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Hi I'm Tom

I am a studying musician, outdoor sports enthusiast, a redhead, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student studying Instrumental Music Education. I love music. It has always been a part of me. I plan on continuing my education and become a music teacher. I enjoy being able to help someone grow in something and see them make something out of it. I enjoy anything outdoors, including camping, watersports, motorsports, or anything fun with my friends and family. I am the youngest in my family, and I love them very much. I love mechanics and working with my hands. I have a strong belief in self providence and being able to rely on yourself. I served a mission in New Mexico, and that was truely an amazing and life changing experience. I hope one day to have a family of my own and to be a good and capable father. I like to learn to do new things. Life would be so bland if we didn't have the ability to learn. It is an amazing feeling and experience to learn and grow, or progress, in other words. 

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in this faith, my own personal testimony started when my next oldest sibling died in a go-cart accident when I was very young. The faith that my parents had, knowing that we would be together again for all time and eternity, built a strong foundation for me to discover God's plan for all of us. Preparing for and serving on my mission strengthen and ensured my faith in Jesus Christ and His Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ can help anyone and everyone. Nobody is excluded. I understand how people can feel like God hates them or doesn't want them to be happy when a family member or friend dies. I know those feelings, we all feel those feelings and thoughts when something like that happens. I know that God does love us. I know that death is just the next step in His plan for us. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be together forever. I know I have felt His Spirit in my life and I know that this is the way He wants me to go. I know I will see my brother again. I know that with all of my heart. 

How I live my faith

I believe that music can bring us close to God, kind of like prayer does. I know He delights in the songs of the heart. Though I am not able to serve the Lord full time like I was able to on my mission, I am glad I can still touch people's hearts with God's messages through music. Sometimes, music is the only way we can convey our thoughts, our feelings, and our testimony of Jesus Christ when words just don't do justice. I regularily attend church and fulfill my callings to serve others. 

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tom
Young men are encouraged to serve a mission. They are never forced though. It is a time where they grow more than maybe any other time in their life. Young women also can serve, and can do so if they desire. Older married couples that have all the kids moved out, and all their past debt taken care of, are encouraged as well to serve in the work. Nobody is required, but the blessings of doing so are guarenteed. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Tom
 The Church was started by Jesus Christ Himself during His Ministry at the maridian of time. Through the prophet Joseph Smith, Christ rebuilt His church and gave His Authority to His servants once again. Joseph Smith was foreordained and called as a prophet, and his calling was to be the mouthpiece of God and to bring back the fullness of His gospel.   Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Tom
This is a question you ask till you are in a situation where it could be useful to you! Then you know perfectly well! Being prepared for hard times can be one of the best types of insurance you can get yourself. In that day of need, when you are prepared and are able to help others, the relief it brings a feeling that you can't describe. Being self reliant saves you time, money, and a big headache a lot of the times. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tom
God has the ability to do all things, He really could support His church if He wanted to. We are given this commandment so that we can show our faith and test the promised blessings that come with paying our tithes. Tithing builds temples, church buildings, and supports missionary work. Tithing is a commandment of obedience, and as we fallow it under our own free will, the blessings of heaven are poured out upon us. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Tom
Baptism is essential to be able to achieve salvation and exhaltation. We know that the Savior was baptized by one holding the authority to do so. Baptism is a covenant or two way promise with our Heavenly Father. We promise to fallow His teachings and to be examples and disciples of Christ, and as we do so he promises to bless us with knowledge, joy, and other blessings. Baptism is only a beginning, it is the beginning of our new life. We believe that baptism must be done by proper authority, present in the restored Church of Jesus Christ, to be fully valid to God. Without it, we are cheating ourselves of possible blessings. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tom
Some of my favorite verses of scripture come from the Holy Bible. The Sermon on the Mount is very special in particular to me. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are devinely meant to be together, to strengthen our faith in Christ and to help us to find peace, comfort, and knowledge in all of life's demands.  Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Tom
Having served a mission myself, I know that what the missionaries teach when they visit with you is the most important message you will ever hear and be able to take part of in your whole life. It is the message of eternal families and eternal happiness. They have two purposes 1- invite you to fallow Christ and His doctrine, and 2- to help you on your own personal path back to our Heavenly Father. They are blessed with the authority and calling to assist you, even though they might be young. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tom
The Webster Dictionary defines a 'cult' as a group of people or "religion that is regarded as unorthodox". We believe strongly in our faith and it really is a part of our lives. We believe in seeking everything that is good, righteous, lovely, worthy, and praiseworthy in God's eyes. If you fallow the tradition of what most people say and think a 'cult' is, then you wont find that here. We believe in Jesus Christ, we worship Christ, and He is the center of everything we do. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tom
The Book of Mormon contains the teachings and history of the people who lived on the American continent. The Book of Mormon contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as does the Holy Bible. These two volumes of scripture testify to us that Jesus Christ is our Savior. They testify that our Heavenly Father and His Son love us. One of the greatest events that took place in the history of the Book of Mormon was when Jesus Christ visited these people. It was after His crucifixion and Resurrection, and the time he spent with His Apostles in the Holy Land. He showed the people the prints from the nails in His hands and feet. Christ taught them the Gospel, called twelve Apostles, and instructed them on the sacrament. This record was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and by the power of God, Joseph translated the Book of Mormon from the language which they were in, even though he only had a third grade education. In the last book of this record, we are given a promise "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Moroni 104-5 Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Tom
The nickname 'Mormon' comes from a volume of Scripture known as the Book of Mormon. Many different prophets for hundreds of years recorded revelations and the history of their people on the North American Continent. The title of the Book of Mormon came from a Prophet/historian named Mormon, who took these records covering such a vast space of time, and condensed them into one record. Mormon's son Moroni was the person who finished this record and buried it. 1400 years later, the Prophet Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God. The record was abridged in a modified form of Egyptian by Mormon. Our name comes from Mormon, and the work and sacrafice that he gave to give us such a wonderful history. His work also gives us such important teachings from prophets called by God, who taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ. We teach of Him. We bear His name. I would suggest reading the Book of Mormon to understand all the history, and Gospel truths it contains. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Tom
I know with all of my heart that Jesus Christ came and taught the people who lived in the American continent. I know that the people heard His voice and listened to His teachings. I know they saw and felt the nail prints in His hands. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world. I know that this occurance testifies of that truth. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Tom
Though the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches how we should treat our fellow man, and gives us proper standards which we should live, both individually and as a community, the Church does not endorse political candidates, parties, or groups. Show more Show less