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Hi I'm Thomas Curtis Colvin

I love my family. I'm an author, a storyteller, a film maker, a poet, and an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write. Very few things bring me greater joy than to create worlds and populate them with interesting characters that have to somehow navigate through my imagination. I love writing because it cannot be bound down by logic or reason; books are meant to be escapes and journeys for the mind. I also love making movies. Again movies are meant to be an escape; a chance for our minds to partake of images born from creativity. I have plans to change the worlds view on life. I feel it's time to show the world how wonderful the world actually is; if we allow it to be wonderful. I have a passion for art and photography as well. I suppose you could say that I appreciate the beauty of this world both seen and unseen. While the visual portion of our brains can be satisfied with movies, canvas or paper, and photographs I enjoy entertaining the minds eye. And even though I don't like it I'm a poet too. I've been called a soldier and a natural born leader. I've had many people inform me that I possess a wisdom beyond my years. I'm smart and incredibly clever. I attribute all my developed talents and characteristics to my wonderful parents. I would not be the man I am today without them. And of course my sister and two brothers aided in shaping my life. I love my parents and siblings deeply. To describe myself in just a few short words though I would say: I'm a storyteller, an author, a poet, a film maker, an artist, and potential YouTuber.

Why I am a Mormon

I've prayed and the Holy Spirit has testified to my soul that this is who I'm supposed to be; a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And I say why not? Reference the section below, what's wrong with being a "Mormon"? Nothing I can see. And I've studied quite extensively and thoroughly the doctrines and principles of the gospel and it all just makes sense. Also, I did things Thomas', and the world's, way for a long time and it just didn't make me happy. At least not truly happy. But now that I actually understand what this gospel and church, means, teaches, and offers...it's incredible and humbling. When I finally understood what this was all about it changed my life forever; I can never be the same now. I just have so many things to be grateful for because I'm a member of this church; blessings without number. I have a wonderful family, a perfect Savior and friend, and a truly awesome God. I cannot deny it; nor do I dare to.

