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Hi I'm John Thomson

I'm a Texan. I love music, basketball, history and I'm obsessed with politics. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

A few things about me, lets see... I was born in San Dimas, California, but moved with my parents to Texas where I currently live. I have a pretty good sized family. There is my dad, mom, me, four younger brothers and, of course, our dog. Its been awesome, and a little crazy at times, to grow up in a family of 7. It is amazing how much you can learn from those in your family, especially when family life is the center of life. Outside of spending time with my family, there is a ton of other stuff that I love to do. I love to play basketball (which is the GREATEST sport on earth). I also enjoy music. I play the guitar and I have an electric and an acoustic. The thing that I love about playing guitar is the way that I can sit down and play and just relax and let everything out through the sound of music. I am also an avid reader. I absolutely love to study and learn knew things. Right now my obsession is American History and politics. I believe that we can learn a ton from our past and avoid making the same mistakes in the future. There is just so much to learn though! The reason that I study though is that I hope to someday be able to make a difference with what I learn. I believe that that is one of the reasons that God placed us all here on earth, to learn to help others and in the process help ourselves. And of course, I'm Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

That is an awesome question! Before I explain how I know I would like to share two verses of scripture from the New Testament. The first is found in Matthew 16:16-17. In this verse Christ asks the Apostles who they think that he is, and Peter responded saying "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Here we learn that it is God the Father who reveals to man that Jesus is the Christ. And he does so in a specific way. In 1 Cor 12:3 we learn what that way is. Paul taught that "no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is how I know that Jesus is the Christ. I can feel it. The same way that I know that Jesus is the Christ is how I know that this church is His Church and the only true and living one upon the face of the earth. I learned this by reading the Book of Mormon. I have read that book many times, and each time I read it and pray about it, I receive the same answer from the Holy Ghost. I feel calm, peaceful, and a warmth inside me. I can feel that it is right. I feel the same way about the Bible. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has borne witness to me that it is true, and everyone else can have the chance to learn for themselves. All you must do is test it out and pray and ask God, and you will feel the truthfulness and rightness of it just as I have.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in everything that I do. I heard a quote recently that goes along the lines of "Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words." Isn't that awesome! I try my best to make sure every action I take demonstrates who I am and what I believe. One way that I do this is that I help to teach the little children in our church about Christ. I am a teacher on Sunday's for our congregation. It is one of the neatest experiences to help them learn and to see them grow. But I also learn so much from them. Another way in which I live my faith is by serving others. I recently returned from a two year mission in Atlanta, Georgia where I had the chance to serve others in both a spiritual and physical way. I sought to help teach others about Christ and how He can help them. But I also sought to provide service in the form of labor. Helping someone cut their grass, rake some leaves, unload a shopping cart full of groceries and so on. It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to serve. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe that we are in the service of God when we are serving others. And I try to do that in my everyday life.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

John Thomson
During His mortal ministry on earth, Christ taught that he came "not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me" (John 6:38). The one who sent him was the God the Father. In further explanation Christ taught that His Father's will, saying "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life" In order to help us to have everlasting life Christ sacrifice Himself for the sins of all mankind and made it possible for us to return to live in God's presence. In order to further aid us in our journey to return to God, Christ established His church and before his death, Resurrection, and Ascension into heaven Christ called the Twelve Apostles to lead the Church after he had Ascended into heaven. To these men Christ gave the power and authority, called the priesthood, to act in his name. This power allowed them to perform the ordinance of baptism, give the gift of the Holy Ghost, to teach the gospel, and to organize and administer Christ's church. Over time though, people rejected and killed the Apostles, and with the death of the Apostles this priesthood power and authority was lost, along with the church. Over time people began to change the doctrine of Christ and the built their own churches. In the early 1800's Christ and God began to restore their church to the earth. They appeared Joseph Smith and gave him the authority to reestablish it under their direction the restoration. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

John Thomson
The Book of Mormon is a record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent. It contains the writings of prophets of God who lived in the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a record of the dealings of God with this people and contains their prophecies, teachings, and testimonies of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon begins around 600 B.C. with a family that lives in Jerusalem. The father of this family is name Lehi, and he is a prophet of God. Around this time Lehi received a command from God to leave the city before it was destroyed. Lehi did was he was commanded and left Jerusalem with his family. They traveled through the wilderness until they reached the ocean and then sailed, with the guidance of God, to the American continent. Upon arriving here, they split into two groups, the Nephites and the Lamanites. The Nephites worshiped God and Christ and they are the ones that kept the record known as the Book of Mormon. The crowning event of the book is when Christ visits these people in the Americas shortly after His death and Resurrection. Unfortunately, after many years the Nephites fell into wickedness and were destroyed by the Lamanites. Before this occurred though a prophet/historian among the Nephites, named Mormon, abridged the records into a single book: The Book of Mormon. It was then hidden by is son Moroni. After thousands of years, Joseph Smith was led to the book by the power of God and then proceeded to translate it through the gift and power of God. Show more Show less