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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a husband, a father, and an attorney. I love to read, hike, weight-lift, and SCUBA dive. And, yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a husband and a father. Spending time with my family is a great source of happiness for me. I look for opportunities to spend time with them doing things that we all enjoy. I enjoy spending time in nature, doing things like hiking, camping, photography, and SCUBA diving (which I call "hiking under water"). These activities give me a break from the everyday grind of work and other responsibilities, bring balance to my life, and remind me of the miracles of God's creations. I also like to learn. I subscribe to National Geographic, Popular Science, and SCUBA Diving. I also enjoy reading about history. I love reading from the Bible and other holy scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

I've heard people claim that religious people, including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the "LDS" or "Mormon church ) are uneducated people that just blindly believe what they are taught. For me, this could not be further from the truth. I, by nature, and by education (I have a doctorate degree), question everything. Though I was raised in the LDS faith, when I was a young man I felt that I needed to know for myself whether the things I had been taught as a child were true. I was not about to blindly believe anything. I decided to seek an answer directly from the source. Mankind's attempts to discover the truth by itself have resulted in hundreds, even thousands, of different beliefs. I believed what the Bible says in James, chapter 1, verse 5 - that if I lacked wisdom, I should ask God, and that if I asked in faith, believing that I would receive an answer, I would receive my answer directly from God. I took God at his word. I studied his word, tried hard to live my life the way that Jesus taught, and prayed for an answer. I did not receive an answer immediately, but, after I had demonstrated my sincere desire to know the truth, my answer came. I received a powerful, and incredibly peaceful, witness from the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God and my Savior, and that the LDS church is His church. Since that experience, people have tried to convince me that I am wrong, but I know what I felt, and what I have continued to feel. Jesus taught that you could know the nature of a person or a group of people by their fruit (i.e. what they encouraged and what they did). The LDS church has brought me closer to God than I ever thought possible. It has taught me to be a better husband, a better father, and a better person. The church has taught me to trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I have learned what it truly means to be a Christian.

How I live my faith

I attend church services with my family every Sunday. My family and I pray together, and on our own, on a daily basis. I teach Sunday School and I also volunteer my time by working with the local Boy Scout troop. I enjoy my associations with members of my local congregation and with my neighbors of other faiths.