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Hi I'm Thomas

Born and raised in Arizona. Oldest of 4 boys. Serving a full-time mission in the Samoa, Apia Mission from June 2017-June 2019

About Me

I am 18 years old and the oldest of 4 brothers. My parents divorced when I was 12 and I've been raised with only one parent being a member of the church. I do swim, basketball, and volleyball. Self-taught guitarist that has performed for crowds of over 500. I was recently assigned to labor as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Samoa, Apia Mission, and I am beyond excited. I report to the MTC, June 14th of 2017.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be brought into this world by two parents who lived the teachings of the Church and taught them to me. When I was 12 my parents divorced and on top of that I learned that one of my parents was not the person I thought they were,due to the fact that they left the Church soon after. There could not have been a bigger strike in my life. I was forced into a situation I had no control over, and also to make a choice of if I wanted to continue to live the principles of the Gospel or to follow the path of my other parent, the "easier" path. In my darkest moment I fell to my knees due to pure lack of physical strength because of the events that had transpired and I truly cried to my Father in Heaven. The feeling that followed was one of peace, but most importantly, of love. To a certain extent I felt as if God had wrapped me in His arms and was holding me. Telling me that He was there and that He loved me and knew of the pain I was in. From that moment I learned a lot about myself, and I knew and could not deny, that not only was God real and knew me, but that the Church could heal me and keep me safe.

How I live my faith

I am a Family History Consultant for my ward. That means I provide assistance for members and non-members alike who would like some help navigating Family Search and other Church supported websites involved with genealogy work. I am also an assistant to my bishop. This entails helping with anything my bishop asks of me, specifically going to give the sacrament to members of our ward outside of our regular sacrament meeting who may be sick at home or in the hospital who still desire to partake of this weekly ordinance. I home teach the three best families in the ward, or at least, they are the best to me. The chance it gives me to serve, help and teach these families is priceless and something I cherish. I visit their home at least once a month and check up on them and give a spiritual message, but also come and help with anything they ask of me, including yard work or helping drive to and from various locations.