How I live my faith

Well contrary to popular belief I haven't been brainwashed. And even if I have what a wonderful thing to be brainwashed in. I've met so many people who automatically don't like me because my church carries the nickname "Mormon". And I can't help but think to myself, "Huh, if only you knew." What is wrong with a church that not only teaches but lives the standards this church teaches? These standards include but are not limited to: We don't drink alcohol or smoke; medically proven that doing so is actually healthy. We also stay away from substances that are addictive. (Caffine is not forbidden but it is true that it can be addictive.) We don't have sexual relations before marriage; teen pregnency, ever heard of it? We listen to clean uplifting music. We keep our language clean. We go to church every Sunday to grow closer to God and renew convenants we've made with Him; in other words we actually keep the Sabbath Day holy. We dress modestly. We serve all the time. Seriously, if you need any help at all ask a member of this church, we will do all we can to help you out. We not only read but study the scriptures. And we pray every day at least twice. We believe in getting a good education...and you can do that without going to college. We shun pornographic material in all its many varying forms. We teach and raise our children with good moral standards; from the time children in this church are three years old they are being taught these standards and more. This is what I live.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
The Book of Mormon was written by several different men, Prophets, in the "New World", or in other words on the Amercian continent. Just like the Bible contains different books written by different Prophets and Apostles. If you've read my profile, it states that I want to be an author. And from a writers stand point there is no way a farm boy with a third grade education, Joseph Smith Jr., could have written a book so complex and intriguing as the Book of Mormon. It is my professional opinion that it would take a team of writers several years to flush out a world so rich and vibrant as the one the Book of Mormon contains. And even then that book would have been written by man and not by inspired men of God. And even if you read it not believing it to be the word of God it's still a darn good story. But I can testify that the Book of Mormon is God's word. Within its pages are contained the words of the most powerful awesome wonderful being in the universe! And it's so wonderful that God has given us two books, The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, to give us guidance and direction in this life where it seems so many people have or do lose their way. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
Through the grace of Jesus Christ we are saved. Often I've run into people who misquote, misuse, or misunderstand our views on grace. (Oft times quoting Ephesians 2: 8-9 to support their "correct" view while opposing James 2:17-18.) We whole-heartily believe the verses in Ephesians chapter two. Now, where the issue arises with James chapter two...I don't know why there's an issue. No where in those verses does it state that we are trying to replace the grace of Christ with our works. In fact Ephesians chapter two and James chapter two support each other. Ephesians points out the importance of having faith in the grace of Jesus Christ. James tells us how we show that faith; faith is an action word. We see then that Christ's grace is sufficient to save us. All that is required of us is that we have faith in Him and prove to Him, by our works, that we actually possess that faith we claim to have. And through our works we are also showing our gratitude for Christ's saving grace. [An example of faith being an action word: You're standing at the edge of a cliff and can see rocks at the bottom. There's a spot where you think you'd be safe to jump but aren't entirely sure. Christ appears, puts His arm around your shoulders and says, "Jump and you will not be harmed." Now, while we might possess the faith in Jesus Christ to jump, it does us nothing if we don't ever jump. And the only price we pay for the safety is obedience. Grace is free, faith is action, and that's what's up.] Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
Did anyone pay Jesus Christ for what He did? Did any of the Apostles, Peter, James, or John, get paid? It states in 1 Samuel 8: 3: "...but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgement." Also in 1 Peter 5: 2 is states: "Feed the flock of God which is among you...not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre..." Lucre means, 'monetary reward or gain; money'. Clearly it states, in both the Old and New Testament, that a teacher, pastor, preacher, bishop, priest, or prophet should not teach/spread the word of God for money. It says that in the Bible! Now, since our church is organized exactly after the church Jesus Christ set up during His ministry, it would only be logical then that we would run it the same way it was ran in the New Testament. A good cross-reference to 1 Peter is John 10: 12-13. An hireling is only watching over the flock for money. And Peter tells us don't do that. The Bible makes it very clear... Preach not for that filthy lucre. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
The original idea, in my opinion, came from one person, or group of people, trying to direct others away from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. So they, or he/she, assigned the church a word that carried /carries with it a negative connotation to repel people from the truth. I'll be honest, any time I think of the word cult the things that come to mind aren't pleasant to think about. So in no way can I imagine the "Mormon" church resembling or having characteristics of a cult. Really though the best way to find out whether we are a cult or not is to search out, from correct sources, the truth. Let me share with you an analogy: You're looking to buy a new car; thinking about a Chevy. But instead of going to the Chevy dealership you go to the Ford dealership and ask them about Chevy's vehicles. Now, the Ford dealership might provide you with some accurate information but they aren't the Chevy dealership. But you hear them out anyways and you do one of two things: Take the information from the Ford dealership as fact. Or take the information the Ford dealership gave you and take it to the Chevy dealership and ask them if what they heard is true. Or you could do the logical thing and ask the Chevy dealership from the beginning. Search information out from the source. And the only way to find out is you have to study our beliefs and practices for yourself. I don't want you to take my word alone. mormon.org or lds.org equals Chevy dealership; quit askin' Ford. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
The purest definition of Christian is someone who follows Jesus Christ. Let me tell you about the Jesus Christ that I follow: He was born of a virgin, placed in a manger, in Bethlehem. (Luke 2: 12; Mosiah 3:8; Alma 7:10) He grew up like other young men; learning the trade of carpenter. (Luke 2: 40, 52) He was baptized of John in the waters of Jordon. (Matthew 3: 13-17; 1 Nephi 10: 7-10) He healed the sick, brought sight to the blind, cleansed the leper, caused the lame to walk, and cast out devils. (Luke 7: 21-22; Matthew 15:30; Mark 5: 2-13) He called twelve men to be His Apostles, gave them the power to act in the name of God, and authority to run His church once He was killed. (Mark 3: 14-15; John 15:16; 3 Nephi 12: 1-2) He performed the ultimate sacrifice, called The Atonement. (Luke 22: 39-44; Alma 7:11-13) He was betrayed by a close friend. (Luke 22: 47-48) He was falsely accused and wrongly prosecuted. (Mark 15:3; Matthew 26: 60-68) He was scourged, had a crown of thorns placed upon His head, spit on, mocked, and tortured. (Mark 15: 1-3, 19-20) He was subjected to the vilest form of punishment known to mankind, crucifixion. (John 19: 16-19; **) Buried in a stone tomb. (Mark 15: 46; **) Risen on the third day. (Matthew 28: 6; **2 Nephi 25:13) Now tell me, honestly, that that is not the same Jesus Christ that you follow. The exact same Man that lived and died for you and I. I dare you to tell me I am not a Christian! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
Do not treat God like some imaginary figure who is so powerful, magnificent, and "far away" that you cannot speak with Him. Do not think of Him as some mystical force that has no figure, form, or shape. Do not imagine Him as being cruel or uncaring. Do not entertain the idea that He does not hear us when we pray. Or that we are unworthy to be heard. Do not fall into rehearsed or repeated worship. Instead: Treat Him like you would a loving father. Think of Him like a very close friend. Imagine Him picking you up, dusting you off, and strengthening you when you're about to fall again. Entertain the idea that He loves us more than we can ever comprehend. That what we're going through is for our benefit; to give us added power in the future. Fall into giving Him thanks for all that we have. For the more we thank Him, sincerely, the more willing He'll be to give us more. Picture the epitome of a perfect father when you pray. Heed the guidance He gives us, through the scriptures and prophets and apostles. Seek after good things in this life. (That includes movies, TV shows, music, games, and books.) Be courageous enough to put His will above your own. With the hope that by doing so you will be blessed. And most importantly, put all your focus on Him. Everything you do should bring you closer to our Father in Heaven. Emulate the example of Jesus Christ in your life. The more we learn about Him, the more we will get to know Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Thomas Curtis Colvin
Why does every other Christian religion believe in the Bible? Because it's the word of God. Show more Show less