I Love My Family

I am so so lucky! I have the greatest family in the entire world! I just wanted to say a few things about each member of my family and how much they mean to me.

To my sweet wife Ashley-

I love your patience with me. I love that we can talk for hours. I love that we love being together. I love that you push me to be my best. I love that you keep all of your covenants. I love that you love to learn. I love that you are slow to frustration. I love that you rely upon our Savior Jesus Christ. I love that you serve everyone that you meet. I love that you are a friend to all. I love that you think the same way that I do. I love that you are so gorgeous. I love that you are spontaneous. I love that you love me. I love that we have the same goals. I love your sacrifice to make me happy. I love your charity for everyone.

Grandma and Grandpa Day-

I love your tenacity for each other. I love your spunk and your great love for me. I love your friendly conversations. I love your happiness and joy. I love your optimism and peace. I love your devotion to each other.

Grandma and Grandpa Corsini-

I love your resourcefulness. I love your generosity. I love your support. I love your willingness to sacrifice. I love your attention to detail. I love your familial focus. I love your sticktoitiveness.

Dad-

I love your teachings of hard work and charity. I love your service. I have never seen a man fulfill his calling better than you do. You sustain your leaders. I love your decisions for our family. I love your protection. I love your faith. I love your testimony of the gospel. I love your sacrifice for us as your children. I love your consistency. I love your patience. I love your diligence.

Mom-

I love your smile. I love your beauty. I love your preparedness. I love your planning. I love your faith. I love your testimony of Jesus Christ. I love your excitement to serve. I love your finish at all costs mentality. I love your willingness to raise us! I love your waffles. I love your devotion to your calling. I love your faithfulness in scripture study. I love your motherliness.

James-

I love your diligence. I remember when I was younger and you would stay up late into the night reading Preach My Gospel. I took note of that. I love that you are like a scripture hero to me. I love that you are willing to teach. I love that you are willing to correct. I love that you are such a great example to me. I love that you work so hard. I love the testimony you have built.

Stacey-

I love your friendliness. I love your get back up attitude. I love your faith. I love your strength. I love your stories. I love your kindness. I love your patience. I love your faithfulness. I love your optical advice. I love your friendship.

Weston-

I love your cuteness. I love your passion for life. I love that you’re becoming a little man.

Robert-

I love your passion for things. I love how invested you are into everything that you do. I love your ability to learn. I love how smart you are. I love how you can make anything awesome. I love your humor. I love your patience and optimism. I love your persistence. I love your willingness to help a brother out.

Brandi-

I love your love for Myla. I love your problem solving abilities. I love your quick wit. I love your patience. I love your love for Robert. I love your abilities to make anything a hobby. I love your introductions to fun new things.

Myla-

I love your cute smile. I love your joy. I love your individuality. I love your creativity.

Emmali-

I love your ability to be kind. I love your pondering heart and mind. I love your faithful service. I love your sweet clothes. I love your willingness to understand. I love your patience. I love your charity. I love your zeal for gospel learning. I love your continuation of your mission. I love your faith. I love your smile and joy. I love your personality. I love your ability to feel what others feel.

Eldon-

I love your willingness to help. I love your patience. I love your willingness to laugh. I love your faithful serving. I love your kindness to me. I love your love for your children. I love your understanding. I love your dedication to those around you. I love your happiness.

Shelley-

I love your kindness and love. I love your cute projects. I love your strength and positivity. I love your service and your charity. I love your teaching and fulfillment of God’s plan. I love your ability to complete any task. I love your caring and loving personality

McKay-

I love your zeal for life. I love your positivity. I love your excitement about everything new. I love your service to me and your love of sports. I love your willingness to have fun in every situation. I love your faith that the Lord will direct you in every way you should go.

Spencer-

I love your faith. I love your persistence. I love your example to me to serve and have joy. I love your hard work. I love your grilling. I love your pathway to righteousness. I love your humility.

Wade-

I love your sense of humor. I love your intelligence. I love your happiness. I love your friendliness. I love your optimism and ability to make everything fun. I love your dedication and improvement in running. I love your smile.

