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Hi I'm Talmage William Jones

I attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I'm studying to become a surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of the happiest people you'll ever meet; I guarantee it. Happiness, to me, though, isn't a question of circumstance, of belongings, nor of chemicals in the brain. Joy is a way of life. I grew up with the nickname "Curmudgeon Man." If you haven't guessed, I was not the child with a smile on his face and a skip in his step. I felt unhappy. Now I had no reason to be, I've realized as I look back: I had more than enough materially, I had truly amazing friends, I was loved by my family. Why then was I so enraged at the world? I really don't know. What I do understand, however, is that at some point I realized that I didn't want to be perpetually peeved. So I took a big step back, making changes in how I treated others and, in doing so, I found a love for people. Now, I'm no saint, I've had my struggles along the way and of course I'm not painted with a permanent smile. I've had good cry's and I've felt frustrated; life does get hard. But in the end, I actively return to my resolve to be happy. Some people don't understand why, others don't understand how. It all comes down to how much I love, really love everyone. And why wouldn't you be happy if you're always with the people you love?

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many reasons but the one that stands apart from all others is the answers I receive through prayer. By prayer, I have come to know this church to be the one and only church on the earth today that contains the fullness of the Gospel of Christ. I have come to the Lord in sincere prayer with questions both of myself and of the world around me, and as often as I ask in faith, believing I will receive, the Lord has witnessed to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. Trusting that the Lord knows best, I do my best to follow God's plan for me. To say that following God is hard is an understatement--to know that He knows best is as well. Only by faith and by a willingness to uphold the each of the commandments of God, individually and as a whole doctrine of Christ, can I be all I am meant to. I think of the oft-repeated phrase among many Christian denominations, that says "come as you are." I feel strongly about this invitation, coming to Christ despite opposition, guilt, or pain. But for me, personally, there's another step after--we obey His teachings. We choose to act on the words found in James 2:26, quote "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." We choose to exercise the seed of faith with the knowledge we have, pressing forward in Christ. We may come unto Him as we are, but we MUST leave differently. In those tender moments where I have had the opportunity to exercise my faith, I have found respite in God's tender care. Those are the moment that make me who I am; those are the moments that make me a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity to serve in the LDS church since I was 12. Upon entering the teenage youth program at our church, I got to participate in leadership of the 12 and 13 year-old boy group, then again in the 14-15 year-old group, and yet again in the 16-18 year-old one. I liked to hear how the other guys in my groups were doing and really enjoyed each one of them individually. I went to college and got to serve in the activity committee for our congregation, and in multi-congregational events, there. I came home for the summer and got to work in the Sunday School as a teacher for the 11-12 year-old class while we were learning about the Old Testament. I love devoting my talents in whatever facet of the Lord's kingdom I can, knowing, from the story found in Matt. 25:14-30, that when I grow my talents the Lord blesses me.