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Hi I'm Tom

Happily married father of 12 and grandfather of 46, a retired military officer, and a former Catholic I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Tom. Grandfather of 46. A former Army helicopter pilot, Ranger and Special Forces qualified officer. Presently my goal is to teach the younger grandchildren how to fish. Later they can learn how to beat me at golf. Time spent with family is a critical time in my older years. As a former hotel assistant manager at a world-class resort I truly enjoy other cultures and the commonality of family values. As a young adult educated at a Jesuit all-boys high school, I enjoyed my life as an active Catholic and Knight of Columbus in our family of eight.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young soldier, I was happy and active as a Catholic. I dated a young lady who was a Latter-day Saint, even visiting the Los Angeles Temple Visitor Center on one of our dates. I knew at the time that I would marry a Catholic while she said she was going to get married in the temple. We stopped dating but remained friends. She wrote me and asked if I would mind if the missionaries of the Church stopped by and presented some discussions about the beliefs of the LDS Church. I met with these young men, about my own age, and learned the principles of the LDS doctrines. An important experience was the challenge for me to test the principles, such as the health code, church attendance, scripture study and prayer. I trusted in the Lord's promises and quickly saw the proof in my own life. I even began paying tithing to my local Catholic parish. At the time I was also attending a Catholic men's college at night and had the opportunity to discuss their teachings with a priest theologian just returned from Rome. Approximately one year later I came to understand that the things I had learned were, indeed, true, though my knowledge was not perfect nor thorough. I spent two weekends explaining my desire to be baptized to my father, a retired Army surgeon, a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, and (following my mother's earlier death) a lay deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese in Southern California. He rightly summarized my 'new' beliefs as heresy, from his perspective, but knowing he was addressing me in love I was not offended. I was baptized the following week and invited the young lady who had sent the missionaries to attend. When asked if I joined the Church because of a pretty girl, I reply, "If you will believe my answer as the truth....no." I count it as one of my greatest blessings that ten months later we were married, and the following year our marriage was sealed in the Los Angeles Temple 'for time and all eternity."

How I live my faith

Together with my wife we try to learn the interests of single adults in this region, ages 32-55, especially those with children, and help meet their needs. .

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tom
I was serving in the US Army when I learned of and converted to the LDS Church. Though I remained in the military for a twenty-year career, I have always looked to that day when I could serve a full-time mission to bring similar happiness into the lives of my brothers and sisters and their families who have been prepared to hear the truth. My wife of forty-one years and I hope to serve as a senior missionary couple in the future. Show more Show less