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Hi I'm TJ

I love my unique family, I am passionate about wheelchair basketball and helping other people using recreation, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest son of a single mom. I was born in Atlanta, GA, but I lived most of my life in the Charlotte area of North Carolina. I love my family and how living the gospel has strengthened our relationship. My parents divorced when I was 2 and I've had many challenges in my life. Through living the principles of the gospel, I have been able to rise above my circumstances and realize the potential that I have as a son of God. I'm working hard each day to become the person that God wants me to be. I love playing sports and doing things outdoors. I became an Eagle Scout. I attended college for a year before leaving on my mission. I love helping others receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like going to new places, meeting new people, and trying and doing new things. I enjoy learning new things everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt and seen the power of God manifested in my life and the lives of those around me. I've seen the change that Jesus Christ has made in mine and my family's lives. I have received many distinguishable answers through the Holy Ghost that God leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through living prophets and apostles. None of them are perfect, but they speak the words that they are inspired to give from our Father in heaven. I know that God is not only the almighty creator of the universe, but also my Father. I've felt His presence and love in my life in very powerful ways. I've read and prayed to know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I also know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet of God and, through him, the church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that The Church of Jesus Christ is His church with His authority. I also know that we have a prophet on the earth today named Thomas S. Monson. He is called of God and receives revelation from God to help us all prepare for the second coming of our Savior. I have seen that the more sincere I am and the more faith I have, the more powerful I feel the answers of my prayers.

How I live my faith

I am learning more each day how to recognize how Heavenly Father communicates to me through the Holy Ghost. In my professional life, I seek to help people improve their lives using recreation. In my family and personal lifeI have been able to become resilient in the adversity and challenges that I've faced in my life. Through the grace of Jesus Christ I've been given a new life and a new heart. Recreation enables me to help people of all faiths to experience change in a way that can be very spiritual in nature. My family has been broken many times in many ways, but as we have stayed close to Jesus Christ through prayer, scripture study, paying tithing, fasting, and church/temple worship, we have been able to strengthen our faith and become a resilient family. Christ enables us to reach our divine potential and not become victims of our circumstances. I have hope and faith through Christ that one day my future wife and children will be able to look to me as a worthy husband and father. I served as a missionary in the Michigan Detroit Mission. I love to see how God has prepared and is preparing people to receive the gospel. I'm not perfect at all, but I repent and try to do better each day to do the things that God wants me to do. I look for and try to recognize God's hand in my life everyday. It's amazing how many miracles we can see when we look.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is the best! Growing up in North Carolina, many of my friends had preconceived notions of what "Mormons" were that weren't very accurate, so when they found out that I was a Mormon they would ask me a lot of questions and I loved it! They often thought I had a lot of moms, lived in a village, couldn't watch TV, listen to music or have FUN. They were surprised when I told them that none of those things were true. I had the opportunity to teach them some of our values and beliefs as members of the church. It was fun when I could help my friends better understand what I believed and what I valued. I value my family a lot and, through living the gospel of Jesus Christ and keeping the commandments, my family and were able to have a great relationship and help each other become better people. Now, as a missionary, I am able to teach others about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them strengthen their family by strengthening their faith and helping them do things to strengthen their relationship with their Heavenly Father and their Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel happy when I live the gospel and live what I know to be true. It gives me greater direction because I know my potential and I know how I can become the best person that I can possibly be. Living the gospel alos gives me greater peace and strength to overcome adversity in my life. Through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, I can overcome any challenge or weaknesses that I may have. Show more Show less

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

Yes! In verse 3 of chapter one of Acts Luke writes that Jesus showed himself to the apostles alive by many “infallible proofs.” “Infallible proofs” comes from the Greek word tekmarion, which can also be translated into a sure sign, token, or proof. Luke often makes a big deal about Jesus’ resurrection. For the apostles to have had proof that it was truly Jesus Christ that was appearing to them, Jesus showed them the nail prints in His hands and feet. This also gives more meaning to the Old Testament scriptures when God says that He can’t forget Israel because they are always before Him. This really hit me. Jesus went through so much for me and all of us. He never will forget us, but how often and easily do we forget Him? As I reflected on this I had a strong desire to make changes in my life to put God first in my life. It can be really difficult to keep my priorities in check. God should always come first before anything. I want to make my relationship with God more of a priority in my life and make sure that nothing comes before that. The end of chapter 5 also made me realize how I need to change my thoughts. There have been times when I have gotten bitter because of some of the hardships that I’ve faced in my life. I want to follow Peter and John’s example of seeing that as something that they were privileged to go through. Jesus Christ went through so much for me, so why should I complain when He is willing to help me through any challenge that I’m going through. Show more Show less