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Hi I'm TJ

I'm an optimist, my heart pumps pure passion, I don't need drugs cause I'm high on life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think to sum me up I have a love for life, and living it to the fullest! I went to an early college high school and was able to graduate with my AS Degree. During High School I was pulled into working on the school paper and I found that I have a passion for photography, writing editorials, and journalism. I play 2 instruments, piano and guitar. I'm a football player. You know where to find me on Thanksgiving. (which happens to be my favorite holiday. well... its a close call with the 4th of July) I enjoy a daily dose of "Calvin and Hobbes". I'm a licensed scuba diver, and I love the underwater world. I'm an outdoorsman. I like hiking, days at the lake, photographing nature, finding a new view, vista, peak, waterfall, sunset, and natural wonders this world has to offer. I'm the oldest of five. I have an awesome family! Above all, I love taking time to appreciate life around me!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church, but it took me along time to really appreciate what I had. During high school I came to a point in my life where I felt as though I had no direction. A year after I graduated I finally figured out what was missing in my life. It was the Book of Mormon! As I read, I felt a greater desire to do good, to help others, and I was happier. God was always there, but before I wasn't reaching out to him. Now I feel like I let God into my life everyday. I love being a Mormon because through what I read, hear, do, and feel I know God loves me.

How I live my faith

I try each and every day to be an example of Christ. I strive to love and serve others, and give of my self freely. I read the scriptures daily to learn what God would have me do. I pray to Heavenly Father all the time, and it's been such a comfort to me. I try everyday to be better than I was yesterday. I help those that are struggling in life in what ever way I can, and that gives me great joy. I was asked by my church leaders attend and help plan an activity for a group of young singles ages 18-30 most Mondays. I try to help them have an enjoyable experience and feel loved and wanted. We call it our Family Home Evening (FHE) Group. And I love it! it's so much fun! It brings me a lot of joy to know that I am helping other have an enjoyable experience at the same time. "Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." (3 Nephi 5:13)

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement was the ultimate expression of love from our Savior, Jesus Christ and God as well. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Christ suffered for all of our sins so that we could be forgiven of our sins, and gave his life so that we could live again. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Simply put, Mormons believe that; shortly after the time of Christ's mortal ministry, and the death of the apostles, the full gospel of Jesus Christ was lost. The power to act in God's name (Priesthood authority) was then taken from the earth. Through a modern day prophet, (A man chosen by God to lead his people) God has restored (brought back in its entirety) Christ's original church to the Earth once again. Along with the Church; original truths about The Plan of Happiness (God's plan for us in this life) have been restored, and that through faith in Jesus the Christ, repentance, and making and keeping eternal covenants (Promises with God that are un-ending) such as baptism we can return to live with our families in Heaven. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Our faith is to be in Jesus Christ. He is our Savior and Redeemer. As a missionary in the New York Utica Mission I have been able to testify of this very thing that we as members of this church, are followers of Christ, and do as he has asked and "follow him." There is no other way to heaven than in and through Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

So, Being a member of the church for over 20 years I can honestly say, Mormons like to have fun. We love to enjoy life. We believe in being happy, and cheerful, even in the trails and hard times of our life. This might be one of the hardest things to do in this life yet I often hear people say "I've never met a Mormon who wasn't always smiling." Our happiness comes from a source so much better than what the world has to offer. better than, amusement parks, and luxurious vacations, money, fame, lots of toys, nice cars, and big houses. Our happiness comes from "hope in a better world... even a place on the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith..." (Ether 12:4) The bigger picture has given me such happiness. I can hope for the future, but at the same time I can more fully appreciate the moment of time I'm in; knowing that this is completely unique time of my life and the things I learn here are going to carry with me in the eternities. Not to say that fast cars and vacations are bad. I'll be the first to admit that I would love to go to Hawaii, ride my favorite roller coaster, or take a Lamborghini Reventon for a ride. But knowing truths like, God loves me, and my family is going to be with me forever, has put those things in perspective, and helped me realize that the 4 things that I live each day for are: my relationship with God, My Family, Others, and My Self. As I proiritize my life in that order I feel the peace and love I want to obtain in this life. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is to have believe, but It's more than just a passive belief; it's a belief that leads to action. For instance, I can believe that push-ups will help me to get stronger, but I don't faith in that principle until I do the push-ups. And I won't know it's a true principle until I've tried it and tested it. Once I have proven it to be true I 'know', I have no doubt. If I never had the faith to try, I never would have known, and never would have gained the strength. it is the same with the things of God. "dispute not because ye see not, for ye recieve no witness until after the trail of your faith." (Ether 12:6) As we 'excersize our faith' and grow it through acting on what God has invited us to do we gain in more faith; thus: "Faith is a gift of God [given] as a reward for personal righteousness..."- Bruce R. McConkie. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Well I'm not Married, but my faith has definitely built my family, and friend relationships. So I would like to start with my family... In the Ten Commandments the Lord commanded "thou shalt remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy" and I recently realized what a blessing that has been. Between; School, Work, Gymnastics, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Golf Lessons, Cheer Practice, Basketball, Football, and Baseball Games, Sleep-overs, Birthday parties, Youth Group, Church meetings (Firesides, Council meetings, Interviews, Activities, PEC, and others) and a slew of other events. We were always a busy family. In my early teens (14) my parents started up a restaurant, which turned into 3 restaurants; all of which were over 45 minutes away from home. which meant from about 7-7 M-F they were gone. Sometimes longer than that. Then Saturday was always a busy work/play day and there wasn't much family time. But the Sabbath day was always hallowed, or set apart, so that we could worship and grow in unity and love. I am so grateful now (even if I wasn't at the time) for that time each Sunday I had to be with my family. As for my friends I've found that seminary, temple attendance, and wholesome activities have kept me on the right path throughout my life. Positive peer pressure was one of the greatest influences for good during my early years. Their belief in me gave me the strength to live up to what I can be and made me who I am today. I am forever grateful for what they did for me. Show more Show less