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Hi I'm Thomas Payne

I grew up in Texas. I want to become an aerospace engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just graduated high school. I was an advanced technician in the tech theatre department in my school and an honor Thespian in the Troupe. I helped build scenery, design lights and sound, and work with just about everything. I am an Eagle Scout Recipient. I have two younger brothers who are hilarious and awesome. I had the opportunity to be a senior while one of my brothers was a freshman and it was neat to be a part of that experience. I love to be with my family, go camping, ride my bike, fly a kite, and solve Rubik's cubes.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of this church because I chose to, to refrain from sounding redundant, I will clarify. No one forced me to become a member, I grew up where before I could make decisions, as a baby, going to this church, but when I reached the age of eight I prayed about making the choice to be baptized and become a member. I felt in my heart the peace and assurance that I was making the correct decision, but everyday I pray to God to learn a little more and to become a better person. My one decision at the simple age of eight is not the end all reason for why I am a Mormon. My membership in the Mormon religion has stayed constant because of my continued experiences and my faith that grows from prayer, scripture reading, service and many other aspects of my life that I have a firm testimony in. I believe that through praying about the words of scripture in the Book of Mormon and other scripture, earnestly desiring whether what you have read and learned is true that God will answer your prayer and you will be able to know for yourself not because someone has forced you but because you learned for yourself whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of God. I have prayed for myself to know and I believe that you do not have to believe my words but if you believe in the words of Jesus Christ and you follow all of His Commandments and as you turn yourself to God through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I believe that you will be able to learn for yourself and truly be happy.

How I live my faith

Everyday can be a challenge. Everyday is a chance to learn something new, a new experience or strengthening old ones. I fully believe and have faith in the gospel truth that we are on this Earth to learn and grow and participate in sacred experiences that will signify our preparing to return to God. These experiences are personal and almost never a burning bush or a trumpeting sound from Heaven. I have found that by living life humbly, and recognizing that when things feel impossible it is not our Heavenly Father trying to punish us but by lovingly allowing us to learn so that we may grow and become better. I live my faith everyday by seeking to learn from experiences from everyday life. Many times in my life I have felt completely overwhelmed and lost beyond rescuing, and when all seemed hopeless I turned to service. The moment you are able to forget about all of the awful things satan continually is bombarding you with because you care so much about trying to do something kind for someone else you are pulling your self out of the hole that you were digging. I love serving others, I feel the love of my Savior, Jesus Christ as I serve others and I share this with those that are struggling in their own lives, I share how powerful service is. I have had many experiences where I felt as though I had been forgiven but I wasn't forgiving myself. But as I chose to love others and share my testimony with them I was able to change the way I was feeling about what I had done. I live my life through obeying the commandments and trying to serve in the best possible way I can.