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Hi I'm Tom Mead

I'm a 4th Generation Californian. I speak Mandarin Chinese and I have two Master's Degrees. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of 4 children. I have one sister and two brothers. I grew up in Southern California. In addition to California, I have lived in Texas, Arizona, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Arkansas. I love to travel and have been to various places in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Tonga, Singapore, China, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. My favorite place has been China. I absolutely loved climbing the Great Wall of China just outside of Beijing. I have been married for 14 wonderful years and I have 3 great children. My wife and I struggled with infertility and our first son is adopted and we did in-vitro in Europe for our other two children. We are truly blessed with the best kids in the world! When I was younger, I loved to play soccer and as an adult I have dabbled in running (I ran my first and only marathon in 2004) and cycling. I love studying Chinese. I love exploring new places with my family, especially if the beach is involved!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that God has restored all of His truth and authority back to the earth through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. I have a great desire to learn. I love reading the Old and New Testaments and believe that I am a better person because of the knowledge that I have gained through reading the Scriptures. I also believe that God has revealed more scripture to His children, through the Book of Mormon, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ. I know that by reading the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, I have a better understanding of what God wants me to know. I believe that God wants all of His children to be happy and has given us tools, like the Holy Scriptures, to help us obtain that happiness. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have helped me to be one of the happiest people I know! I had a teacher in High School who used to ask me why I was so happy, and I can honestly say that it is because I have chosen to follow Christ and live His principles as outlined in the Scriptures and through living Prophets.

How I live my faith

I have been a Mormon my entire life and have been involved in the Church different ways. As a youth, I was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout when I was 17. I served as a volunteer missionary for my church for 2 years in Houston, Texas where I learned Mandarin Chinese. I spent my entire 2 years with one congregation of the Church and grew to love the Chinese people during this time. I also developed a passion for teaching during this time. I taught people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and loved working with people who didn't have a basic understanding of God when we first met, but then developed a relationship with our Heavenly Father through the course of time together. When my wife and I moved to Tonga, I was very lucky to be able to start the first Boy Scouts group up on our island. It was great to teach the young men in the area about what it meant to be a good, outstanding citizen and contributor to their community. I have worked with younger children in our Church Primary Program (children under 12 years old). I love teaching young people and sharing in their passion. I currently serve in my local congregation as a counselor to our Bishop, or Ecclesiastical leader. I love the opportunity I have to help wherever I possibly can. I have had people help shape my life throughout my life and I hope that I can return the favor in some small way.

What is being a Mormon like?

Tom Mead
For me, being a Mormon is equal with being happy. Some people think that rules take freedom away, but I believe that the principles of Jesus Christ and of His Church, have helped me become free. I believe that a main purpose of life is to be happy and that God wants all of his children to be happy. We are happiest when we are living good, clean lives, and helping other people. Show more Show less