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Hi I'm Thomas

I grew up in Utah and Washington State. I love to learn new things. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the oldest of 3 sons, to wonderful parents who have taught me to love the Lord and those around me. I love to play sports and I play the piano. I am currently preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I am excited to learn the Spanish language. After my mission, I plan to attend Brigham Young University-Provo.

Why I am a Mormon

One specific story that reminds me of how I know God lives happened when I was about 13 when, I went on a hiking trip with several other youth of my faith. We naturally got separated from each other, and I missed the turn I needed to take. After awhile, I recognized that I was lost. I was afraid, and worried. Instead of letting my fear control my emotions, I decided to follow the counsel of my parents and leaders. I prayed in faith, for comfort and guidance. Immediately after doing so, I was overcome by a feeling of peace and love. It was the Holy Ghost's comforting presence that I recognized that day. I felt that I needed to stay where I was and help would come. Sooner, thereafter, I heard a voice yelling my name. It was one of the older boys who came to look for me. I know that this experience was a result of God's love for me. This experience is just one of many faith-building experiences that solidify my faith in Christ and his ultimate sacrifice for me. The love that I feel as I keep his commandments has given me hope that I can live with my family again. That is why I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have had countless opportunities to serve those in the community, including those not of our faith. My first responsibility in the church, was to help lead youth of my age in activities including service projects. I was also responsible for strengthening and uplifting those youth in their times of need. I also had a great opportunity to serve specific families in the community including several senior citizens. I have done a lot of yard work and cleaning for those who need my help.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Thomas
Obeying the law of Tithing is an act of faith. Every commandment the Lord has given us is given for our benefit and for the increase of our understanding. Each commandment is a test of our obedience and our willingness to do his word. As we keep his commandments, the Lord gives us countless blessings. Commandments are not restrictive, rather they allow us to use our ability to choose the better choice. It gives us more freedom. Tithing is no different. As we express our diligence by paying our tithing, the windows of heaven are opened and we receive more blessings than we can even hold. The money we pay is used to build the kingdom of God, not for the benefit of the leaders of the church. No member of the Mormon clergy is paid for their service. Rather, this money is used for the benefit of those in need. They help others receive the peace, joy, and blessings that you receive as you keep the commandments. There is nothing we can sacrifice that could balance the debt that we owe to the Savior and his mercy. He asks us to show our faith through a simple act of charity towards our fellow brothers and sisters. Whenever we give to the Lord, he always gives us more than we started with. Read the story of Job, to see how his steadfast faith, blessed him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Thomas
Mormons help those in need. Jesus Christ taught us that we must love one another as he loved us. This includes family, friends, and those who do not believe the same about God as we do. It is one of the four missions of the church. The kindness and aid we give to others is rooted in the love we have for Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Our gospel is practiced all over the world and we respond to natural disasters as quickly as possible. We do not hold back provisions or services based on gender, religious beliefs, cultural customs, or social statuses. Our kindness extends to all those who are in need in any way, and it does not even have to be a big event. We believe our little, every day acts of service help strengthen and uplift those around us. Read Mosiah chapter 2 for more information. Show more Show less