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Hi I'm Thomas Ammon Gerber

I come from a military family. I play the piano, sing, act, play sports, I'm an eagle scout and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an athlete and a musician and my dad is in the military. I am one week from graduating high school and will proceed to serve a mission starting in July. My dad taught me to play the piano starting when I was 5 years old and I proceeded to learn the basics on a violin, trombone, and ukulele non of which I am anything special on. My mom loves singing, and always told me to sing especially as my voice was changing. I became quite gifted as I practiced singing and took vocal lessons my sophomore year of high school. I have had a lead in three high school musicals despite the conflict of being on the baseball team at my high schools as well. I was very good at baseball when I was in little league but broke my arm in 9th grade and struggled to establish a starting position on my high school baseball teams. After working hard and doing well in 10th grade I was moved up to the varsity baseball team. However, at that moment I found out I would be moving to a new high school that was bigger. I was able to make the team but did not play much. I also played football in which I was quite successful on a team that was not very successful in terms of winning games. I am also an Eagle Scout. For my project, I renovated a community vegetable garden area on a military base so that the members of the community would not lose all their crops year after year. I say "I" but as all eagle scouts know, its really your mother's Eagle Scout project too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but that is not why I am a Mormon. Every person, whether they have been a member their whole life or not, must be converted to the gospel at some point. So here is my conversion story. The Gospel has been the only constant besides my family as we have moved around in the military. My story revolves around prayer, the scriptures, and the priesthood. When I was in 8th grade, I received appendicitis three days before my 8th grade graduation. I feared I would not be able to walk since a friend of mine was in the hospital for 2 weeks with it earlier that school year. So when my dad asked me if I wanted a healing blessing I said yes. Up to this point I had relied solely on faith that God was there and looking out for me. After having my appendix removed I was able to walk two days later with no pain. The next winter I got a hairline fracture in my shoulder snowboarding and was in a situation where the doctor thought that I would probably need surgery. If I went through surgery I would not be able to play baseball that year. I knew that the priesthood could heal me and asked my dad once again for a healing blessing. My hometeacher was there both times to assist. I healed enough in order to play baseball which was, at the time, my only concern. This last year I was the lead in our school musical, and during our dress rehearsal week I started to lose my voice. I prayed that "weak thing would be made strong unto me." The day before my first performance I received a blessing from my father in which the words of my prayer were given word for word. This started from just a seed of faith that was planted their after I had read and prayed on the Book of Mormon with my family after President Gordon B. Hinkley issued the challenge to read it by the end of the year. I know this church is true and know that Christ atoned for the sins of all men and look forward to serving my mission beginning this summer.

How I live my faith

I live in an area where many people do not know very much about the church. There are a good number of youth in my ward, but unfortunately many are not super active. This leaves me and a few other strong youth to share the gospel with our friends of other faiths. Most of the time we cannot use each other for help when we are asked about the church since most of us go to different schools. Often times I will get asked questions since I live the standards of the church in a crowd of people that don't. When I am asked questions and jump on the opportunity to bring others closer to Christ. As I talk, people not involved at all in the conversation will stop what they are doing and listen to what I have to say. There have been times where I have gotten questioned by people I had never seen nor talked before. I joke that I have faced adversity when hometeaching since an elderly lady in a nursing home told me and my companion that we "oughta be shot in [our] head," after singing to our assigned member, but she was 90 and in a wheel chair so I wasn't too scared. I just received the Melchizedek priesthood and will be set apart as a missionary in the next two months. As I went through the youth program I had to organize many different activities and write different types of talks. I have organized dances for the stake, helped organize other stake activities and many ward activities with the help of great leaders. I have also given talks in my ward multiple times as well as my stake once in front of over 900 people. I try to live my life the way Nephi demonstrated, "I will go and do the things which the lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."