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Hi I'm Thomas

I'm an extrovert. I'm a friend. I like computers and performing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy all performing arts, but my greatest interests and talents are within music and theatre. I wish I had the guts to make a career of it, but I'm probably not the best of the best within that vocation. For my job, I serve students through tech support at a local university, and I think I'm going to do well with computers. For many things, I seem to think the same way Steve Jobs would, which is why I am studying computer science starting in 2014. My dream job, or dream "future", would be to launch a computer software enterprise that fills in the market gaps that Microsoft and Apple have somewhat neglected. Then, once I have a self-sustaining business and approach retirement, I would like to take up music again (or novel-writing; who knows) full-time, so I can finally express the creative ideas that have been boiling in my head since age ten.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church, and as far as the outside world can tell, I have lived a pretty typical Mormon life. But honestly? I would not be a member of this church if I did not deeply want it on a personal, intellectual, and spiritual level. As far as I have been able to tell through study and meditation, as well as all kinds of secular philosophy and analysis that I tend to think about, this church is founded on the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. An interesting product of my faith is that, although I don't know the answers to every question, I know that there ARE answers to every question. Life has depth; life has meaning; life exists because of a divine and transcendentally-intelligent design. There exists a Grand Architect of the universe, and He is that same Creator and Father of our lives. I know these things in ways that I can't adequately summarize, especially not over text. I wish that I could see the people who read this, because I would say it all out loud and show you how my life has become so ALIVE.

How I live my faith

I have three primary callings within my local church ward, which is comprised almost entirely of young adults going to college, like me. My first and most proud calling is that of a "home teacher". As a home teacher, I coordinate with another home teacher in my ward — my companion in the calling — and together, we plan to meet with a small list of fellow church members at least once a month, outside of Sunday meetings. We usually visit them in their own homes at their invitation where we catch up as friends and share some of our faith, worries, and hope with each other. Hence, we are called to "home teach". My second calling is that of a ward missionary. In this calling, I work with a team of other missionaries within my church to spread the message of Christ's doctrine, and then invite our friends and the community at large to visit our services and experience His life-changing gospel. We also are officially responsible for the care and prayer over our new members in the ward, especially those who have been recently baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Don't worry, though. We aren't just "assigned" to care about them; we actually really do love them.) My third and final calling is a co-chair position for Monday night activities, which have been a standing tradition in all Mormon homes since about the 70s. We call it "family home evening", but for single Mormons who often live without their family, we still practice it as if we were each other's family for these college years. Even though it takes up more time in our student schedules, family home evening (or "FHE") is generally a much-appreciated relief from our schoolwork and internships.