Rachel-

I love your cuteness. I love your happiness. I love your commitment to the gospel. I love your ability to find things that you are good at and your ability to do those things. I love your love for your family. I love your kindness to me. I love your lessons on gospel things.

Grandma and Grandpa Gooch-

I love your willingness to support. I love your willingness to serve. I love your kindness and generosity. I love your strong will and your happiness.

Grandpa Palmer-

I love your amazing memory. I love your poems. I love your faith. I love your love for Grandma. I love your stories. I love your example.

I love my family and I love Jesus Christ and how through His power it is made eternal!!

He lives! Happy Easter!

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My Mother’s Deal

Here at BYU there are two goals for almost every student. Graduate and get married. Sometimes one comes before the other and other times they both don’t end up happening. It was pretty common for me to think that both were dreams would never become a reality. I was struggling to find out what to study and what types of things I was good at. Meanwhile I was coming out of an ending relationship and I was lost and starting to wonder what direction I wanted to go.

I spent a lot of time at my parents house trying to spend my time around people who lift me up and inspire me. I really needed to take control of my life. Then all of the sudden my mom sat me down to have a little chat. I sighed and knew exactly what the chat would be about…

She said, “Thomas I have a deal for you.”

I perked right up, was this actually not going to be a chat about dating? Was there something in this for me?

She continued, “Thomas I want you to go on 7 first dates before you go on a second date.”

“What!? That is going to take me like 5 months to do! I can’t do that!”

The whole time I was thinking what is in this for me? What is the catch? If there is a good reward I can manage to do this for a little bit.

I asked my mom what the reward would be and she told me she thought it would be a good experience for me to meet a lot of new people and learn what I wanted in my future spouse. I was frustrated that there was no catch I was hoping she would use some revelatory power being my mother to promise me that I would find my eternal companion through this process. But she didn’t. She just said that it would be a good experience.

So trying to be a good son I started on this journey. I began to be more social I started to think about what my strengths were. Optimism started to come back into my thoughts. I started to go on dates. I really was learning. I was finding things I liked and didn’t like. Date 1, Date 2, Date3, Date4, by the time I had date 4 I had really started to like getting to know Ashley! She was bright and wonderful she was exciting and funny and I really wanted to take her out on a date. I wanted to be strategic about it. Because I was sure I wanted to go on more dates than just one with Ashley!

In our singles ward at the time we had ward date nights. And lucky for me there were two coming up for consecutive weekends. That meant those dates would be #5&6 and then I would be at date 7 and be able to take Ashley on a second date (if all went well). The ward dates came and went and it was my time!

I made a promise to myself that the next time I saw Ashley I would go up and ask her out. So about the second week in February I was walking to class and saw Ashley walking down a hill towards a parking lot. I knew she didn’t see me but I also knew the promise I had made. I ran down the hill and started talking to her. I asked if she wanted to go to dinner and she said yes. Then I asked if she was available for Thursday night, she worked, Friday night, work again. Then I asked about Saturday night. It was February 14th I didn’t want it to be too cliche with it being Valentine’s Day and everything but she said it was perfect.

So I got a haircut, I washed my car, I bought a Valentine’s Day flower, and prepared for Saturday night. We went out and every moment of the date was so much fun! There was never a dull moment. I laughed more than I had in years. I had the best first date of my life. It was wonderful and we have seen each other every day since! Date after date I grew deeper and deeper in love. I knew what I was looking for because of the experiences I had had on the 7 first dates.

I know that honoring our parents is a commandment. I know that it is what God wants us to do! I have felt many blessings because of it.

President Russell M Nelson said, “My dear sisters, whatever your calling, whatever your circumstances, we need your impressions, your insights, and your inspiration. We need you to speak up and speak out in ward and stake councils. We need each married sister to speak as “a contributing and fullpartner” as you unite with your husband in governing your family. Married or single, you sisters possess distinctive capabilities and special intuition you have received as gifts from God. We brethren cannot duplicate your unique influence.”

I’m so grateful for my mother and for her deal. I’m grateful for how it pushed me and how I learned to see what things I wanted. I found the love of my life! I am so grateful for my experiences and for where I am now. I love my wife Ashley and I’m so grateful for our relationship!