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Hi I'm Thomas Edwin Hall

I grew up in Bryan, Texas. I love exploring with my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy studying about people. I believe this passion results from my deep desire to understand others, how they feel, think, and why they make the choices they make. As a community health student I find little nuggets of understanding that I collect and store for future reference. This is not an anthropological approach but a human and spiritual mission to really understand how to serve and love others. I spend my free time away from my class studies exploring the Utah landscape. I love to hike to remote arches and land bridges, explore hidden swim holes, and discover new country roads. As my wife and I explore, I think about the nuggets of understanding I've collected and try to assemble them and attempt to envision how to reflect them in the way I interact with everyone around me. Most recently, on a university trip to Guatemala City, Guatemala, I had the opportunity to make prosthetics for amputees. While at the clinic we worked from I noticed an older lady would walk by every morning before noon and again every evening. The second day, of our two week stay, I walked with her and held her hand. She talked to me about her grand kids, her life, and her faith in God. I listened. I thanked her. I gained new nuggets of understanding.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was sixteen, I gave a Book of Mormon to a friend. Two or three weeks later he handed it back to me and said it was not true. In the middle of his lengthy explanation about everything that was false about the book, I committed to reading it all the way through for myself. Until then, I had read parts and passages in seminary and at home with my parents and siblings. On that day, I decided I had to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was indeed, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I spent the rest of the semester searching the pages of the Book of Mormon and silently praying for answers about doctrines that were unclear to me. I cross referenced with the bible and searched my soul for what I believed. During that time, I learned why God sent his son to die for me. I learned about the healing of a broken heart and contrite spirit. But, most importantly, I learned that God loves me infinitely. When I finished reading the Book of Mormon, it was late at night, I got on my knees and I asked with a sincere heart to know if the Book was true. After that day, I committed to serve an LDS mission. In 2001, I was privileged to be called to the Merida, Mexico mission where I continued to learn about the love of God for his children and the eternal plan he has made for us to receive his love into our own hearts. I am grateful for my savior Jesus Christ and his love for me. It seals my heart and propels my efforts to understand and love everyone I meet. In short, I'm a Mormon because the Book of Mormon changed my heart and taught me how to love.

How I live my faith

Most of my time in the church has been spent teaching youth. Currently, I work with young men 16-18 years old. We garden for older ladies in our ward, rake leaves, haul out debris and clutter from their yards, and talk extensively about gratitude and building Christ-like character.

What is being a Mormon like?

Thomas Edwin Hall
The Book of Mormon begins, "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents,..." That is how I feel about what the church has given me. I remember when I was really young and my father was getting his Master's degree, my parents took on a paper route to help support our tiny clan. They kept that paper route, getting up early every morning, for 25 years. Each of my siblings and I took turns each morning to help roll the newspapers and stuff them in tiny clear plastic sacks. Then we would toss them up to the front seat where my dad would throw them out the window to the different homes on the route. I recall my father listening to the Book of Mormon on cassette as he would throw the newspapers. From those early morning news paper days I learned to understand the importance of faith, family, and God. For me, being a Mormon is exactly that: faith, family, and God. Faith means, striving to keep the commandments in an untamed world. Family means, honoring your parents and creating a peaceful home where all opinions and thoughts can be expressed openly and without contention. And God means, that He is at the center of all we do. I love it! Show more Show less