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Why “Mormon”?

It’s a nickname, really. While Mormon was an ancient prophet here in the western hemisphere whom we love and respect, and for whom our Book of Mormon is named, it’s a nickname that we don’t really use anymore. We prefer “member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” even though it takes a few seconds longer to say. This longer name reinforces the fact that we’re Christian and keeps clear who leads the church.

Have you seen The Book of Mormon musical?

No, thanks. It makes a mockery of things I hold sacred.

Is there a prophet today? Yes.

Learn about Russell M. Nelson here.

Links

A favorite sermon:

If we hold the belief that God will shield us from tribulation because of our obedience and then adversity strikes, we may be tempted to accuse God of not hearing our prayers or, worse, that He doesn’t honor His promises. Obedience to God is not insurance against pain and sadness. Some unpleasant things just come with this telestial turf. Challenges have always been included in God’s great plan to test our faith, to stimulate in us growth, humility, and compassion. Heartache and struggle were divinely designed to stretch us to where we have nowhere else to turn but to God.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe in the infinite potential of people, both in this life and beyond, especially as it relates to marriage and family.

I married my beautiful and people-loving wife Adriane in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1999 for time and all eternity, and now have four amazing daughters, and I look forward to marriage and family relationships continuing beyond the grave, not “til death do you part.” Just before dying, President Andrew Jackson said, about his wife Rachel Donelson, “Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there,” and I couldn’t agree more. This link is great for the purpose of the family.

Missionary

Tom the missionary in Pozzuoli, Italy, 1995

I completed two years of mission work in central Italy from 1994-1996, working in soup kitchens, on farms, assisting those with special needs, teaching English classes, hanging around with African street vendors, and proselytizing, along with a lot of sunburns and sight-seeing. There aren’t enough appropriate words to describe those two years and what they mean to me.

Northwest Arkansas

I belong to the Fayetteville First Ward, of the Springdale Arkansas Stake. There are several of these regional stakes in Northwest Arkansas, and I presently serve on the high council of the stake and enjoy my time in service with the other men of the council. My wife is in the regional stake women’s organization leadership (Relief Society) and my daughters all attend the youth programs.

Temples

Temples are where we perform many sacred ordinances, such as our marriage sealing ceremonies and assistive work for our ancestors. We’re ecstatic to be getting a temple in Bentonville, AR, after many years of hoping and praying. More videos about our temples here.

Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

One of my wife Adriane Parry Hapgood’s many “claims to fame” is that her great-great-great-great-grandfather John Parry started and was the first director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Bentonville Arkansas temple, coming soon.

The first rendering of the Bentonville Arkansas temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The first rendering of the Bentonville Arkansas temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A trip to the Island of Capri during my mission and my photojournalism life.

A trip to the Island of Capri during my mission and my photojournalism life. Best two years!

A trip to the Island of Capri during my mission and my photojournalism life. Best two years!

Mesa Arizona Temple where Adriane and I were married

The Mesa Arizona Temple where Adriane and I were married in '99

The Mesa Arizona Temple where Adriane and I were married in '99

My daughter teaching English to new friends.

My daughter teaching English in the front yard to new Swahili-speaking friends

My daughter teaching English in the front yard to new Swahili-speaking friends

The beautiful Tucson temple

The beautiful Tucson temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The beautiful Tucson temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City Temple from above

Salt Lake City Temple from high above, an important place to me

Salt Lake City Temple from high above, an important place to me

A visit to Pompeii during mission work in 1996

Visiting Pompeii during mission work in Italy in the mid-1990s

Visiting Pompeii during mission work in Italy in the mid-1990s

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performance wrapping up.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performance wrapping up.

In Pozzuoli, Italy, during mission trip

In Pozzuoli (Napoli), Italy, as a missionary in 1995, a site of Paul's ancient passing.

In Pozzuoli (Napoli), Italy, as a missionary in 1995, a site of Paul's ancient passing.