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Hi I'm Thomas

I was born in England but grew up in the U.S. I'm a gymnast and parkour enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi all. I was born in England in 1996 and lived there until 2002 when my Dad moved the family to Utah to get a degree at BYU. My Dad is English and my Mom is French. My Mom has spoken to me in French from the day I was born so I can speak a little French too. Enough to get a point across anyway. My two main hobbies are soccer (or as I know it, football) and gymnastics. In 2011 or so I started doing parkour. I specialize in free-running (gymnastics on the ground). I used to be the only guy in my area who was into that. That all changed when we moved to American Fork. I met a whole group of guys who like to go to lowes extreme air sports to do parkour. A lot of them have left on missions recently, but I still go every now and then with my brother. As to school, I went through elementary like a normal person but I skipped high school to take BYU-Hawaii online classes. When I was 16 I got into BYU-Hawaii and a semester later I transferred to BYU (Provo) as a math major. It has been really hard to get good grades at BYU but so far I'm doing okay. After transferring to BYU I got my first job at classic skating in orem. It was fun. It really helped ease the stress of college. Later I got a student job doing web development for the MTC in Provo. A couple days ago I got a real job doing the same thing. I'm saving up all my money for my mission. I got my call a few weeks ago. I'm going to Tampa, Florida speaking Haitian Creole (French slang, sort of). I can't wait!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some time in my elementary years I read the Book of Mormon all the way through with my mom and brother. The day we finished we said a prayer to ask if it was true and I had a very powerful feeling that it was. That solidified my testimony that the church is true and from that point I have been happy to stay a Mormon. I don't feel brainwashed, I made my own choice. Since that time I have gained a testimony of many principles (come to know that they are true). I know that God hears and answers prayers. I know that Jesus Christ is the son of God. I know that he paid the price for our sins, and that he died and was resurrected. I know that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and that they called him to be the prophet to bring back the true church. At first I only believed these things, but in those quiet and reverent moments like saying a prayer at night or sitting quietly at church I felt the Holy Ghost testifying to me that they are true. That is how I came to know, not just believe, but know that those things are true.

How I live my faith

I'm still in the youth. Guys my age have responsibilities like collecting fast offerings (money used to help poor members of the ward), setting up chairs before church on Sunday or cleaning up after church, and blessing the sacrament. I also help another member of the ward with home-teaching. By that I mean I go with him to visit a couple families in the ward every month to give a short spiritual message and see how they are doing. I am also what's called the second assistant in a group of 16-18 year olds (priests). I help the first assistant to make assignments in the group (like taking the sacrament to those who could not make it to church), organize Sunday school, and think of activities to do as a group. Another big way I live my faith is preparing to serve a full-time mission. Men 18-25 are encouraged to volunteer to teach the gospel for two years in another area. I am turning 18 in February 2014 and I have already signed up. I got a letter 2 weeks ago from the general authorities of the church telling me that they are going to send me to Tampa, Florida and that I will learn Haitian Creole in order to speak with the Haitian immigrants in the area. I'm going to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on March 5th 2014 to begin my training.