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Hi I'm Thomas.

My family means a lot to me. I love listening to the stories of people from different places. I love culture. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm one of those "I don't know what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I like my job and I'm going to school to figure it out" kind of people. I have good friends that don't share my religious beliefs, but that encourage me to make good decisions and be the best I can be. I try and keep those kind of friends around. My family means so much to me. My father is Filipino, born in Chicago (and can't speak a lick of Tagalog), and my mother is white, born in Pasadena. They met and were wed in Hawaii. I have four sisters. And when my entire family is together, we act like a group of best friends. We are all very close. I'm not your average mid 20's kind of guy. I listen to movie soundtracks and let my mind visualize sketches and drawings, write stories, and basically create anything my imagination can develop. I thoroughly enjoy the artistic creations of others through many different mediums. Because I have spent most of my life in the homogenous suburbia of Southern California, I like to read books that talk of other people and places. It's much cheaper than traveling. I'm not afraid to embrace my inner child and to sing loudly with the radio in the car even in traffic.

Why I am a Mormon

We don't have many extended family members that we keep in touch with. Our immediate family is basically the family we got. We are all we really have. I've been raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. My father joined the church prior to marrying my mother because he was touched by the doctrine of eternal families. When I think about my memories of growing up and learning the principles and beliefs of this church, I think about the bond between my family and how important that was. I'm a Mormon because I feel I'm being honorable to my family when I live what I was taught. I believe that I can live with my family forever. Because I believe that, I'm faithful to the beliefs and standards that support that principle. As I have continued to be Mormon and live the teachings of Jesus Christ, I have felt a sure peace that I'm in the direction that will lead me to a place where I can always be with my family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a positive source of energy. I believe that attitudes are contagious and that having a good one is the best thing anyone can do to make the world a better place. Having faith in my life leaves little room for fear. Knowing that eventually everything will work out in the end helps me to enjoy life and not sweat the small things. I try my best to go to church each Sunday to remind me of these things. I take that time to recommit myself to doing better and treating others better. I am a part of a committee that is devoted to helping those who would like to come to church, but otherwise can't due to transportation problems. Instead of preach to others, I live my faith by example and am ready to give answer to the hope that is in me. The best way I feel that I can live my faith is to respect the agency and beliefs of others. I feel like the best thing that I can do to live my faith is to love and appreciate the people around me.