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Hi I'm Tom

I am a husband, father, and aging athlete who loves action movies, baseball, and rock-n-roll; and I am a Mormon.

About Me

By trade I am a consulting manager for a healthcare system vendor, and I enjoy my job very much. I started as a computer programmer, moved to project management after eight years, and have honed my craft ever since. My wife and I raised four children and now have one grandchild. We attribute the strength of our marriage to the struggles, trials, and triumphs of parenthood; and feel very fortunate to have great kids. I spend my free time reading non-fiction, running/swimming, or working around the house. When time affords, my wife and I like to do day hikes in the nearby Cascades on sunny Saturdays.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I got into a bit of trouble and decided, when I was 23, to move to another city and start over. Although I was baptized into the church when I was eight years old, my family did not actively participate. As an adult, I did not believe in or practice any religion. I felt religion was OK - for those that need that sort of thing. I just wasn't one of them. I came across the church one day and my interest was piqued. After some discussion with local church members, I grew even more curious. They showed me a verse from the last chapter in the Book of Mormon that said, basically, that anyone who wanted to learn the truth about God could obtain a direct witness from Him, through the Holy Ghost. But the catch was: sincerity. You have to truly want to know. I decided to put it to the test. Each night I read the Book of Mormon for a few minutes and then got on my knees and asked God if it was true. I wasn't used to praying, so my prayers were very short and simple. After several weeks, I received that witness and could say unequivocally that Jesus was truly the Son of God, and that the Book of Mormon was truly a translation of an ancient record. The overwhelming joy, peace and comfort of the Lord's Spirit will never be mistaken for anything else - it is immense and glorious, and it changes you from the inside out. Since then, I have put many gospel principles to the same test, and have grown spiritually because of it.

How I live my faith

I love that being a mormon means serving on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. I have had many different callings through the years from Boy Scout Leader to Sunday School teacher to church administrator. Every calling in the church directly blesses the lives of others, and each have taught me important lessons. Presently, I assist in planning activities for our local single adult program, and I am responsible for the computers and library resources in our area's four meetinghouses (chapels). In our home we strive to read the scriptures together as a family, but lately it has been just my wife and I. We also pray together. There have been many times in my life where prayer led to solutions, and, to comfort during personal struggles. I hope I raised my children well enough that they will lean on the Lord when they get discouraged or depressed. Life can be tough - but with the Lord's help, we discover that we are tremendously tougher! I know that is true from personal experience.