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Hi I'm Thomas.

I grew up in Alberta, Canada. I was a Vancouver Olympic Host. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather and a dentist. I married my high school sweetheart after serving a two and a half year mission for our church in France and Switzerland. I completed two of my dregrees in Alberta after marrying my wife and completed my MBA in Vancouver after moving here. I enjoy the opportunity I have to be with my family and to watch them grow up and experience life. I have a great general dental practice with some wonderful patients. I recently had an opportunity to travel to the Philippines with other medical professionals to serve a two week medical/dental mission in a remote part of the country and provide some dental care to the less fortunate people there. It was a very rewarding time and I gained a great respect for the Philippine people. I also enjoyed serving as a "blue jacket" volunteer host at the recent Vancouver Olympics. I love our city and our beautiful country and it was a privilege sharing our area with the world. I have always loved traveling and seeing the world. My wife says I am an explorer. I enjoy biking, hiking, eating out, reading and being with my wife, children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Having the privilege of being raised by parents who were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was exposed to every aspect and program of the Church. As I grew older I had realized that I needed to know for myself if what I had been taught was really true. I considered the life I had been given and the direction that the principles of the Church gave me and I understood that these teachings and the examples of my parents and grandparents were what I wanted for myself and my family. I knew that I was a better person than I would have been if I had not had these truths. I also needed to have a spiritual witness and as I studied for myself the scriptures of the Church and prayed to my Heavenly Father to see if they were really true, I had several personal experiences that allowed me to know with a certainty that this was God's true and living gospel. As my life experiences unfold, I am grateful every day for the guidance and comfort that living the principles of the gospel affords me in coping with life's challenges and opportunities. As I worship the Lord and try to be more like Him, I feel his presence and influence in all aspects of my life. I know that Jesus Christ is the literal son of our Heavenly Father, that He lives and cares for us with a love that is beyond comprehension. I know that the Holy Ghost is real and that if we let him, he will have a significant role in guiding our thoughts and actions. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it represents God's word along with the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that he was called by our Heavenly Father to re-establish His Church and authority to the world in these challenging times.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to be called to serve in many capacities in the Church. One of the most cherished experiences that I've had was serving a two and a half year mission for the Church when I was 19 years old in the south eastern part of France and the french speaking part of Switzerland. What a privilege it was to learn the language and meet the wonderful people of that part of the world. I have worked with the youth on many occasions and have enjoyed being able to share my faith and experiences with them. I have been involved with many great people in organizing activities and events in the Church and in the community. I have been on two medical missions to help provide voluntary dental treatment to less fortunate individuals in Israel and the Philippines. Volunteering to help host the Vancouver Olympics was also an unforgettable experience. What I particularly enjoy is being able to see individuals make positive changes in their lives that bring them peace and joy. I have had the opportunity to work with the Church adoption agency in helping provide families for the children of unwed mothers so they would have a choice for their unborn children. I also have worked in addiction recovery programs to help those who have become slaves to destructive life styles. The Church and its teachings have given me an opportunity to be of service to my fellow man. This is one of the greatest blessings we can have in this life, to be of service and help to others and I am greatful for an organization that provides opportunities for such service. I look forward to continuing to have service opportunities and hopefully one will be serving a mission with my wife somewhere in this world where we can hopefully make a positive difference for others.