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Hi I'm Thomas M. Robins

My name is Tom Robins and I'm a proud Mormon. A life-long member, but only active for the past few years.

About Me

I am a life-long member of the LDS Church. I was born in Salina, a rural community in southern Utah. I jokingly tell my grandchildren that during my youth I could choose whichever church I desired, so long as it was the First or Second Ward. My Mormon roots run deep. Some of my ancestors were among the first to be converted to Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by missionaries in England and Denmark. These brave and faithful souls left the comfort and support of family and community to join many others on a perilous journey that would see them cross the Atlantic ocean and then walk, pulling and pushing handcarts, the 1,000 plus miles across the American continent to their destination in the Salt Lake Valley.

Why I am a Mormon

At the conclusion of a grandson's mission in Paraguay, my wife and I accompanied our daughter and husband to escort our missionary home. During that visit, we had the opportunity to attend a transfer meeting in which the missionaries gathered to receive new assignments. For the first time in many years I felt the spirit of the Lord so strongly I was moved to tears. Fast forward another year, and I am up early reading the Book of Mormon. (I promised some family member I would do so.) I had read to 3 Nephi (that's a lot of chapters) and had felt absolutely nothing. On this particular morning, I humbled myself in prayer to the Lord and asked to be told if this work was true. I came to 3 Nephi 9:20-22 which states in part, "And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him I will baptize with the Holy Ghost..." Never have I read words that had such a profound impact on my intellect and my soul! As I read these words, I found myself weeping bitter tears and uttering over and over again, "It's true! It's true!" I don't know how long I lay on the floor in front of my chair weeping, sobbing, painfully recalling my many sins while at the same time feeling within my heart a joy I had never felt before!! I repented then and there! I knew in that instant that the Church to which I had belonged and successfully ignored for a lifetime was TRUE! The Holy Ghost had provided a spiritual and physical response to the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In that moment I knew with all my heart and soul that Jesus is the Christ our Savior and Redeemer. I knew then that He was mindful of me, that he heard and answered my prayer, that he had work for me to do and I felt a strong desire to associate myself with the Church. Shortly after this marvelous experience, I met with the Bishop who graciously and warmly welcomed me back to the fold. Today, I am a very, very happy man!

How I live my faith

The truth is, I never lived my faith. At one point, after the Navy, I worked hard and became worthy to be ordained an Elder. My wife and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple. Shortly after that were four years at BYU (with our first four children) followed by 32 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at high schools in California. As our family grew, and we added child #5, I fell almost completely away from the Church and it's teachings. I became what is known as a "member in name only." Our youngest son was called to serve a mission and I supported him. One by one, our daughters got married in the temple, I supported them, our grandsons began to serve missions, I supported them. Thing is, I never gave thought to the fact I had completely ignored what I knew deep inside to be true. Since coming back, I have found a joy I hadn't experienced for over 40 years! I find joy in attending the temple of our Lord and serving as a Ward Missionary in which capacity I am often given opportunity to testify of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those investigating the teachings of our Church. I find joy and fulfillment in studying the scriptures and fulfillment in offering daily prayers of thanksgiving to my Heavenly Father for his selfless sacrifice for me and for all mankind.