We were both born and raised in Alberta although Tom spent some early years in Rochester, MN. We met in 11th grade and became good friends despite attending rival schools. Sue became a high school teacher while Tom was on a mission in Paris France. Happily, our friendship grew into love. After a year-long engagement, with Sue teaching in Lethbridge and Tom finishing prerequisites in Edmonton, we married in the Cardston Temple just before Tom started medical school.
Tom did his residency at the Mayo Clinic in anesthesiology, eventually joining the faculty in 1982. While he worked in the hospitals, Sue worked with the children at home. We were both very involved in their activities: music, sports, drama, etc. We have a daughter and four sons, all talented and extraordinary people, and all returned missionaries. They have been some of our greatest teachers and live in Texas, California, Saudi Arabia, and Wisconsin. The four eldest are married and have given us 11 grandchildren.
We have served in many church callings: Tom as bishop and then 20 years in stake presidencies as counselor and president; Sue in early morning seminary and institute for 25 years as well as RS and Primary president, LDS Family Services and YW. The temples have always drawn us to participate as patrons and workers. We have developed a love of family history and have had some success in finding more family members. While raising our family in Rochester, we were gratified to see the church grow from one ward to five. In 2008 we were prompted to move to Jacksonville Florida where Tom was Chair of the Mayo Department of Anesthesiology and was called again to serve as stake president.
Over the years we have participated in several medical mission trips to St. Lucia and Guatemala and have been grateful to help those in desperate need. We love to travel and explore new cultures and places and meet new friends.
Our life together has been blessed by strong families, the love of God, and opportunities to learn and grow. We are excited to begin this new chapter of service together.