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Hi I'm Thomas Young

I grew up in Houston and San Antonio, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a full-time missionary, and I love it! Of course, this isn't all I do. Before I came on my mission, I attended BYU Provo for a year studying Mechanical Engineering. I also enjoy painting, sculpting, reading, writing, singing a good bass line, and fixing things by taking them apart.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church with a very large family: 10 kids. I loved them all, even if I couldn't remember all of their birthdays. So for a long time, it wasn't a question of going to church for me; I simply went because my family was. When I grew older, however, my siblings started moving away. Church soon became a much more personal activity for me, rather than a requirement. Still, I didn't fully understand what I was taught at the time. Sure, I listened, but it simply went in one ear and out the other. It wasn't until I went off to BYU that I really started to think about what I was doing. For the first time in my life, nobody was telling me to go to church. I was in charge of my decisions for once. I still went to church, but I began missing weeks. Sleeping in, sheer laziness, and just not really feeling like it were the main reasons. Then I began to question if God was really there. I was doing poorly in classes, and I blamed God for not helping me. I didn't even think to attribute my failure to my lack of effort; I simply wanted to have fun and still do good. But one night, after a particularly trying week, I felt very humbled. In fact, I felt completely worthless. I realized what I had been doing, and remembered what my mom had always taught me: pray. In the past, I didn't believe much in prayer. I didn't realize what a sincere prayer could do. So I knelt down, for one final plea. I began to ask, to beg to know if God was even there. But as tears ran down my face, I received an answer: "You already know." I had been taught about Christ my whole life, had teachings hammered into me time and time again. I had seen the effects of His love all throughout my life, and I had never truly and sincerely thanked Him or acknowledged Him. Through Christ, I experienced the "mighty change of heart" talked of often in the scriptures. I gained the true testimony I had so often yearned for.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a full-time mission in western Nevada, and loving it! I know that I've been called by God to be here, not by any random or arbitrary decision. I am precisely where I need to be right now to serve the Lord and His children to my fullest capacity.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Thomas Young
Do Catholics worship Peter? No. We worship Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith, as a prophet, was incredibly instrumental in bringing back Christ's gospel; but he was a man, just as you or I am. Show more Show less

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

Thomas Young
Yes. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Thomas Young
Take a look at the Church's name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We're not the "Mormon Church," we're not the "Church of Joseph Smith," we're not any of that. We are, at the very core, a church centered around Christ. Show more Show less