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Hi I'm Tom

I love to ride my bike... okay, bikes, I have several. I am finishing my doctorate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five! I love hanging out with my wife and children. Five sounds like a lot, but the last two are twins, and when you start having multiples, it goes up fast. I love to ride a bicyle. I ride both the road and the mountains. I am working on a doctorate right now. I love just about every sport and my kids participate in sports all the time. My wife even played college basketball, and now she always coaches our children in volleyball, cross country and soon, basketball. I graduated from BYU and so we root for the Cougars every chance we get.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where my parents are Mormon, so some of my earliest memories are wrapped up in the church. I remember with fondness singing as hard as I could as a six year old in church with my family. We really were not good singers, but for some reason we were asked to sing! I remember hearing my dad tell his story of growing up Catholic but coming across a beautiful young woman that introduced him to the Mormon church. He would always stress how he did not want her to even know he was looking into the church, because he did not want her to think she had anything to do with it. I loved hearing how that same young woman decided that she was having too strong of feelings for this man, only to find out, on the night she was going to "break up" with him that he was getting baptized the next morning. That woman is now my mom, and my dad and mom have been married for 39 year, and have nine children and 23 grandkids! My dad always has said, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes men. It makes bad men good, and good men great. I have found in my live that I am more like Christ as I strive to live His commandments. I have also found that I am way happier when I keep His commandments. Honestly, I am a Mormon because I know it brings happiness into my life.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my faith. I am the Bishop, or head priest/pastor, of our local congregation. As the Bishop I am a volunteer and do not get paid for the work I do for the church. I love that our church does not have a paid clergy. It makes it so that there is a certain authenticy to what we do. We are not in it for any other reason than the desire to help people out and try to live as Christ would live. Being a Bishop sometimes requires long hours. I visit with those in need; I visit those struggling financially or spiritually.