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Hi I'm Tom Winings

I'm a convert to the Church, being baptized March 10, 1973. It was the single most important decision I have ever made in my life.

About Me

My wife and I were blessed with four children - a daughter and three boys. I am recently retired, having run my own business training medical marketers. I grew up on a dairy-grain farm near a small rural town in Illinois. I enjoyed playing sports in high school, as well as being quite involved in scouting. I have college degrees in communications and marketing. I served in the U.S. Army, including two years in Berlin. During my first job in California, I learned about the Mormons. I knew nothing about them until I was about 25 or 26 years old when I was invited to take the discussions. I found the doctrines and beliefs seemed to fit perfectly with what I personally believed, although those beliefs had not crystallized into a solid faith. I grew up in a church-going family and never missed attending church on Sunday. As a student in college, I began to think more deeply about God and religion, as well as during my years in the Army. I was wondering what life was really all about. In short, the Mormon faith, with its doctrines and beliefs, answered all my questions. I was baptized in 1973. That decision was, and still is, the most important decision of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

After listening to the missionaries, I realized I had found my "home" with respect to religion in my life. It has been a very rewarding and enriching journey. I have never looked back nor had regrets since the day of my baptism. My knowledge of the Savior and his Gospel continues to provide growth and happiness in all aspects of my life today. In the church, for the first time in my searching, I found answers to the fundamental questions of life - Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? As I studied the church's four standard works - The Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price - it was as though a flood of light was coming into my soul. These scriptures comprise what could be called, quite literally, "The Handbook of the Lord" which, if followed, one may live an abundant and fulfilling life of happiness and joy. Of course, there are many challenges in life - some very troubling - but knowing and understanding the purpose of life, the "why" of challenges, the eternal perspective of where we've come from and where we're going - this inspired knowledge makes it all worthwhile. This is why I am a Mormon - and why I am so happy and grateful I stumbled onto the church so many years ago. I am a Mormon because the truths I have been taught make the pathway bright in returning to live with Heavenly Father and his Beloved Son for all eternity. And joy of joys, if we all continue faithful, my wife and our children and their families will return to live with us as well - truly a "Forever Family." I am a Mormon because of the embodiment of truth found nowhere else on the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides insight and knowledge and blessings that the world simply cannot give.

How I live my faith

I have served in several different "callings" or church assignments since being baptized. I have been a teacher in Sunday School, worked with young men and young women, and served as bishop, as well as serving in various administrative callings. What I enjoy most about serving in the church are the many opportunities to help others.