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Hi I'm Tom

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was an Ordinance Worker in the Jordan River Temple for the last 6 1/2 years. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a dad with a beautiful wife, six children and seven grandchildren. My hobbies include shooting pistols, rifles and shot guns at the shooting range and out door plinking. I love rugby and soccer (I only watch, I am too old to play!) I also love spending time with our children and grand-children. I love going to the Temple with my wife, our children and our grand-children, and some very special friends that we met in the temple. I retired from full-time employment last year. I have been an Ordinance Worker for 6 1/2 years and will serve a full-time mission at the Nauvoo Temple later on this year.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to go on a mission when I was 18 1/2 years old. It took me so long because until then I had always relied on my parent's testimonies. They talked me into going on a young adult activity that I wasn't really all that interested in and it turned in to one of the best activities in my life. President Smith, from the Los Angeles Temple, was there and spoke to us Friday evening. He told of an event that had happened to him several years previously when he his son was 3 or 4 years old. His son had a horny toad that he kept as a pet. One afternoon his son came to crying that his horny toad was dead and he asked his daddy to give his pet a priesthood blessing so that it would live again. President Smith said he had examined the horny toad to make sure that it really was dead and it was. He tried to explain that priesthood blessings were not usually given to dead pets but his son insisted that he give the horny toad a blessing. President Smith finally relented and gave the toad a blessing and placed him back in the shoe-box that that was his home. After tucking his son into bed that evening he then retired to his own bedroom to try to figure out what he would tell his son the next morning when the horny toad was still dead. The next morning the little boy came running into his parents bedroom yelling that his horny toad was alive! Again, daddy examined the toad and it was indeed alive. His child's faith had proven stronger than his own doubts and he testified again of the truthfulness of the Gospel and the power of the Priesthood. This led me to to leave the activity early and go back to the room that all the guys were sleeping that evening. There I knelt in prayer and finally found out for myself that I had heard the truth that evening and I had been taught the truth by my parents my whole life. God lives! He loves each and every one us individually! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is his Kingdom on Earth.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am an Assistant Stake Clerk - Finance, and have been serving in that position for several years. It is a lot easier to do now that I am retired. I have been a Ward Finance Clerk twice in the past. I served in scouting in various positions for almost twenty years. I have served in Ward Young Men's Presidencies in all the positions and loved every minute of it! I am a returned missionary having faithfully served in the Gulf States Mission.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tom
Missions are voluntary and missionaries are not paid for their service. Church member consider a privilege to serve a mission. Show more Show less

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

Tom
There is nothing secret going on in Mormon Temples. Only baptized member who are qualified and prepared are allowed to enter a temple. While there we learn eternal truths, receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity and join children to parents (See Malachi 4:4-6). The Temple also provides ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 15:29 and 1 Peter 4:6) Show more Show less