teams. I considered the dilemma and I came up with the remedy. I chose a team where I've never lived before. For about four or five years now I've been a devoted Florida Gator fan. Tim Tebow is my hero and Urban Meyer will always be the best coach of all time!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm what Mormons call a lifer. I was born into a Mormon family and I haven't had a lot of other religious influences. However, my Mom did grow up in various denominations throughout her younger years and occasionally she will randomly start singing Bible camp songs whenever she has the inclination. I'm not sure if that counts or not. I had a co-worker once tell me that I couldn't know mormonism was true unless I had first experienced other religions and ideas. While trial and error is a method for discovering truth, I also know that God talks to man. He answers the questions of those who will but sincerely ask. Jesus said "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7) I've asked through earnest prayer and He has spoken to me. I've sought Him through the scriptures and he has written to me. I've knocked on the very gates of Heaven and He has opened them up to me. Jesus Christ restored this church to the earth. It is His church. He is the founder and author of it. That's why we call ourselves members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Every day I get up. I pray. I study the scriptures. I pray some more. I listen for the directions of the Holy Spirit and I write those directions down. Then I pray some more. My day is always better if I follow that pattern. I then go to work and to school. I watch for people who are in need of kindness or help. I watch for people who need a little bit of a spiritual boost. Sometimes it's just a kind word or smile to a passerby. Sometimes it's just listening to a friend get something off their chest. Sometimes it's putting down what I think is important and coming to the rescue. Always, it is with Christ-like love. I used to think that in order to change the world there would have to be vast coalitions of well-meaning interest groups and cooperative politics at every level of government. By changing policy we could change the world. Now I know that all it takes is one kind act at a time. One smile. One loving sentence. One helping hand. Soon enough the world changes, not because of policy, but because we stepped up to the plate. That's what our church teaches. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ..." (2 Nephi 25:26) Christ can change the world. He already has. This is His church and we will continue to do so. I invite you to find out more about us. I invite you to come join us and have a fullness of joy with us.