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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a family man, Civil Engineer, sci-fi and board game enthusiast, all around geeky guy, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Planner for the government and i really wait to go back to school to get a graduate degree in Civil Engineering. I would definitely be classified as a nerd and geek, because I love learning but on top of that I enjoy almost all things geeky. I love to talk about math, physics, science in general, board games, and all my other geeky passions. When I can I will play board games with friends or family. I spend most of my time, outside of work, with my wonderful family. I have a wide and two kids that to me are just amazing. We enjoy our adventures in Mobile and are constantly learning, growing, and having fun together. We don't live near either of our families so we always look forward to family coming to visit. My family is the thing that brings me the most joy in life and I couldn't imagine my life without it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was taught the teachings of the church for my whole growing up life. I always felt it was true and good but didn't discover it with certainty until I was in high school. While in high school I read the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible on my own to learn better what was in them. As I was reading I noticed that Holy Bible and Book of Mormon repeatedly mention asking God to find truth. I later was reading at the end of the Book of Mormon a promise made in Moroni about finding out the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and I decided to try it. So, I knelt on my knees that night before going to sleep for the night and only did one thing. I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true and his inspired word. I remember the answer as I the things I had felt were true in my mind began to feel true starting with the fact that the Book of Mormon was his word as well as the Bible. After knowing the Book of Mormon was true I knew that everything else must be true as well.

How I live my faith

I like many male members served a mission when I was 19 and went to Brazil for two years to serve the people and the Lord. I taught about Christ and his individual love for each of them. It was a period where I served others and learned that Christ's gospel is centered in love. This was the first major thing I ever did to live my faith, but it was just the beginning of serving the Lord. I currently serve by making sure that the gospel is taught in a clear way that the Holy Spirit can testify of its truthfulness. I am still learning along side the teachers and students, which is what I love about the Lord's way. Also I visit some members of the church to make sure that both their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. However, the most important way that I live my faith is with my family. I know that God loves families and that he has given me mine. Just by teaching my children to be good people and working with my wife on everything in our lives we are living our faith. We are equal partners in the family and we help and rely on each other to keep things moving and happy in our home. Also by taking care my children and wife, I am demonstrating my faith that even though things won't be perfect I will be helped to achieve it everyday. This even includes working hard for my employer so that I can take care of them. I also live my faith at work by working hard for my employer so that I am giving an honest days labor for the money I am paid.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Tom
The short answer is no. The better answer is that not only do they not endorse a political party but members of the church are from all different political parties and vote for all different candidates. I know that in just my congregation (ward) there are members of at least three different political parties. Also, all my family are members but in the last few elections I think we have voted for five or six different candidates for president. So the church teaches us to be active in political, governmental, and community affairs, but they don't dictate how. Show more Show less