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Hi I'm Tommy Oslund

I was born and raised in California. Live in Tennessee. Played football and baseball. Convert to the church in 2009. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Torrance California and I have just recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee. I am a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized in the summer of 2009 when I was 14 years old. I just finished my freshman year of college at Volunteer State in Gallatin, Tennessee where I major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I am hoping to transfer to BYU in the fall of 2016. Since I moved to Tennessee I have been more inclined to be outdoors and go fishing on most mornings. Other days I just run along trails and try to find places to run and exercise. Football and baseball have always been a huge part of my life and has been since I was at the age of 5. I had opportunities to play either one of those sports at various colleges and Universities around the nation but decided to focus on a mission and my schoolwork instead. I received a call to become a missionary in the Philippines Laoag mission speaking the Tagalog language starting October 1, 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

There have been two great influences and examples in my life that led me to become the person I am today. The two people that stick out the most in my mind is my grandma and my brother. My grandma was the only member of the church in our family for over 40 years, and my older brother was baptized in 2007 and later went on his mission to Raleigh, North Carolina after his freshman year at BYU. These two people were huge examples to me in how to live a righteous life. Although my grandma was the only member of the church, she never once lost her faith and lived her life according to the gospel and was thankful for the family that she had. My brother was baptized in 2007 and set a huge example in my life and I quickly saw how happy he was since he had gotten baptized. When I saw how happy he was I thought to myself, "Why can't I be that happy?" I later decided to search The Book of Mormon and to also receive missionary lessons at the same time. The answer became clear to me that the reason my brother was so happy was because of The Book of Mormon and the truth that it brings. Having developed a testimony of The Book of Mormon and the truth of the church I later decided to be baptized on August 29, 2009, shortly after my brother left for his mission. To this day I still look back on that choice and realize how grateful I am to have made that decision to be baptized. Ever since that day in August I have only increased my testimony and have developed an even greater joy through the restored gospel. I know that if I could feel this joy then so can anyone else!

How I live my faith

Since being baptized in 2009, I have developed an increasing desire to study the works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through my daily prayers and studies, I have gained a full testimony of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am currently called to serve as a branch missionary before I enter into the MTC in early October. The thing I love to do most in this church is to go out and meet both members and non-members and help them gain a testimony like the one I have received through diligent prayer and scripture study. Being able to help people has always been a great blessing in my life. Hometeaching has been another blessing in my life since I joined the church. I enjoy going to a member's home and teaching them about the message of that month. My latest calling to become a full-time missionary in the Philippines Laoag mission has been the greatest thing to ever happen in my life. Although I accomplished many feats in sports throughout the years, nothing comes close to being able to devote two years of my life to serving The Lord and the people of the Philippines.