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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a student of hospitality, management, and psychology. I'm an English teacher. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate in hospitality management with a postgraduate diploma in psychology. Later this year I will begin studying for a masters degree in occupational psychology. In the mean time, I am teaching English, volunteering at local food banks and other community-based charitable projects, and working on my City and Guilds teaching qualification. I have continued informal studies in psychology, management, and leadership, and have an interest in classical Chinese, English, and French literature. When I'm not working, nose deep in a book, or stuck to a screen studying I can usually be found cycling or running barefoot in the Peak District.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the church, I always assumed that the Bible stories and teachings were true. I didn't question it, but neither did I understand it. Throughout my teens I more-or-less did as I was told, although my parents may dispute that. I knew God existed, but I was yet to build a meaningful relationship with Him. As a result, I was maybe not quite as good as I should have been. Often I found myself going through the motions. Sometimes reluctantly. As I got older I realised I needed to build that relationship. My personal conversion was not a question of *if* God was there, but *why* God was there. I knew He existed, but I didn't really *know*. If that makes sense. As I studied and prayed, I began to understand how important God was. I began to know not only what Jesus did, but also who He was. Over the years, this relationship has become stronger. Through continued study, I *know* that God lives. I know that He loves me, and wants me to be happy. I know that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to pay for my mistakes. I know this because it has been taught and recorded by ancient prophets, and continues to be taught by prophets today. I know these men to be prophets of God because I have read their writings and heard their words. I have asked my Father in Heaven to verify them, and I have proved them in practice. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ can be found in its entirety in this church, and this can bring me peace in this world, and joy in the life to come.

How I live my faith

In my local congregation, or ward, I serve as secretary to the bishop and his councillors. A primarily administrative role, this still allows me to council with local leaders and discuss the ways in which we can better serve our fellow members. I also spend time each week visiting those who may be lonely or in need of assistance. At a broader, city-wide level, I have been assigned to work with the young adults and students attending the two universities in my city. This involves planning activities, teaching lessons, and befriending newcomers. Over recent years I have been responsible for other programmes within my local church, including different teaching assignments, working with the youth, and instructing and serving different groups. I was also privileged to be able to serve a mission in the west of France and Paris area. Being a "Mormon" to me is not just about the work and worship I do within the confines of the church buildings, however, and does not just extend to the serving of others of my faith. I have had the chance to volunteer with several different charities, including the YMCA, RBL, Trussell Trust, and other more local organisations. For me, following the example of Christ is more than just trying to secure my own salvation. In reaching out to my community and those in need, I'm able to practice what I preach, and learn how to better love my neighbour. I am fortunate to be in a position to be able to work with these organisations, both within the church and externally, and to see the difference I can make in the lives of others. In each of these situations, my goal is to help others to grow and progress. In appropriate situations, I can extend my Saviour's invitation to come follow Him. At other times, my role is to help with more pressing, physiological needs.