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Hi I'm Thomas

I like video games, music, longboarding and I'm studying to be a Spanish professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just celebrated my one year anniversary with my wife. I am looking for a job teaching Spanish at a community college and plan to enter doctoral school for Spanish next year. I like video games and other nerdy things. I like Ultimate Frisbee and ice cream and pizza. I like music. I am currently getting into climbing and will be working at Scout Camp this summer teaching COPE. I'm trying to teach myself to play the ukelele too.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon so that's how I found out about the church. However, one can only rely on their parents' commitment for so long. When I was 17 I realized that I had to make a choice to be a Mormon or not. It was a big choice for me. That year, I accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. By the time I finished that book I knew that it was true and that the Church was too. It touched my soul in a way I never felt before. I knew that there would be opposition but I knew it would be worth it. Many times I doubted my own abilities to continue and many times I fell but I would always pick myself back up. My greatest trial of faith was when my best friend from 7th grade killed himself. I was 21 at the time. I had just returned from serving as a missionary in Argentina. I came back home, worked and he had moved to NYC for the summer. At the end of the summer, the week before I was to move to Buffalo for school, he took his life. At the time, I didn't know he had killed himself. They had said it was an accident at the metro. It was until two years later that his mother told me the truth. This event has shaken my life and I have never seen life or the world the same way since. It has caused me many countless hours and nights of depression. Now, some might say that since he was not a member of the LDS faith he can't be saved. Others may consider suicide as the shedding of innocent blood which sends him to "the hot place." Regardless, I know that we can't judge. Only God, Our Loving Heavenly Father, knows peoples' true heart and intentions. I know he has a plan for all of us; we are His children! He loves us! While I don't know everything, I still trust God and I love him. I easily get caught up thinking about all that is wrong with life and the world but when I stop and think about all the good out there, the blessings from heaven and how God really does know me, knows my friend, my sorrow disappears.

How I live my faith

My faith is more than just a Sunday commitment. I live my faith in every facet of my life. It's a big part of me. At church I teach the Young Men and more specifically the 12-13 year olds. They are rambunctious but awesome. I try to live my life by following Christ's example and just treat others like he would.