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Hi I'm Tom

I'm a Mormon. I enjoy martial arts, spending time with my family, and learning about the gospel.

About Me

I am a proud Latter-day Saint husband who is eternally devoted to his wife and children. Aside from God, they are my number one priority in life. I am also an honorable return missionary who served a mission in Brazil, Belo Horizonte Oeste, Minas Gerais and loved every minute of it. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Brazilian, Portuguese. A few years ago, I started my own Martial Arts business. I have been studying Martial Arts for 18 years now...and, I still love it. It is one of my life's passions. Currently, I am working for Grainger, a maintenance and repair supplier. My goal is to find another niche I love, start it as a business, and run it successfully with the Lord's help.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because the Lord Himself, through the Holy Ghost, told me to be. That is the finite reason. Through sincere prayer, I have come to know that Jesus Christ is the only way salvation can be attained. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only Church which possesses the Priesthood of God and the life saving ordinances that will lead me back to His presence. I am also a Mormon, because I know it is what will bring me Eternal happiness in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with an eye single to the glory of God. Everything I do, I TRY to do as the Lord would want me to. Although I fail at times, I never let that discourage me to the point that "quitting" even becomes an option. I press forward with steadfastness in Christ knowing that He can pull me through all things.

What is faith?

Tom
Faith is believing in something which is true, but can't be seen. Although faith isn't just believing, it is the basis for understanding what faith is. Faith is the willingness to submit oneself to God in all things. It is walking as He would walk; talking as He would talk; acting as He would act. Faith is not hoping for something to happen, and with enough will power somehow forcing it to come to pass. As Robert L. Millet has explained, "faith is not the power of positive thinking. Faith is not the personal resolve that enables us to will some difficult situation into existence. Faith is not always the capacity to turn tragedy into celebration. Faith is a principle of power, of God's power. We do not generate faith on our own, for it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). We do not act ourselves into faith, for faith is a gift of the Spirit, given by God to suit his purposes and bless the body of Christ, the Church." Therefore, faith is something which takes a lot of practice to achieve. And, with enough practice, we can attain a sufficient amount of it to allow ourselves to doubt no more. Show more Show less