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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a high school Physics teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have four children, who are amazing (no bias here!). I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy literature. As a Physics teacher I have had the opportunity to work with other Physics teachers at my school, district, and state. I was one of a few Physics teachers selected to write the Utah Physics Core Curriculum that has been used in Utah high schools for the past ten years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. Reading the scriptures and praying is an integral part of my life. I have had spiritual experiences in my life in which I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me. I know that Jesus Christ lives and He is our Savior. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that we are blessed to have a living prophet today--Thomas S. Monson. I am grateful to know that God loves His children. The Book of Mormon is an inspired book of scripture. The lessons I learn each time I read it have improved my life.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the first counselor in the stake presidency. Our stake is made up of nine wards, including a Spanish-speaking ward and a Portuguese-speaking ward. As a member of the stake presidency I help provide training and guidance to church leaders in local wards. I visit local wards each week, and provide help and support. I also oversee stake baptisms each month. I work with stake auxiliary leaders, who provide additional support to ward leaders. I serve in Scouting as an Assistant District Commissioner, and lead a monthly meeting for scout leaders serving in the nine wards of our stake. I represent our stake on a committee that coordinates the programs of the BSA with those of our church. I served as a bishop for nearly five years. Being called as bishop was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. As bishop I have the opportunity to visit with members of my ward to help them through difficult challenges. I work with the leaders of various organizations in the ward to make sure the ward functions smoothly. I have the opportunity to teach the youth frequently. I have been involved in Scouting for a number of years. I served as a Scoutmaster, Chartered Organization Representative (COR), Scout Committee Advancement Chair, Unit Commissioner, and Executive Officer.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mormons believe that the temple is one of the most sacred places on the Earth. Many people wonder why only worthy members of the Church are able to enter. Personal worthiness demonstrates to the Lord a willingness to be a humble follower of Jesus Christ. It prepares one to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Someone who lives a live of obedience to the commandments and follows Jesus Christ is prepared to understand the eternal truths taught in the temple. There is nothing "secret" about what goes on in a temple; only the "sacred." Jesus himself taught in parables. Those who were spiritually attuned received personal revelation and insight about deeper meaning than those who were not. Some people just heard a story. Others found deep spiritual meaning in His words. The temple is similar. As we live our lives to be close to the Savior, our hearts are more attuned to understand things of deep spiritual significance. Show more Show less