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Hi I'm Tomas Cartmill

I'm living in Madagascar for two years to preach, I'm crazy about music, songwriting and thinking... oh yeah, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from high school in 2013. Currently, I'm a part of the Antananarivo, Madagascar mission where I'll be until the summer of 2015. I have been accepted to the University of Utah's College of Engineering with a full tuition scholarship. I plan to attend there to become a bio-medical engineer once I return from my mission. Music once took up a huge part of my free time. I love to listen, to create, to learn, to enjoy, and to share as much music as I can. I learn to play whatever I can get my hands on be it a piano, french horn, ukulele, bass, or whatever it may be. I've haven't been able to listen to the same kind of music I used to, but there's still great gospel music we're allowed to listen to while on the mission. I'm sure every other missionary says this, but the mission is probably one of the experiences that will shape your life the most. Before, I like going out on dates, spending lots of time working, and taking all the moments I could to relax in between school and work. I still would love to do those things, but now just isn't the time. Gotta focus for two years so I can perform the very best mission that I can!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born with parents who were already strong in the faith by the time I was born. I see it sometimes as both a blessing and a hindrance. I was raised knowing that the church is true, but not truly knowing from a personal conversion experience. Whenever I struggled, someone was always there to teach me. My doubts were always extinguished by a spirit of truth, whether it emanated from scripture study, the testimony of another, or a simple answer to a prayer. I've always envied the spiritual strength of converts who were not as lucky as I was to always have the spirit and the priesthood in the home. I realized that without the knowledge that I had and currently have, I would never have gotten as far as I was today. The gospel is what has kept me happy throughout my life. With it, I'm blessed with enough of my needs met to live very well. I have peace of mind. I know who I am and why I exist, and the constant comforting companionship of the Holy Ghost is here to aid me. Without it, I would probably have been lost a long time ago. I believe the consequences of rejecting the gospel would have led me into a life of agony. I can't know how choosing a different path in life could have turned out for me, but I believe that the way I've chosen will give me the most happiness I can possibly get. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by progressing little by little each day. Nobody asks us to be perfect overnight. I've made too many mistakes to count. I'm nowhere near perfect! With the faith that I have, though, I take another step each day to try and live my life in the most ideal manner. Now as a missionary, I'm to live the highest standards of conduct and spread the message of the gospel to as many children as are willing to hear it. Right now, I'm just one elder in the world who's going about trying to do good and live my life as Christ would have me.