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Hi I'm Tom W.

As an Air Force brat I spent most of my childhood in Japan. I'm a husband, father, grandfather, a stock broker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up wanting to be just like my father, a disciplined loving man committed to God and his family, as well as being a distinguished career Air Force fighter pilot. Glasses kept me from being a pilot but I'm still working on trying to follow his fine example.  I am a husband of 35 years to my best friend Lillian, a father of 6, a grandfather of 9, and a stock & bond broker for the past 30 years. I've worked since I was 13 years old so I had little free time for my hobbies early on. Today I enjoy hiking, backpacking, & camping as well as an odd hobby of researching the diet of Methuselah, the worlds oldest man. I've picked up my wife's hobby of travelling to visit grandchildren and other places like Hawaii & NY. I served an LDS mission in northern California when I was 20 and was thrilled to see others change their lives for the better, being a witness to miracles in their lives, and feeling their love & friendship. I loved my mission passionately and want to serve again; this time with my wife after I retire. I'm politically active as a precinct committeeman for the past 23 years and have run for a county office twice & a state office once. I've always wanted to promote the American way of life and restore our politics to the statemanship our founding fathers exemplafied.

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason I'm an active committed Mormon is because of the "Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ." All my life I've wanted to be close to my Heavenly Father, and felt a deep gnawing spiritual void in my heart when I didn't feel that closeness. At age 19 I first read the "Book of Mormon" and felt such a overwhelming tsunami of God's Spirit wash over my soul that I couldn't bear to not have that closeness and feel His Spirit daily. As a result I made a serious commitment to read and study from it ("The Book of Mormon") every day. 40 years later and maybe 100 times reading it cover to cover, I can honestly say that this is the best thing I have ever done for my own personal peace, happiness, and salvation. I'm convinced that the reason that I've had this experience with the "Book of Mormon" is because it is a divine book of scripture specifically designed for the beginning Christian. It contains detailed spiritually charged discourses on all the basics of individual salvation, especially faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. It explains each basic principle of Christ's gospel in such directness and simplicity that it would be difficult to misunderstand. It is like an elementary school course of instruction in Christianity. By contrast the "Bible" is a collection of books (the definition of the word "Bible") that was put together by highly educated intellectual scholars and clergymen for their own study and purposes, at a more scholarly level; like a high school course in Christianity. It seems to assume that the reader is already familiar with the basics of Christianity. Laws of that day were enacted prohibiting the common man from reading the "Bible" deliberately restricting it for the use of the intellectual scholars and clergy, rather than the beginning Christian. There are many other reasons I am a Mormon but most are related to and are woven into the fabric of the “Book of Mormon's” tapestry.

How I live my faith

I enjoy sharing my faith with others. I share it with my family through daily prayer and scripture study with them and by having lots of family play and recreation time. Monthly, I share a spiritual message with three families in my congregation that I am assigned to watch over. I share it with friends, neighbors, and associates by telling them about Christ's 33 AD visit to ancient America, as recorded in my favorite book, the "Book of Mormon." I share it by fulfilling assignments to teach classes in church from time to time and serving as a church librarian. I also live my faith by supporting good causes in my local and world community, and by supporting good people for public office. I encourage others to rid our community and nation of the evils of our day like dishonesty, corruption in high places, selfishness, etc. and replace it with truth, justice, integrity, honesty, charity, service, and statesmanship.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Tom W.
One of the last prophets to write in the Book of Mormon, an ancient american prophet named Mormon, also abridged all the previous ancient american prophets writings of his nation from between 600 BC to 300 AD, before adding his own words. Because of his contribution the entire book was named after him. His name, Mormon, comes from a beautiful sacred place where the first recorded Christian baptisms in the America's were preformed, the waters of Mormon. It is a complement that the world knows us as Mormons after such a great prophet and such a sacred place, though the correct name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints." The modern prophet Joseph Smith aptly described the church's true connection to the Book of Mormon in these words: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” (History of the Church, 4:461.) I know this statement to be true because I have read and studied the Book of Mormon and asked God if it is true; who affirmed to my soul, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that it is His word. In other words, God's Spirit touched my spirit with such convincing and confirming power that I no longer merely believe it to be true, but now know it to be true. Show more Show less