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Hi I'm Tom

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

My name is Tom, Thomas, Millan, but not Tommy! I was born and raised till 14 in England and moved to Minnesota for my Dad's job. I have never liked being told how to do things so I spend my efforts teaching myself, and due to that I am a man of many half talents. I love drawing/doodling, playing piano, playing pretty much any sport, and working with electronics. I am goofy to say the least and I will never be too old to not have fun.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because my parents took the time to find out if it was true and were both converted. Therefore, I was born into the church. But the reason I still go 21 years later is because I have been blessed with many opportunities to find out for myself. I first gained a testimony of prayer at about the age of 12. But when we moved to Minnesota I cut myself off spiritually until I went to EFY, Especially For Youth, at 14. Which was where I had some of the most amazing experiences of my life. There have been few times where I have felt the Spirit that strong since. Sadly, even though I came to know that the church was true there I didn't live according to my knowledge. Things like daily scripture study, daily prayer, and going to church to learn and not to sleep, didn't happen for a while. Years later the time to go on a mission was creeping up on me and my parents, especially my Mum, was really pushing for me to go. But like I said earlier in my "About Me" I am not one to be told what to do... so I fought it. I was dating an amazing girl named Katie Jo who, after a few years of dating, decided that she wanted to learn more about our beliefs. I was able to be a part of her lessons with the missionaries and was able to be a part of her baptism also. That was a huge part of my decision to go on a mission because I was able to feel that familiar Spirit testifying to me that what she was doing was right. After that I started listening to people telling me about the importance of a mission and came to my own conclusion that it was the right thing to do. Now I can confirm that it was the right thing to do. I learned how to turn to my Heavenly Father at all times, how to rely on my Savior through all challenges. I've learned how to study my scriptures and search and FIND answers to my questions in them. The words of living prophets speak TO me, and I am able to be strengthened through them. Going to church is no longer a burden but a chance to be spiritually uplifted, to be cleansed from my sins, and to have my faith strengthened through others. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth once more in its fulness and I am blessed to have it in my life.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith through trying my best to live up to each promise I have made to my Father in Heaven. At baptism we make a promise to lift one anothers burdens, mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort, lift the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees. That is what i try and do. I have a hard time expressing my love for people, but I do my best to show it in the way I treat them. I study from the scriptures on a daily basis for many reasons, one of which is because I am promised that as I do so I will have the Spirit - which is neccessary in doing any form the Lords work. As I strive to live the Commandments I can become a tool in the Lords hands and a beacon for those that desire to find "the light" of Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tom
 Grace is the power in which Christ "fills in" what we lack. This applies in many different aspects of our lives. Grace, however, does not take away our responsibility. In all situations involving grace we must do something, hence why it "fills in" rather than "take the place of". The most well known one is sin. This is where Christ can forgive sin and wash us clean from the consequences thereof. In this situation we must come with a broken heart humility and a contrite spirit a desire to change. As we do our part He makes it possible to over come and be forgiven. Grace is the power of Christ enstilled in us and we rely on Him. Some daily situations may include a single mother with 2 jobs and 4 kids to take care of. If the mother was to sit at home and not try and look after her children how could she possibly receive any help from God. However, as the mother tries her best in the seemingly impossible task she is able to accomplish it. How? Through the grace of God. Everyone on this earth has the chance to receive Grace in their lives, and therefore the blessings of peace and hope that come with it. There is nothing that we cannot do with the help of our Savior. Show more Show less