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Tommy Wilson was born and raised in Georgia. He now lives in Crestview, Florida, and serves as first counselor in the stake presidency. He has also served in the stake Young Men organization and as a bishop.
02:40 Introduction to Tommy Wilson. He shares about getting called to the stake presidency.
09:00 Tommy describes his area and the demographic of his stake
11:15 Advice to a new bishop
14:15 The personal weaknesses that come to the surface as a bishop. Things Tommy regrets.
21:15 Being vulnerable as a bishop and encouraging others to do the same
25:20 Tommy shares about losing his baby boy. The thing that helped him the most was finding a community that had gone through the same thing. The people around you have more in common with you than you think. Open up and talk to them.
29:15 Tommy’s invitation to his ward to open up and talk. You have to learn to be okay with uncomfortable topics.
32:00 Connecting with people on a deeper level. One on one.
40:40 Not taking yourself too seriously as a bishop
43:40 Tommy shares how he gained his testimony and the first time he felt like God loved him.
46:00 An experience Tommy had feeling the love of God for a man in his ward
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I love this man. He was my Bishop for 4 years and I moved to Utah. He was the most spiritual leader I ever had. I sure miss my Florida Ward
Thank you for sharing this interview! I grew up in the neighboring stake and listening to Tommy reminded me of all the humble and faithful members of the church in this area that I was so fortunate to grow up around. When my parents moved to NW Florida the closest temple was Mesa, AZ and I remember my mom telling me how excited everyone was when they built the Washington DC temple because they could drive there in a day (a LONG day of driving). We are all asked to make different sacrifices but I believe that our sacrifices help to purify us and serve as a testimony to those around us. Thanks again for this inspiring interview.