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Hi I'm Tom

I work construction, I'm an "urban redneck" and a missionary. I belong to the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I went to College For Construction Management and will soon return for Engineering. I have been doing construction and landscape for about 12yrs. I love Jeeps and big trucks and driving anywhere I can, especially if there is not a road. I am a great fan of the out doors and nearly any activity that happens outside, unless it involves a ball. I joined the church in 1998 and have been a member since. At one point I relocated to Utah for family and work. Shortly after, I was deeply offended and I took a break from church. Although things felt alright being out of the church, it took about 3 years to understand there were a few blessings I needed in life and a few I wanted to be eligeable for. I had made a friend outside of the Church and they helped me remember the plain and simple truths I had once known and learned, and after setting a few life goals I knew I had to return. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and God chooses all of us imperfect people to maintain His church. I had to look past my offenders and decided I was doing this for me. After much meditation and searching I had descovered more truth and joy than I had known before. Since finding that I have decided to serve, and am currently serving, a fulltime mission in Pennsylvania. No one forced me to do this, and no one ever will be able to force me to do anything, only I can make my choices.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel it is the right thing. the organization of it all, the honesty and integrity of it all, what it teaches, all of everything about the Church just seems right to me. The church is always true, while some of the people may not be, the church is. I have prayed about this church. I have gone with it, and gone without it. the time I have gone without it have been some of the emptiest times I can remeber. I can't help but notice how things work out so well when we are doing the right things and beliveing the right things and following the right things. I am a Mormon because nothing else makes sense to me. Sometimes we question things if they are real or if we are just tricking ourselves into believing something, perhaps we are too stubborn or closed off to thoughts of anything else. It isn't bad to consider these things, perhaps it is good. I study regularly but more importantly I ask God because he doesn't lie. I am a Mormon because I have knowledge greater than any physical evidence or sight or sound or touch can provide, The Holy Spirit has let me know that this is where I need to be and where I need to go in life.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary. I try to help people any way I can. One of the most rewarding things in life is helping some one find inner peace and joy. It is important to belive in something and even more important to belive in the full and restored truth. Often we say we are not our brothers keeper but if we can help him learn to kep himself it makes life a little easier, for both of us. I try to live my faith every day, there are the standard ten commandments but also through out the scriptures there are many other commandments. while it is not the easiest thing in the world to keep all of them every moment, it is also not that difficult to not break them. Don't get me wrong, Jesus said he who is without sin may cast the first stone and I am not about to throw any rocks anytime soon. But to answer the question simply, I live my faith by trying to share it with others. Every day requires faith, repentece, and a bit of endurance. Living my faith to me includes having hope, charity, knowledge, patience, diligence, and obedience.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tom
A testimony is a statement of truth. I know Juses Christ is the savior and redeemer of the world, that is a testimony. We testify every day wether we know it or not, any time we defend a truth we know or believe we testify of that thing. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Tom
It is important to take care of our bodies for a few reasons. One would be so we are more capable to serve ourselves and others, another may be that we respect our bodies because we respect the gift we received from God. Biggest thing I can say though, is that our body is where our spirit dwells and also where the Holy Spirit can dwell. I see it like this, I don't want to hang out in trash cans, so If I treat my body like a trash can would the Holy Spirit want to be with me? Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Tom
Back when the Church was being restored there were many people who did not understand us. They knew we had the Book of Mormon, some even thought we worshiped Mormon. Those who did not understand us called us Mormon's, I believe it is a simple and unique name and often use the nickname in my own speech but we are fromally known as The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Tom
No. There are some groups in the world who do practice polygomy but they are not us and we are not them. There was polygamy before but at the command of God. God is able to give commandments and is able to tell us to stop. For example, David, Solomon, Jacob, Isaac were told to practice, then afterwards it was not to be practiced. God doesn't change, the law doesn't change it is either in place or not even as governemnt has temprary laws sometimes. Show more Show less