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Hi I'm Thomas Tidwell

I grew up in Idaho. I am a lifelong learner. I love God and I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Idaho. My family and I are very close. I have five siblings, and two loving parents. My family is one of the most important things to me, anything my family does together is always fun, no matter what we're doing. I love helping other people, and so I jump at the chance to serve other people, whether it be helping them move furniture, do some gardening, or just helping them feel included and needed. I believe that life is something to be enjoyed, so I always try to smile and be happy. I believe that being optimistic is what helps you get through life, even when things don't go your way, though as we know there will always be difficulty. I also enjoy reading and learning, growing up I was not often without a book to read close by. I'm always trying to learn more about the world around me and just be able to see the world more clearly and understand it. It is my personal philosophy that as we become more informed, we become more free and able to act, and thus we should seek to become informed. I'm especially interested in how the brain works (in such things as cognitive neuroscience and behavior), but also in the sciences. I believe that all that is truth can be connected together, and I seek in all things to know the truth. I don't think that there is a true conflict between truth from science and truth from religion.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and family are all members of the church, but I am not a member of this Church just because my family believes it. I am a member of this church because I have received a personal testimony that it is true from God, through the Holy Ghost. It is only by the Spirit I came to know the Church is true, I do not rest my testimony on scientific claims, or architectural claims, because over time those will change, but the truth never changes. I am also a Mormon because I continue to experience peace and joy from living my beliefs and continuing to learn more about our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ from the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and further revelation from God. I know for myself that we have a prophet today and that this Church is God's church on the earth. I know that this church has the authority from God to act in His name to baptize, give the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to ensure that my family and I are together forever. I know for a certainty there is a life after this, I have had family pass away, but I know I will definitely see them again. My testimony is so precious to me, and yet, slightly paradoxically though it may be, that makes me want to share it more! I want other people to understand what we believe, and give everyone the chance to be happy. I love the amazing view of eternity that comes from knowing the Plan of Salvation. This basically, to those not familiar to it, is the plan that God has put in place for us to gain bodies, learn, and grow to become more like Him. I have some family members that have passed away, but because of God's wonderful plan for His children, I know not only that I will see them again, but that we will still be in our families forever. That is why our families now bring us so much joy, because it is just a taste of being able to live with them and God forever! I don't know of anything else that promises so much happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by trying to always follow the example Jesus Christ set for us to love people, even when they are difficult to love. Service is a big part of that, I feel that when I am given a responsibility in the church it is another opportunity to help others to help others be provided for and to help them feel the Love of God through what I do, and ultimately help them to be able to be more happy now and in the future. I work with the church leaders in the area where I live to help the people both in and out of our church with their day-to-day as well as spiritual needs. I believe this Church is true, and so I live what I believe, and I always try to be the sort of person God wants me to be. I also live my faith I have by just trying to be thankful for all that God has given me. Those who have tried those know how hard this is, but I am always trying, and praying to be more grateful for what I've been given. I truly have been blessed to have a good family and have my needs provided for. I try to think often of my Savior, Jesus Christ, because I know it is only through Christ we will be able to live with our Father in Heaven again.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Thomas Tidwell
Welfare services are put in place to help people to be able to help themselves. People that have financial needs are given tools to help them be self-reliant and get back on their feet so that they in turn can help others. It's not meant to replace, but to aid people's efforts to gain self-sufficiency. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Thomas Tidwell
A testimony is when someone knows for themselves of a spiritual truth, and this knowledge of spiritual things can only come by the Spirit (the Holy Ghost). These spiritual things include whether this Church is God's Church on the earth, whether or not Joseph Smith is a prophet, and if the Book of Mormon is true, and also This testimony can be gained by reading the Book of Mormon and acting on a particular principle, such as in John 7:17 "If any man will do‍ his will, he shall know‍ of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether‍ I speak of myself." So a person can only gain a testimony in a principle such as the Word of Wisdom, which is a health law revealed to help us be more open to the Spirit, by living it themselves and testing the fruits that come from it, as stated in Matthew 7:20 " Wherefore by their fruits‍ ye shall know them." Show more Show less