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Hi I'm Thomas

I'm a husband, father, beatboxer, and grad student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At various points in my life, I have been a beatboxer, bassoonist, saxophonist, bass, and pianist. I jumped at almost any musical opportunity (or mathematical—I loved math). But as time pushed on, a more important focus has become increasingly important to me: what is the good life, why are we all so blind to it, and how do we help each other change? As a husband, father, priesthood leader, and graduate student, I am seeking the answer to this question. (But that doesn't mean you won't hear me whistling or beatboxing along the way.)

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 years old, I was given a choice whether to be baptized. I knew that becoming this age meant I was beginning to be accountable for my actions and thoughts, which was a scary prospect. I joined the church at that point because I knew that being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost would give me additional strength, protection, and guidance throughout life that I would need. And I was right—the next several years brought emotional, physical, and psychological trials that I could not have foreseen. At 20 years old, I volunteered to be a missionary and was called to serve in an Eastern state in the U.S. I worked hard as a missionary and loved the people I served. During this time, I experienced frequent anxieties related to existential, ontological, and relational worries that I just could not resolve. Before my assigned 2-year mission was half over, I collapsed under the weight of these anxieties and came home early a broken man. My vague, confusing, and anxious feelings, like I had almost no grasp on what was real, made almost every facet of life terrifying to me. After some medication, lots of therapy, getting married, a degree in psychology, and almost constant prayer, 5 years later I am a new man. I am free from medication and anxiety, and I have seen every single prayer answered—in ways that made me grateful even for my great trials. The Lord knew that a very difficult youth and mission would be just what I needed to learn that He really is there, He really does listen, and He really will help me grow and find lasting joy. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is truly Christ's church, with His truth, power, authority, and guidance. How blessed I am!

How I live my faith

I was recently called to be a priesthood leader, acting as a liaison between the regional leader and the leaders of a congregation near to my own. I meet bi-weekly with the regional leadership council to discuss spiritual and administrative matters pertaining to our multi-congregational region. Then I have the privilege of working with the leadership of one congregation to minister to their member's spiritual needs and inspire faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In these efforts, my greatest supporters are the Lord, my wife, and the leadership I get to work with. I gain strength as I exercise faith in the Lord through prayer, scripture study, and service, and as I fulfill my role as husband and father.