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Hi I'm Thomas

I was born and raised in Spokane, WA, I am a college student with hopes of being an optometrist one day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in eastern Washington state. I lived there until I was 18 at which point I went off to college. After my first year of studying at a university I chose to take two years off from studying to serve a full-time mission in Brazil. While there I learned to love the Brazilian people and there culture and I found out just how great cultural diversity can be. After returning I went back to school. I really enjoy athletics and during high school I ran track and cross-country. Being from eastern Washington I am a big fan of Gonzaga University basketball, and though I don't go to school there, I still love the Bulldogs. I am currently in my fourth year of college and hope to attend optometry school in the near future. I also hope to some day start a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because over time I have come to know for myself that it is true. My parents are converts to the church and were baptized shortly before being married. As a result I was born into the church and have attended since I was a child. However this did not make it easy for me to choose to be an active member and I was fairly apathetic about my membership until I was about 14 years old. At this point I decided I wanted to be a better person than I was at the time, and though I don't really know why, I decided I would start by reading from the Book of Mormon a little every day. As time went on a gradual change occurred in my life. I began to lose the desire to do wrong, and the desire to do right began to grow inside me. I gained a greater love for my family and friends and more important I could feel the love of a pleased Father in Heaven. As I continued to read from the Book of Mormon, things continued to get better and when I finally finished with the whole book, I decided to pray and ask God if it was true. At the time I didn't receive an answer or at least I didn't think I did. Later on when reflecting on this experience I realized that I received an answer every day I read. My answer came in the gradual change that occurred in my own heart. Today I can say that I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that together with the Bible it teaches the word of God. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and I testify that through Him we can be cleansed of our sins, and we can feel peace. I know that God is a loving Father, and that He cares for each of us and He desires happiness for us even more than we do.

How I live my faith

First and foremost I try to live my faith through my thoughts and actions just like most religious people. I have also tried to serve others both in the church and in the world. I currently have the responsibility in my congregation of helping with the communication of congregational events. For example I get to help get the word out about holiday parties and activities. I have also had opportunities in the past that have involved teaching others from the scriptures and working on musical programs. My greatest opportunity to serve came in the form of missionary service. Shortly after high school I served as a full-time missionary in Brazil. As a missionary I had the opportunity to meet and help others in many different forms every day, from push starting a car to carrying groceries to teaching others about Jesus Christ. I got to help others every day and learned a great deal from this experience. I love the Brazilian people and cherish the relationships I made during this time.