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Hi I'm Tom

I teach TV Broadcasting at a university. I grew up in northern Idaho but have lived all over the U.S.

About Me

I am a divorced, recently remarried father of three sons. I enjoy photography and riding my motorcycle. I teachTelevision Broadcasting at the university. My father was also a university professor and I always told myself that was something I did not want to do for a career. Now that I have been at it for more than a decade, I can't see myself doing anything else as a profession. I love seeing young people feed their passion as they prepare to begin their career. I have been so fortunate to find the woman of my dreams. My wife and I married in July 2014. She is my best friend, partner in crime (not literally) and adventure teammate.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church as a young adult, just a few months before marrying my dad who is not a Mormon. So as I grew up I did not have a lot of pressure to participate in church activities, but chose to do so any way. I have seen how the church helps me to be a better person than I could be on my own. The church gives me a community of like-minded people who support me in my efforts. I love the friendships I enjoy with those who attend church meetings with me.

How I live my faith

I love to serve others, to give something that I can offer that no one else is able or willing to give. I serve among the young adults where I am part of the leadership for their small congregation. These young people are so impressive in the way they serve each other and those outside our faith. They are each an example to me. I have worked with several non-profit organizations in my community by offering my skills in video production and broadcasting to help promote their programs.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Tom
Most Mormons dress up for church meetings. Men usually wear a shirt and tie with a sport jacket, or a suit. Women wear dresses or skirts. However, we welcome anyone regardless of how they are dressed. We dress in our “Sunday best” to show respect for God and the blessings he has given. We celebrate holidays like most other Christians, including Christmas and Easter. There are few Mormon holidays celebrating major milestones in the development of the church. We also celebrate national holidays in the countries where we live. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Tom
Many religions refer to God as Heavenly Father. The same is true for Mormons. We believe we are literally spiritual sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves his children just as any other father. The longer I am a father, especially being divorced - not seeing my children as often as I would like, I better understand how our Heavenly Father must feel about His children. Just like any other father, He wants the best for His children. He wants to bless our lives. Also like any other father, He wants His children to obey Him and do as He asks. As we keep His commandments, we please Him and He is more willing to give us those things of which we are in need. He wants us to someday return to Him to live forever. He gives us commandments to show us how to do that. Show more Show less