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Hi I'm Tom Pereira

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with five children, four boys and our youngest a girl. My oldest son is married and they have our only grandchild, although I understand another is on the way. I worked for the US Postal Service for most of my adult life, until I was wrongfully terminated when I assisted one of the employees under my charge write a complaint of sexual harassment against the agency. In truth, it was my status as a permanently disabled employee that likely upset as much as what they saw as managerial betrayal. That experience and physical disability led to my early retirement in May of 2000 at the age of 41. I have spent the last 11 years of my life trying to make up to my children, and wife, for my many years of 12 hour work days and 6 day work weeks. I take my two remaining minor children to school every day. I make and bring them their lunches every day. I pick them up from school every day. I make everyone in the family dinner every day. I also have two miniature dachshunds that bring a great deal of joy into my life. They are my companions wherever I go. I am convinced that they are my guardian angels. I am very interested in high-end men's clothing, buying and selling it on the internet. Both my grandmother and father owned clothing stores in the 40's, 50's, and 60's, so I suppose it's in my genes. I am very conservative, politically and personally. My greatest joy is my family. I could not imagine life without them. I love them unconditionally.

Why I am a Mormon

Born and raised Catholic, as a very young man I served as an altar boy and then sacristan, or paid head altar boy. In these capacities of service, I attended dozens of funerals for family, friends, and strangers. Sadly, in attending these services I did not experience comfort or peace. This was especially true when my grandmother, who I loved dearly, passed away in 1969. The idea that those I loved were now gone, never to be a part of my life again, seemed counter to the idea of Heaven. How could Heaven be a place of eternal joy if those I loved most would not be a part of my life anymore? That was the seed. When I was 13-years old a wonderful LDS family moved into our neighborhood. In spite of my many shortcomings in life, this family accepted me. Most important, they were patient with me. They invited me to many activities, church and family, and I was happy to attend with them. at their invitation, I attended a youth dance, where I found others who thought the same things I did even though we did not share a common belief system. I was impressed by the quality of their character and their incredible standards. I was comfortable in their presence. As I progressed through high school I began to date, exclusively, LDS girls. I realized, even at that early age, these were the type of girls I would want to marry one day. I also recognized that to marry the very best of them, and they were all too good for me, I would need to be LDS, so, I decided to investigate their faith more closely. In my conversations with the family I found the answers to many questions I had. I found comfort in the Plan of Salvation and the prospect of being reunited with my grandmother. Most important, I found peace. Raised a devout Catholic, I could not simply turn away from everything I had known my entire life. I took the challenge to ask God what I should do and received a personal, unmistakable witness that the church was true. I was baptized at the age of 18.

How I live my faith

After my baptism I really had no plans on serving as a missionary for the church, as most of our young men do, nor did anyone seem to expect me to. I came to realize, however, that serving a full-time mission was required for all young men and I didn't see where any exception was made for young men born and raised Catholic and joined the church later in life. I wanted to do what I knew God wanted me to do so I turned in papers to serve a full-time mission. I was disowned by my family for doing so and was told to move out. I sold my car to pay for my mission and lived in the garage of the family that introduced me to the church. I served a full-time mission in Brasil from 1980 to 82. Upon finishing my mission I have had many opportunities to serve both the church and my local community. I was involved in civic organizations, such as the Sister Cities Program and have sponsored dozens of Japanese and Portuguese youth in our home as exchange students. I also ran for, unsuccessfully, political office four times. I am most proud, in that capacity, of having received the first ever endorsement of the Muslim community in my area who were impressed with my strong belief in faith and family. While working as a Letter Carrier for the USPS, I also served as a union officer where I successfully represented over 300 employees in disputes with the agency. This service was unpaid so I did it because I felt compelled to assist those that I knew I was able to help, even if it did not always make me the most popular person at work, When I was still healthy physically, I was active in the scouting program with my three oldest children. These days, I work mostly in a teaching capacity with our youth. Most of my life I have felt a strong duty to help others wherever I have been able. The desire to assist others is still strong, even if the body is mostly unwilling to cooperate. I have always found the greatest joy in life through serving others.