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Hi I'm Thomas

I live in the UK and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am 32 years old, and have been married for 10 wonderful years to my wife. We have three children, all three are boys. I completed my Degree in 2010 in Sport and Physical Education. In my spare time or what little I have of it I enjoy playing most sports but mainly football and basketball, I enjoy family camping, mountaineering and reading. I have played the piano since I was about seven years old. I served as a missionary for the Church in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission from 1999 - 2001 (SAJM rocks).

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the church I was taught by Sister Missionaries just before I was eight years old. I was baptised by my Dad, my mother and father were converts to the church when they were younger so I lived a lot on what they taught me. I guess I never started questioning things till I was about 14 and began to read a few books of my Dad's and I actually sat down to read the Book of Mormon properly. I attended a Youth Camp where I began to understand and experience how the Holy Ghost works. My testimony was strengthened as I read about the life of Joseph Smith and found a lot of answers to my questions, I experienced my first witness on that camp, now whenever I begin to feel down or think things are too hard I remember the experience I had. I met my girlfriend (now my wife) when I was 14 and we started dating at 16, her love for the gospel along with her high standards helped me to live high standards and I decided to serve the Lord for 2 years as a full time missionary. Being a missionary helped me to understand how to have charity and taught me humility, I truly witnessed many miracles and personally saw God at work as I tried to serve him everyday. I remember the day I returned home with great anxiety, but with a more fervent desire to spread the gospel. If I could sum up why I am a Mormon I would have to quote one of the many mottos from my mission days - "Obedience is the price, Faith is the power, Love is the motive, Spirit is the key and Christ is the reason". I am a Mormon because of what I know, not merely because I was brought up in a Mormon family. I had to find my testimony just as much as any other person would, they say that knowledge is power and I truly believe it is when confirmed by the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My callings in the church have included my musical abilities as Ward Organist, Primary Pianist, Musical Director. My leadership and wisdom increased as I served on 7 consecutive Ward Young Mens Presidencies from leaving the youth programme myself at the age of 18. I have served as Elders Quorum President, Sunday School President and Adult Gospel Doctrine Teacher the latter really tested my knowledge of the gospel. I briefly served as a Ward Clerk responsible for the membership and financial records. My only Stake calling was when I was the Stake Young Mens President. I am currently once again serving in the Youth Program as the Young Mens President in my ward and I must admit each time I have served in this calling it has been so different, I am just so grateful and find it a joy to serve. I also home teach the members and less actives. This is a rewarding experience and an opportunity to meet and speak with others sometimes outside of a church setting. A time in which I can also motivate, counsel, encourage and inspire, this is what the Lord Jesus Christ did and would want me to do. Living my faith is as difficult as any other religion, I am not immune to challenges and trials, but I try to live my faith simply by doing the things that matter most like reading the scriptures everyday even if it is just a little each day. Remembering to pray everyday and to be grateful. Being the best husband and father that I can possibly be takes courage and practice. Being polite and making time for others. I think I am naturally a pleasant person and try to display this in my lifestyle and I am always seen with a smile on my face.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Church services are usually held on Sundays. The main service known as the Sacrament meeting consists of Hymns, Prayers and Speakers the latter 2 are usually assigned to ordinary members of the congregation. The main reason for our meetings is to partake of the the Sacrament, an ordinance that the Lord himself instituted. The Sacrament consists of bread and water prepared and administered by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to partake. We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services. Other meetings usually precede or follow Sacrament meeting. Meetings cater for all ages from Nursery and Primary for younger children, Sunday School for youth and adults. We also have additional programs such as Young Womens for females aged 12-17, Relief Society for women aged 18 years and older and Priesthood meetings for males 12 years and older. During these classes we teach each other the gospel, share experiences and insights and encourage one another. No one in our congregations is paid for the services they provide, members give of their own time and talents regularly. We warmly welcome any visitors to any of our Church services, our meetings are commonly attended by families and are accustomed to children so we encourage you to bring along your family. Show more Show less