Hi I'm TJ Smith
I love music and have played the French Horn since I was 10. I also love to play basketball and to read. I grew up in the LDS church and have loved being a member. Throughout high school I was in marching band and played in every band and orchestra I could get into. After High School, I attended college studying French Horn performance for one year. I then decided to serve a mission in the church for two years to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After my mission, I returned to college and am now continuing my education to become a professional musician.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the LDS church, so I got a lot of exposure to it as a kid. When I was about fourteen, I decided that I wanted to know if what my parents had taught me as a child was true, so I read the whole Book of Mormon for the first time, prayed about it, and discovered for myself that it was true. The answer didn't come at once, but it did come as I applied the teachings and witnessed the blessings. When I saw how much Jesus Christ's church had helped others in their lives, I knew that I wanted that for myself. I then devoted my life to being happy by following the teachings of the church and trying to be the best person I could possibly be. I know that this church is true and that it's teachings can bring anyone and everyone closer to our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Knowing the Plan of Happiness that our Heavenly Father has created for us has brought a lot of peace and comfort to my life. Because of this plan, I know why I am here, and know where I am going after this life. It gives me a goal or something to shoot for and brings purpose to my life. I know that by knowing this plan, I can improve all aspects of my life here on Earth and have peace about what will happen in the life to come. I love this plan, and I know that our Heavenly Father has created it so that we can return to Him with our families and have happiness with them forever.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Although many of Christ's teachings have really influenced my life, I think that His example of having charity and love for all men has influenced me the most. As I have strived to develop these two attributes in my own life, I have seen myself become a better person and a better follower of Jesus Christ. While I do not have nearly the love for everyone that Christ had, I am positive that working on developing charity and love has made others happier and brought unparalleled joy into my life as well.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by striving to emulate and follow the example of Jesus Christ and by following the teachings of the church. Many of my friends are not of my faith, so I try to show everyone the happiness that this church has brought me. I also decided to serve a two-year full time mission teaching others in Nebraska about Jesus Christ and this church. Living the teachings of this church is not always the easiest thing, but the blessings I have recieved far outway any struggles I have had.