Hi I'm Tyler
Hi! If you were to find me, chances are that it would be outside running or on my laptop working on research. I enjoy running marathons and meeting people as I run. I mean, what better way to meet someone than to have them running by your side for three or four hours! When I am not running, I spend much of my time in school working on my PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Miami.
Why I am a Mormon
More than anything, I am a Mormon because it brings me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. In psychology, I find my religious views to be constantly under attack. Though hard at first, I now consider the opportunity to explore my faith in God in light of psychology a blessing. Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have found answers to questions that continue to puzzle psychologists. The peace in knowing that I am a child of God and that I have a divine purpose on earth helps me in my journey to understand the human mind.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer for me is the way that I am able to talk with God. I pray several times a day as I feel the need to be close to God. Recently, I have been working on making my prayers more meaningful. When I pray, I try to be open about my feelings and explain the details of my experiences as I would to a close friend. In turn, I have felt a closeness with my Heavenly Father that I have not experienced until now.
How I live my faith
For me, my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a daily decision. I start each day spending time in the Book of Mormon and Bible coupled with sincere prayer. This basis helps give me direction throughout my day. I feel like I interact with other members of the church daily. We have activities what seems like nearly every night. Some are geared towards fostering unity within the group, others have a decidedly more spiritual tone, and others are markedly fun in nature. Because our church has a lay leadership, I help out with leading the missionary organization in my congregation. I am in charge of teaching in our hour long lessons on Sunday as well as making sure that each new person feels welcome in church. My favorite part about this calling is the opportunity that I have to visit my brothers and sisters in their homes and spend time with them. It is amazing to be part of such a great family!