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Hi I'm Tom

I grew up in Virginia and Colorado. I went on a mission to Thailand in 1975. I like to run.

About Me

I grew up in the east. Moved to the west in the late 60's. I joined the church when I was just about 14. I have been in real estate development most of my career. I am married with 7 children. They are awesome. I enjoy outdoor sports, especially with my kids, ages 23-33. We have four boys and three girls. I like to, run, bike, hike, ski, snowshoe, travel, and swim in warm water. I do triathlons, Xterra, mountain bike racing, and road and trail running. Recently, I did my first 100 mile run/race in Leadville, Colorado. It was hard!?! It was a great experience because of support from my entire family. I have travelled to almost all of the 50 United States and ridden my bike or run in many of them. I have lived in Europe, and Asia twice. Since I enjoy travelling, I have been to several countries in Europe and Asia.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church by my own choice. My Dad didn't join until he was in his mid forties. The family agreement was that each person in our family could join whatever church they wanted to or they could not go to any church at all. I saw what the good people in the church tried to do and how they helped others. I liked it. I liked seeing it done and l liked doing it. Later, as I studied more about the church, I found the teachings to ring true. After reading and studying the Book of Mormon several times, I have had numerous confirmations that it is true. The teachings have been applicable to my everyday life. The more fully I live according to Christ's teachings and the scriptures the happier I am. I have had many, many confirmations to my spirit, from the Holy Ghost, that the church is true and that Christ is at its head. My family is the most important responsibility I have. I have found that when I serve others and do my best to help others get through this often challenging life, that I am happier. Recently, we have offered to serve anywhere in the world and have been asked to serve the people of Vietnam. I am very excited to get to know the language, people, customs, etc. of the Vietnamese people and serve them in whatever ways possible. Starting in February 2013, we will go to Vietnam for 18 months to help them get clean water, improve their health, teach those that are interested English, help them improve their employment, and solve other issues they are facing.

How I live my faith

I enjoy living my religion. We go to church on Sundays. When we are travelling we try to find out where our church meets so we can go there. It is fun to meet members of our church from all over the world. I served a mission for the church from 1974-76 in Thailand. I learned to speak Thai and love the people. I have done a variety of things to help the church in our area. For several years, I worked with Laotian refugees, some of whom joined the church. We helped them find work, learn to speak English, get settled in the United States and to be more comfortable in a completely new environment, since most came from refugee camps in Asian countries. I have worked with the young men in our area, teaching them how to be happy in this life. I have also worked with the older members in our area, supporting them when they have lost loved ones, or cleaning their yards when they can't, or helping them move, or solving other problems in their lives that they desired help with.