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Hi I'm Tom

I served as a missionary for two years. I am married to someone who is a convert to the LDS church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I love it here as I can't take the cold weather. I am married to my beautiful wife, and we have one son and another baby on the way. I attended DeVry University working on a Computer Information Systems degree. I am a full time IT Administrator and love my job. When not working I enjoy playing basketball or just being active in some way. I love to cook as a hobby and am very interested in getting back to the basics in food and knowing how to make things from scratch. I also love to sing to enjoy music of most genres. I see myself as moderate politically. Though I personally lean more conservative in most cases I don't think that in a country so diverse as ours one political view or the other can be what's best for everyone. I think there needs to be a blending of the best of both the conservative and liberal views so that we can all feel like we're united.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by my parents in the Mormon faith. I always believed that what I had been taught was true and didn't really have a reason to doubt the teachings. Growing up in Arizona it was easy to have a lot of Mormon and non-Mormon friends. I didn't always LOVE getting up early for church, but I did it knowing deep inside that's where I'm supposed to be. I guess as a teenager even knowing what you're supposed to do doesn't make it easy to do it. As I got older though and left to server a two year mission for my church I started feeling like I didn't really know for myself all of this that I believe to be true. I had heard the hypothetical question at times of, if my life were on the line and someone wanted me to denounce my faith, or else....what would I do? It occurred to me that I needed to get that personal confirmation for myself so that I, of myself and independent of anything/one else knew that this was all true. So after 19 years in the faith, I decided to try the steps that I knew needed to happen to be personally converted. One night as I was in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT I decided I wasn't going to sleep that night until I knew one way for the other. I got on my knees and began to pray and ask my Heavenly Father if The Book of Mormon was true scripture and if therefore the religion was the one 100% true doctrine on Earth. I told my Heavenly Father that I needed this knowledge and He had promised it to all who sincerely sought for it, and here I was seeking. After what was probably 2-3 hours on my knees I got this overwhelming feeling in my chest...something I had not felt before...a burning, and comfort, a peace. It, for me, was unmistakable. I knew Heavenly Father had just told me personally that it was all true. Since that day I have had a testimony of my own about all of the teachings that I had received growing up. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I continue to attend church on a weekly basis. At church I teach the 12-13 year old age group. I've also been given another member of the church as a partner to go make monthly visits to a few members of the church to visit and see if they are in need of anything that we can help with. We regularly have service projects that I try to help in when when I can. There's always people moving in and out of our ward who need help too. The scripture "...when ya are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." is something I try to live by. If I can help my family or brothers and sisters with what I have I try to.