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Hi I'm Elder Thomas

I am currently serving as a missionary for my church. I'm an Eagle Scout, an athlete, and love to learn. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I am being trained to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will soon be sent to Ecuador to teach the Gospel to the people who live there. I am learning Spanish, and hope to improve my speaking skills quickly with the Lord's help. For the next two years, I will be serving the Lord, and leaving all of my personal affairs behind. This is a great sacrifice, but I know that I am doing what the Lord wants me to do. Basketball is my favorite sport to play, and I can't get enough of it. I have a family of eight, with 5 sisters, and three of them are married. I have one niece and one nephew. I have a dog as well, who is fun to play with. I love to learn new things. Every day, I do whatever I can to extend my knowledge of all things. I love doing good, wholesome activities, and helping others to do the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, so that is what got me first into the Gospel. Many people think that most people stick to the religion of their parents, and while I do follow the same religion as mine, the choice for me to be a member of this Church was mine, and mine alone. I love the Book of Mormon and the peace it brings when I read it. I know that it is a book that Joseph Smith, the first latter-day prophet, translated through the power of God. This Church offers countless opportunities to serve my fellow brothers and sisters, and I love being able to help them. Through the church, I can enjoy special blessings that can only be obtained through God's temples. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings me a happiness that few other things can bring to me. The Gosple of Jesus Christ brings me more happiness than anything in my life. Because of the things I have learned from the Church, I know that I can be with my family forever, and I know that I can return to live with God again.

How I live my faith

As stated earlier, I have dedicated the next two years of my life to serving the Lord. After I am trained to be a missionary, I will go to Ecuador to teach the people about Christ and to serve them in any way that I can. I spend all day studying the scriptures and Spanish, and will do so for the next nine weeks. When I finish my formal training, I will continue to study Christ´s teachings so that I can better explain them to others. I live what I believe to the best of my ability. I try to follow Christ's example as much as I can when it comes to living my faith. I serve others. I support people as they go through trials. I listen to and heed the words of Christ and the words of His prophets. I do all that I can to show that I am a true disciple of Christ.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Elder Thomas
My father is a doctor, and for five years he also served as a Bishop of our congregation. He was extremely busy during these years, as he basically had two jobs to do. Despite his busy schedule, he never got any money for his service in the Church. Service is one of the best things we can do for anyone. It brings us closer to Christ, and also humbles people. Nothing bad will every come from serving others. By having our clergy be service-based, it provides leaders a chance to show their true love to fellow man and to God. Another reason I like to bring up when asked this question is that Christ was the perfect teacher, and He never was paid any money for what He did. If He didn't get paid for being a perfect clergyman, then why should we, as imperfect clergymen, be paid for what we do? I love the fact that our church doesn't have paid clergy, as it provides away for us to truly show that we care for the betterment of others, and not for the money brought in. Show more Show less