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Hi I'm Tom Jones

I am an archaeologist working in southwestern Arizona. I love golfing, hiking, and traveling and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been a member of the Church and come from a long line of pioneers. I'm an archaeologist and, because I served a mission in Paraguay, I speak just enough Spanish to get by. I have three children and I love to travel. My wife and I love to pick a random spot on the map and drive or fly there. Because I am an archaeologist, many of those travels include visits to nearby archaeological sites. My kids are known to roll their eyes at my obsession with the past. I have also published the journals of both of my grandmothers and find that I really enjoy connecting with them through their writings. I am an avid golfer and hiker, but I often struggle with my weight, which means I should probably be more avid.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church, but that doesn't mean I haven't had to struggle to find out about it's truthfulness. I remember that my parents always encouraged me to pray and read and study the scriptures to know if they were right for me. I always appreciated that encouragement. I was a stubborn child and I took their challenge very seriously. I remember them teaching me about the Holy Ghost and that he would talk to my soul and confirm if something was true. As a budding scientist, I decided to test that hypothesis. So I read Moroni 10:3-5 and I treated these scriptures as a hypothesis. If I did what it said, I would know through the Holy Ghost. Well, I did it and I got my answer. In a very real and emotional way, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I know it is a true book from my Heavenly Father that testifies of His Son, Jesus Christ. I cannot deny that I felt that in my heart. Now, as I have faced other challenges and doubts, I have questioned my faith on occasion, but I have always reflected on that testimony that I received from the Holy Ghost when I was just a young boy. If it was true then, it is true now. What a comfort to know that my Heavenly Father loved me enough as a young boy to allow me that glimpse of heaven. I have been blessed ever since. I know my Father lives and loves me.

How I live my faith

I've done a ton of stuff in the Church. My wife and I were activity planners for a while and we organized pool parties and barbecues. I have also been heavily involved in the Scouting program and I have enjoyed working with the youth. My favorite activities with the youth have been climbing a volcano, tubing down a mountain in the snow, and floating down the Colorado River in rafts that we tied together. I have also really enjoyed sharing my faith with those youths as we enjoyed these activities. Just slowing down enough to really share and talk and be a sounding board for them has uplifted me in so many ways.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Tom Jones
As a man, I can only speak about the Mormon women that I know, but, to me, they are about as diverse and interesting as any set of women anywhere. In my small circle of friends I know women who are doctors, lawyers, housewives, educators, athletes, activists, and everything in between. I am constantly amazed by their influence in my community as well as their influence in the lives of their family members. As a Mormon, I believe that my wife (herself a successful project manager for an investment firm) and I are equal partners in a wonderful partnership that I hope extends far beyond this mortal existence. Show more Show less