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Hi I'm Tom

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and now live in the beautiful state of Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a retail family so retailing in in my blood. Early in life I successfully established a small chain of retail clothing stores and later began a management consulting firm. In the latter, I provided marketing support services for independent retailers in all fifty states, most of Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Lots of travel! It was a very rewarding. Those that trusted me to solve their problems were extremely grateful for the help I was able to provde for them. But fifty years was enough and have since retired. A friend asked, "What do you do with all of your time in your retirement?" My answer to him was, "I do the same things he does, all the things that are required of each of us each day to live our lives. It's just that I have more time to do them!" Actually, I'm a wannaby author and my first book is now being edited and I am hopeful it will be published. I already have another book rattling around in my thoughts. I have a lovely companion who calls me her husband. NIne living children refer to me as father and thirty-three grand children and four great grandchildren affectionally call me grandpa! Not many married couples get to start their marriages with such a large, ready-made family, in this case, her six and my three, as this is our second marriage.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter-day Saint home and in my youth, had read many parts of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. In reality, though, I was unprepared to have an intelligent discussion of either. As I matured into manhood, I decided it was time to become more acquainted with both books and began with the Book of Mormon. I sat down in a comfortable chair one Sunday evening, opened the book and began to read. The story line was compelling and I continued to read into the evening and throughout the night. Soon, such an intense feeling came upon me that it is difficult if not impossible for me to describe. It was a feeling more powerful than I have ever experienced in my life. Feeling guilty for waiting so long to read it, I began to sob and could not stop. In that moment I came to know without question the book I held in my hands was true. It was a powerful manisfestation that Jesus Christ was the divine person he claimed to be, and the church I had belonged to all my life was indeed his true church upon the earth! I have read the book many times since and my testimony of it becomes stronger each time. Because its message collaborates the doctrines of the Bible, the Book of Mormon bears witness of the divineness of biblical scripture. That's so important in a world where even religious leaders express doubt in their own Bible, a book they should be defending rather than creating doubt. I'm grateful for the sure knowledge and testimony I have of these two books. It has been one of the great blessings in my life.

How I live my faith

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is no professional clergy. This means we must care for and teach each other. This is not an imposition but rather an opportunity to practice my religion. As all members of the ward (congregation) are invited to serve, each member has the opportunity to serve in various capacities according to their skills. I'm appreciative of the personal skills this voluntary service has given me. In my current assignment, I assist the bishop (pastor) by providing leadership to a portion of the ward. This involves assigning each member in my group to watch over three or four families of the congregation. Known as home teaching, it requires a visit to each home at least once each month with a spiritual message and determining if there are any special needs. If at any time these families face difficulties, they can call their home teacher for help. I've had families call me for all kinds of different assistance from helping them with a home repair to a full blown emergency. And if I can't help, I have all the resources of the ward that I can call upon. As every member of the ward has a home teacher, it provides a safety net for each. And it allows myself and others an opportunity to do that which the Lord requires of each of us, to "love thy neighbor." To Mormons, the family is the most important part of our life and likewise, it is mine. Monday evenings are held in reserve for "family home evening," and Friday evening has always been a "date night" with my wife. Each day in our home begins with a family prayer with morning and evening personal prayers. And we have always tried to make sincere compliments and praise a part of our family conversation. There are just the two of us now, but the routine is the same. A daily ritual is to embrace and express our love for each other. Saying the words "I love you," is such a simple act but so necessary and rewarding to our daily relationship. It begins our day!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tom
Salvation comes from the Divine Grace of Jesus Christ by his loving act in the Garden of Gethsemene and on the Cross. Thus, the law of justice has been satistied in our behalf, which means "salvation is free" (2 Nephi 2: 4), and that by his grace we are saved. The scriptures also teaches we are saved "after all that we can do" (2 Nephi 25: 26). For us to do "all that we can do," Jesus Christ asks us to have faith in him, repent of our sins, be baptized, obey his commandments, receive the Holy Ghost, do good works and endure to the end of our lives. This means faith and works are required of us--not to repay Him or as some would say, to buy our salvation--but to change our lives! Therefore, the required repentance of our sins is not punishment or repayment but to change us. The Savior's goal is to have us become more Christ-like so that at some future time, we will be prepared to enter God's presence. The Lord further explains, "No unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing enters into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end" (3 Nephi 27: 19). Show more Show less