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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work as an economist and am currently attending school to earn a post-graduate degree in economics. I love to play the guitar. I enjoy hiking, camping, and just about anything related to the outdoors—although my busy life seems to keep me from doing those things as often as I’d like. My primary focus, however, is always my faith and my family. My beautiful wife and I have one child, a wonderful little boy. As we work to raise him to be happy, healthy, honest and responsible, our joint faith is the compass that guides our way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. I believe, though, that every person arrives at a point in life where a choice must be made whether or not to accept the traditions and beliefs of his or her parents. When that moment arrived for me, I spent a lot of time pondering, studying, and thinking about the principals and doctrines taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What I learned as I read and studied made sense, but ultimately I had to get down on my knees and ask God directly for the wisdom to know the path that He would have me follow. It didn’t come immediately, but He ultimately answered my prayer by touching my heart and confirming that He is there, that His Son Jesus Christ lives, and that the teachings I had grown up with came from Him. I view that as the moment when I truly became converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since that time I have continued to feel His presence and to see His hand in my life confirming that He loves me and that He has me and each of us in the protecting palm of His hand.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by following Jesus Christ’s example of a life of service. I know I can’t change the world, but I also know that through my efforts I can make the small part of the world around me a better place. I strive to treat each person whose life intersects with mine with kindness, respect, and love—whether it is my family and friends, my co-workers, the attendant at the gas station, or a homeless person on the street. I am far from perfect. I often fall short of the ideal that I strive for, but I know that the Lord asks nothing more than our faith and that we do the best we can. In the end, I trust that His Grace will be sufficient to make up for the gap between what I am and what He would have me be.