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Hi I'm Thomas

I'm an idealist. A dreamer. A PC. A gamer. A game designer. A geek. A Mormon.

About Me

I call Canon City my home town, but I call Colorado Springs home. I'm 32 and still unmarried (not for lack of trying, mind you). I'm a computer geek and I almost feel bad for working in IT because I get paid to have fun! In addition to IT, I'm currently working on starting up a software company - it's an involved process. In my spare time I play video games (I'm a PC), watch anime (I mean REAL anime - Miyazaki anyone?), I love science fiction - oh sci fi geeks will love this! I've managed to put Star Wars, Stargate, Transformers, Star Trek, Andromeda, The Matrix, and Dune all into a single cohesive universe and timeline. I can even squeeze in Dr. Who, but then it ceases to be a line and becomes more of a big ball of wibbley, wobbley, timey, wimey..... stuff. I love to spend time with friends - life is really all about relationships anyway. Nothing is really worth doing unless you can share it with someone - that might be why I haven't done as much with my life as others in my same age group have. Some of my favorite activities to share are tabletop RPGs, hiking, camping, rock climbing, or deeply analyzing Marvel movies for their philosophical merit. I also go through phases where my most favoritest activity ever is reading the scriptures and all-around Gospel study. It's way too easy to get caught up and over-excited about the things of eternity :) It's just too bad that it's also too easy to let other things get in the way of that excitement.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon. I went through phases of differing levels of faithfulness but rarely experienced true faith. I was procrastinating a mission at 19 when my mom died in a car accident. This occurred during one of my more faithful phases and it was devastating to realize that all of that rhetoric about the righteous being protected and delivered was nonsense. So I left. I went searching for truth. I felt convinced that there was some eternal truth out there somewhere and if I found it then it would make everything OK and I would finally understand. All I knew to start was that I was still able to feel Mom's love for me radiating from somewhere. So in my search for truth, I was guided by the one thing I knew for certain: love is eternal, and therefore relationships built on it must be also. But living as a "non-mormon" brought its own lessons. In testing the limits of my moral compass, I found that I had lines I could not cross. I discovered that these ideals weren't from my upbringing, they were intrinsic to my nature. That was a frightening discovery, since it implied that I had a pre-mortal existence in some form. My love for truth said I needed a faith that would embrace a pre-mortal existence and post-mortal relationships and an individual's continuity through it all. How many religions are there on Earth that teach that? Just one. And so I began to recognize that if there was an ultimate truth then I would find it back where I started: the LDS church. I started going back to church, mostly because I was lonely and needed a place to meet other moral people, but my search for truth hung on in the background. As I went I found that my faith grew little by little. Eventually, I gained enough confidence in this faith to serve a mission. And while I was on my mission, I actually did find my great eternal truth that made everything OK. And looking back I realize that I was never alone. God was leading me the whole way.

How I live my faith

I remind myself that I need to read my scriptures. I struggle to pray. I make mistakes and screw up. Oh Thank GOD for repentance! I try to help others in need. I try to think less about myself and more about others. I try to do a lot of things, and when I mess it up, I know that I can rely on the grace of Christ to sort things out - because I'm trying, and that's what He asks. How do I live my faith? I'm trying to be like Jesus.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

As soon as any of us is baptized (which can happen as early as 8) we take upon us clerical responsibilities. EVERY Mormon is a clergyman/woman. Cool, huh? Sounds almost like the statement that John gave, that we are all kings and priests unto the Most High :) Now you can imagine it would be pretty ridiculous if every clergyman in the LDS church got paid for it, since we're ALL clergy... Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

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What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

We believe we are children of God. And if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Commandments to become like God: Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:16, Matthew 5:48, 3 Nephi 12:48 Our relationship as children and heirs of God: Psalm 82:6, John 10:34, Acts 17:29, Romans 8:17, Galatians 4:7 The promise that we SHALL become as He is: 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 John 3:2, and one of my favorites: Revelation 3:21 But really, Eternal Life is the life that God lives. As our Father, He wants us to have what He enjoys. His love is so infinite that He's even promised each of us the potential to become an eternal parent as He is. Does this take away from His glory? No, for as we progress from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18) we magnify His glory, just as any father's glory grows by the achievements of his children. Show more Show less