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Hi I'm Tom

I have lived in Brazil for 11 years and love traveling to other countries. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and first boarded an airplane when I left for an LDS mission to Brazil when I was nineteen. Upon returning from my mission, I finished my schooling and graduated from the University of Utah in Accounting. I worked for Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells and became a Certified Public Accountant. Later I had an opportunity to work as a financial controller for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil, an assignment that lasted nine years. I went to Brazil with three children (two adopted) and returned with 12, having adopted nine more children, including five that were born in the same year. My life has never been the same since! From these twelve children and five more step children, I have learned much about life, it's challenges and blessings. Although it hasn't been easy, the rewards have been worth the struggles. My second wife (previous high school sweetheart) has helped me raise these wonderful children and together we have grown in patience and love and have now been rewarded with 22 grandchildren. I have had many opportunities in my carreer which have allowed me to travel outside of the United States and meet wonderful people from many different cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS home and was taught the principles of my religion by the example of my parents. However, until I served my mission, I was still working off of their testimonies. When I was able to serve others on a full-time basis and share my testimony daily, my testimony became my own. Since then, I have tried to put the gospel principles into practice in my family and career. As I have experienced challenges in my life, I have found that my Heavenly Father has been by my side, strengthening me in the process. Through these and many other spiritual experiences, my faith has increased. Today I know with a certainty that my Heavenly Father lives and that Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve others. I have taught adults, youth, and children at different times. I have especially enjoyed visiting members of our congregation in their homes where I have been able to get to know them better and I have been strengthened by their faith. I also spent three years serving as a scoutmaster which taught me about developing young men and also about the beauty of nature. While living in Brazil, I was called to be a bishop, which allowed me to be more involved in the lives of those in my congregation. Currently I am assisting with the finances in our area. When I serve where I am asked, marvelous new opportunities to learn and grow follow. Through all of these experiences, I have developed relationships that will last forever. I have learned that when I serve others, I receive the greatest blessings of all.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tom
No, but many Mormons choose to serve a mission because they want to share their testimony with others. Young men, ages 19 to 26 are encouraged to prepare for and serve missions. Five of our sons and two of our daughters have served (or are serving) missions, others have not, even though they are practicing members of our Church. Our daughter who just returned from a mission stated that it is the best thing she had ever done. We encourage our children to serve because we know how much they grow while they are serving others. My wife and I plan on serving missions together during our retirement years. Show more Show less