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Hi I'm Tom

I was born in California in 1944. I was a pretty good little league pitcher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a youth I was a serious student and a pretty good little-league pitcher. I was not an active member of my church until I moved to Arizona with my father and step-mother. After a year of college at Arizona State University, I was called to serve a church mission in Central America. After the mission, I studied at B.Y.U. and graduated with a BA in Spanish with a minor in English. I met my wife, Susan, at college. We have 6 children, three boys and three girls. I served as a school elementary principal for 20 twenty years. We took 4 for our children with us on a mission to Costa Rica in 1991-1994. Years later, my wife and I served a mission in the Dominican Republic. We are now preparing to serve a church mission in Santiago, Chile.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I was in college in Arizona, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and pray to see if it was the word of God like the Bible. One day as I was reading the Book of Mormon, I distinctly remember getting a strong feeling in my heart that the book was true and that I should serve a mission for my church. That was only the beginning of a great change in my life. Since then, all my life experiences have only served to enhance and strengthen my testimony of the gospel.

How I live my faith

Since returning from my full time mission in Central America, I have always participated consistently in church activities. These activities include home teaching (visiting other church members to see how they are doing and offering help with whatever they may need.) I have served in various leadership positions responsible for men's and boy's groups and as the Bishop of the entire congregation (something like a pastor in other churches.)

What is the priesthood?

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What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God just like the Bible. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the new world before and after the coming of Jesus Christ, whereas the Bible was written by prophets in the old world. Show more Show less