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Hi I'm Benjamin Thomas

I'm a Musician. I'm a Student. I'm Called of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a classical musician, majoring in Music Education. I sing and play the violin. I love to read, fiction and nonfiction, and I try to learn something new everyday. I'm currently serving a mission for the Church. I know that the sacrifices I make will bless me, my family, and my friends. I know things happen for a reason. Life's an adventure, and I don't want to miss a thing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but everyone has to be converted at some point. For me, there was a specific point when I realized that the only thing that will make me happy is living the way God has told me to. I want to be the friend my friends deserve, the brother and son my family deserves, and the husband and father my future family deserves. The more I learn and the more I have the opportunity to serve, the better life is. I can't let a chance like this go by!

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for the church. I serve in Missouri and Southern Illinois. I am called by God through a prophet to learn spanish and invite others to come to Christ. I've had many opportunites in my life to share the gospel and my testimony, especially through music, and I know that testimonies can be shared in everything that you do. I'm just trying to lift where I stand and touch what lives I can for good.

What is the priesthood?

Benjamin Thomas
The priesthood is the permission or the authorization to do things in God's name. God has all power and knowledge, and he wants us to learn and grow and gain as much knowledge and power to act as we can. What's the best way to learn something? To do it! So God tells us through his scriptures and a prophet "This is how I do things, this is how I would act." If we do things in the way he would, we have his authority or his priesthood. One of the qualities of God is that he is a God of order. He doesn't make decisions "Because I'm God, and I say so". He does things wisely and consistently. So the way God gives you his authority is through someone who all ready has it. When you have the priesthood, you are given greater responsibility to serve and help others, as well as greater capacity to serve. Holders of the priesthood can give blessings of healing and comfort, perform ordinances like baptism, and help others receive the blessings that God wants all of us to have. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Benjamin Thomas
Life is awesome. There are constant opportunities to learn and grow and experience. We can improve ourselves and help others, loving and being loved. But this isn't something finite, confined to this life. Our families and friends can be ours forever, we keep learning, we keep growing, we don't stop. There is never a moment when we can say "I have arrived". Eternal life is eternal progression. Life is awesome. Forever. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Benjamin Thomas
Faith requires three things 1. Belief in something that is not immediately apparent. We do that all the time. We can't see the wind, but we can see the effects of it. We know that a ball will fall to the ground because it always has before. We can drive at high speeds in opposing traffic because we know (or have faith?) that the cars in the other lane won't go over the line. 2. Action. Faith isn't passive. It always leads to an action. The scriptures speak of prophets having faith to move mountains, or people having faith to repent. You don't often read about someone just "having faith". 3. The belief mentioned earlier must be based on correct principles. The example of the cars in opposing traffic cannot be actual faith, because you don't know that no one will go over the lines. Your behavior there is based off of an acceptance of risk. But when you learn about god and receive a confirmation from the Holy Ghost that the principles you've learned are true, your faith builds until you reach the point where your faith turns into a perfect knowledge. I don't know anyone personally that's reached that perfect knowledge. But we're promised that it is possible. If we do what is right and experiment upon the word of God, we can grow in our own faith. For some beautiful thoughts on faith, read Alma 32. The first part talks about humility, which everyone needs more of. Then it talks about the nature of faith, and how we can increase it. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Benjamin Thomas
Two of the most important reasons that we are here on earth are to gain a physical body and to learn how to control it. Our Father in Heaven loves us. He knows what we need, and he gives us guidance. The Word of Wisdom was given as a token of our Father's love and as a protection against things that would harm us. Command and encouragement are given to eat healthily and use wisely the resources that we are given. It's pretty basic: eat fruits and veggies, eat meat in moderation, etc. We are also told to stay away from certain things: Alcohol, Tobacco, Illegal Drugs, and Coffee and Tea. (Yes, we can drink soda!) A common misconception, even among members of the church, is that anything with caffeine is discouraged, mainly because it is present in both coffee and tea. That isn't true. We don't know all the reasons why we are asked to avoid certain things. We do know, and we are learning, that just like a parent with a small child, God knows what's "Yummy", "Icky", and "Medicine". A common question for many is "Why is it that the Word of Wisdom doesn't talk about overeating, or eating disorders, or exercise, etc..." It is because the Word of Wisdom was never meant to be a comprehensive health code. It is token of our Father's love and a warning against "evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men." (Doctrine & Covenants 89:4 lds.org/scriptures). Living the Word of Wisdom will bless you greatly. See Doctrine & Covenants 89:18-21 Show more Show less