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Hi I'm Thomas Altheman Barreiros

I was born in Brazil and came to America as an immigrant in the year 2000. I speak four languages. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid cinephile (film-lover), which means I love to watch and make films. I have made two documentaries, three short films and am currently working a screenplay for a long narrative film hopefully to be shot in the future. I am also a fan of all the other art forms, such as theatre, books, music, and the visual arts. One could say I am sort of a “culture geek.” I like learning about foreign cultures and especially about foreign art forms. Its an interest I’ve had since I was about ten years old. I love to swim and was a simmer in high school. I was actually captain of the swim team during my sophomore year. It was a really fun experience. I love being in the water, swimming like crazy to try and beat the other swimmers, and also just the sense of peace I get when I go swimming. I love playing soccer. I am a fan of FC Barcelona and Arsenal and I have been a lifelong fan of Fluminense, my local soccer team in Rio de Janeiro. I speak four languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and English. I have lived in Italy, Portugal, Brazil and the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I will say that my faith only truly blossomed when I was about eighteen years-old. I was living in Italy at the time and I was thinking on those big life questions one thinks about from time to time. I realized that there just had to be something more then this material existence we are all consigned to. I sought out the answer in the Book of Mormon, another book of scripture comparable to the Bible. In this Book, there is a scripture that says, “If any shall ask in faith… by the power of the Holy Ghost, they may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:4-5). I put that scripture to the test and I can say that I felt extremely happy the more I thought about it. I just had this calm reassurance within me that God was there, that he knew who I was personally, and that our lives did have purposes. We are Children of God and we are here in this life to find happiness. I learned all these things by reading the Book of Mormon and over the years, my testimony of these truths have strengthened. Such was the strength of this experience that I decided to go on an LDS proselyting mission. Mormons tend to go on missions for two years in order to tell people about the church and invite people to ponder the message for themselves and decide if its true. I was called to serve in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. During my mission, I saw people’s lives change in remarkable ways. I can tell you that it wasn’t me doing these things. I was the spirit that these people felt while they prayed, went to Church and read their scriptures. They came to believe in Jesus Christ and they came to know him as their savior. They saw their lives improve as they strived to keep his commandments and to be morel like him each day. I witnessed many miracles, all of which increased my testimony that this was the true gospel and the way to happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a quiet, discreet way. I go to church, read the scriptures everyday, say my prayers, and try to be a good decent person. I try to learn from my mistakes and be a better person every day. I try to analyze every situation and try to think of what Christ would do were he in my shoes. I try to learn all I can about the world and portray its beauty through my art, especially through film. Most importantly, I try to love my family and friends and spend as much time with them as I can, for its in these things that we feel the true measure of happiness. I also serve in the church, trying to visit people who need help such as the sick or the widowed. I serve in the community helping out with service projects from time to time. Mostly, I just try to be a good person.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Thomas Altheman Barreiros
The Gospel is univseral. There is a cripture in the Book of Mormon where we read that everyone can partake of the heavenly gift that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a multi-racial individual myself. There are many people of different backgrounds and different cultures who are members of the Church, so no, the Church does not discriminate against anyone because of race or color. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Thomas Altheman Barreiros
Mormons are not required to serve missions. Everything is voluntary in the Church and you are really not required to do anything. You go because you want to share the love of God in your life with other people. You go because you want to be a force for good in the world. In fact, we are not even paid to go. We pay our own way, so that means that every Mormon wanting to serve a mission needs provide for his/her personal finances (unless unable to do so, then the Church helps him/her). Its a wonderful time and I highly encourage everyone to go, but no, no one is obligated to. Show more Show less