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Hi I'm Tom

I am retired and had a career as a clinical social worker providing counseling and adoption services. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 8 children with 5 boys and 3 girls. I have 23 grandchildren that I enjoy spending time with whenever I can. I have 2 masters degrees and am a licensed clinical social worker, I enjoy helping people with their efforts to adopt a child by doing home studies. I am currently doing volunteer work at the LDS Family Services Missionary Clinic providing pre-mission evaluations for young adults that want to go on a mission and need to have a mental health clearance. I enjoy being in the mountains; hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking and camping. I am true blue and an avid BYU fan and season ticket holder. I like to take my children and grandchildren to games. My wife and I served a served a mission providing humanitarian and proselyting services to the Nepali refugees in Minnesota. When I was younger, I also served a mission in Great Britain where my mother was born and later immigrated to the United States when she was 21. I consider myself somewhat of a handyman and enjoy doing projects around the house. I enjoy learning new things, especially on gospel related topics. Most recently I have been writing my personal history and that of my parents. I am also feeling the spirit of Elijah associated with doing family history research. I also enjoy reading and listening to historical works, including historical fiction and biographies. I enjoy the arts, especially selected classical pieces and music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the church and baptized when I was 8 years of age, I went through a conversion process of my own. For me, a testimony of the Gospel came the first month I was on my mission in England. I was on a double decker bus in Manchester, England one day when an overwhelming spirit came over me telling me that as a missionary, I had something special to offer the people around me. I knew that what i had to share was true and would bring unspeakable happiness to anyone that listened and accepted it. As I have become older, despite experiencing some challenges in my life, my testimony has become even stronger. I have seen the changes it brings about in people's lives. My children are great parents and loving partners because of their faith. All of them have received the Gift of the Holy Ghost which comes with being baptized and have been guided in all aspects of their lives; choice of spouse, education, getting a career, raising righteous children, overcoming challenges, etc. This world is a challenging place to be. However, the Gospel helps us understand the reasons for trials and hardships. The Savior is real and alive!. Through his atoning sacrifice, He died and was resurrected providing us also with the priceless gift of resurrection and based on our worthiness, eternal life. He has provided us with living prophets that guide us with inspired temporal and spiritual light in a darkened world. I testify that Joseph Smith is the prophet of these last days commissioned to restore His Gospel. The Savior wants everyone to live with Him someday. He is an inclusive Father who invites all men everywhere to repent of their sins, learn what His commandments are and partake of His plan of happiness. His goal is for all His children to return to live with him some day. I know that this life is not an accident, but a purposeful journey that can lead to joy and happiness. I encourage the reader to ask, and seek then the truth will be given unto you.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in several callings on a ward and stake level. A ward is similar to a parish and a stake is like a dioceses in other faiths. In the LDS Church, callings are voluntary service roles that members accept in building up the Kingdom of God here on earth. They are not campaigned for nor applied for. As a revelatory church, we believe that God has restored the gift of revelation as it existed in ancient times and as such a priesthood leader is entitled to receive divine guidance in organizing his congregation. Callings can range from 20+ hours per week administering and ministering to a congregation of members to the time required in working with youth as a scout leader, teacher, young men, young woman advisor, adult women or adult men organization, etc. Currently I teach the 15 year olds in Sunday School. I love scouting and being an Eagle Scout and Wood-badge graduate myself, I love working with young men. My wife and I have encouraged our children to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ which means they are committed to keeping His commandments and living a Christian life with a focus on serving others. My service extends to visiting 2-3 families each month to give them a gospel message and attend to their needs. My faith teaches that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is meant for all of God's children past, present and future. That means helping provide certain sacred ordinances that must be done for those that have died and that they need in order to progress in the next life. My service includes doing genealogy and finding out who my ancestors are. My faith also teaches that the human body is sacred and must be properly cared for in order to receive certain spiritual and temporal blessings in mortality. I live by God's law of health called the Word of Wisdom where among other things I refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol. I live by God's law of morality including the law of chastity and being honest in my dealings with others.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Tom
The Church of Jesus Christ is not just a Sunday go-to-Church religion. It is a way of life which means it touches all aspects of our existence here on earth including our temporal needs. Church welfare has both formal and informal features. The formal features includes institutional programs and projects to bless the lives of those in need; member and non-members alike. Welfare storehouses located at key locations around the world have ready at a moments notice pallets of food, clothing, emergency supplies, etc. to be distributed anywhere in the world they are needed. You will find that following an earthquake, tornado, tsunami, flood, hurricane, etc. the LDS Church will be among the first responders. Informal features of the welfare program is the commitment of individual members consistent with the Savior's commandment to "Love your neighbor as your self" to give of their substance and support to neighbors, the community and others around them in need. It includes each individual's honest effort to become self sufficient and work for what they get. Therefore being frugal, setting aside a years supply of food, etc., getting a good education with marketable employment skills is a basic welfare emphasis of the church. Show more Show less