Hi I'm Tom
I am a student studying Instrumental Music Education. I love music. It has always been a part of me. I plan on continuing my education and become a music teacher. I enjoy being able to help someone grow in something and see them make something out of it. I enjoy anything outdoors, including camping, watersports, motorsports, or anything fun with my friends and family. I am the youngest in my family, and I love them very much. I love mechanics and working with my hands. I have a strong belief in self providence and being able to rely on yourself. I served a mission in New Mexico, and that was truely an amazing and life changing experience. I hope one day to have a family of my own and to be a good and capable father. I like to learn to do new things. Life would be so bland if we didn't have the ability to learn. It is an amazing feeling and experience to learn and grow, or progress, in other words.
Why I am a Mormon
Even though I was raised in this faith, my own personal testimony started when my next oldest sibling died in a go-cart accident when I was very young. The faith that my parents had, knowing that we would be together again for all time and eternity, built a strong foundation for me to discover God's plan for all of us. Preparing for and serving on my mission strengthen and ensured my faith in Jesus Christ and His Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ can help anyone and everyone. Nobody is excluded. I understand how people can feel like God hates them or doesn't want them to be happy when a family member or friend dies. I know those feelings, we all feel those feelings and thoughts when something like that happens. I know that God does love us. I know that death is just the next step in His plan for us. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be together forever. I know I have felt His Spirit in my life and I know that this is the way He wants me to go. I know I will see my brother again. I know that with all of my heart.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Without it, what is there? Nothing. I went through a time where I thought that all there was after this was nothing. The feeling of when I thought that I came from nothing, and I was going to go back to nothing was a horrible feeling. It really worried me. You ask questions like, who is going to remember me? what am I working towards? whats the point? It didn't feel right, and it surely didn't sound fair. Now I know that we are children of our Heavenly Father, and that we have the path to return and live with Him. The feeling of knowing this brings so much joy and peace to me. There is more than this life, and Heavenly Father has given us the road map to it all.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
With the death of my older brother, the Gospel has held my family together. Through the Gospel, I know, and my family knows, that we will all be together again with my brother for all time and eternity. The gospel teaches that families can be sealed together in the Temple. It is through Jesus Christ that we can be together forever. Now I know I just have to live my part. If my family and I fallow what the Lord asks us to do, that promise of an eternal family will come true one day.
How I live my faith
I believe that music can bring us close to God, kind of like prayer does. I know He delights in the songs of the heart. Though I am not able to serve the Lord full time like I was able to on my mission, I am glad I can still touch people's hearts with God's messages through music. Sometimes, music is the only way we can convey our thoughts, our feelings, and our testimony of Jesus Christ when words just don't do justice. I regularily attend church and fulfill my callings to serve others.