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Hi I'm Thomas

I'm a Utah boy. I love the outdoors. I'm in Taiwan on a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Southern Utah, there is a lot of wilderness surrounding you on all sides and outdoor sports are numberless. I grew up in a house with a backyard that stretched onto a mountain. From the time I was little I have always loved being outside hiking and breathing fresh air. Some of my earliest memories are being with my father on top of our mountain overlooking good ol' St. George enjoying the sunset or just staring off in the distance trying to take it all in. I grew up in the most beautiful place on Earth. I love being outdoors. About a 30 minute drive in any direction will put you in a very remote wilderness that you can enjoy all to yourself. My friends and I would often drive up into the wilderness a bit to go camping, hiking, rockclimbing, shooting skeet, mountain biking, hunting, you name it. I love it all. I'm currently serving my two year mission in the Taiwan Taipei Mission and love that to death as well!

Why I am a Mormon

The third principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to "Endure to the End." Being baptized as a Mormon is a lifetime thing. And the reason I am a Mormon and always will be is it gives me hope of what is to become of my life. It helps me see my potential, as well as the potential of everyone around me. Not too far from my hometown sits Zion National Park. All of who have been there know the dramatic landscape of the canyon's walls are breathtaking. The hiking trails there are also "breath-taking," but maybe in a less pleasant way as you climb up the nearly 90 degree incline to get to the top of the canyon. My favorite trail is Observation Point trail. From the top you oversee the entire canyon for the best view available of Zion in my opinion. I remember the first time I planned to hike Observation Point, I had heard many times from others about how beautiful it was at the top. I had tons of energy and was very excited about what was waiting for me at the top. We started really early in the morning to get the best sunrise view. As we started the ascent I was bursting with energy. But not too far into the hike, I started to get a little tired. It was a much more difficult hike than I expected and I began to wonder if I would actually be able to do it. But the hopes of the great view ahead helped me to press on. So I pushed through the tough moments and made it to the top. My reward, the jaw-dropping view, made that hike all worth it to me. I believe God has prepared a view that will blow our minds if we are willing to start the journey by baptism, and then endure to the very end. No doubt it will hard at times, but the reward in the end is worth every hard moment of the journey. I am a Mormon because I know that what awaits me is priceless.

How I live my faith

Growing up in Utah, you're surrounded by mostly Mormons. I had very few nonmember friends, which made it hard for me to always be trying to share the gospel with the people around me because most everyone already knew it all. But surprisingly enough when you are surrounded by many Mormon friends, it is easy to let your standards slip a bit sometimes. The peer pressure is sometimes doubled when all involved in the "everyone's doing it" scenario is also Mormon and have been taught the same moral standards you have been... Sometimes it was hard to feel like I was "missing out". So while I was in school, I sometimes had to dig deep to stay on the right track. I have a very strong testimony of the importance of family and friends for this reason. Their examples to me had a major impact on what things I chose to do and not do. My mother has always been very faithful in staying active in the church and trying to set a high standard in her conduct. She would always encourage me to surround myself with good friends. And as a result, my closest friends were all very good kids and kept my actions straight. What was amazing about it though, is as their example impacted me, I would inturn have a greater desire to impact other people around me for better as well. Surround yourselves by good people on every side. Strengthen yourself first, then go out and spread your light and make a difference in those lives who need a support as well.