Hi I'm Tyler
I've been swimming since the end of 5th grade and even though it's sometimes hard, I still think it's a blast. I've been playing the piano since 2nd grade but I really got into music the beginning of high school and I've found a deeper meaning to what I play, along with learning how to sing and getting more interested in the songs I listen to. I love going to school and learning new things, particularly foreign languages. Currently, I'm studying Spanish, German, and French; I'm not fluent in any of them but I hope to be one day.
Why I am a Mormon
I've been a Mormon my whole life, my parents were both Mormon and I've always lived in a home where the gospel is taught. That doesn't mean I haven't asked questions about my beliefs and received spiritual promptings and a testimony that it's true. Even though I may not always be perfect, I know that my Savior understands and that he'll help me do better. When difficult things come my way, I find they're easier to handle because I'm a member of this church, and I know the purpose of this life and the love that Jesus Christ has for me personally.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Everyone has their own reasons, but for me, I'm on a mission because I wanted to improve myself. I knew that a mission would help shape my life and send me down the path that I would want to follow for the rest of my life. Now that I'm on my mission, I realize that the way to have this experience make me a better person is through service to others. Through such service, I'll learn to gain those incredible Christlike attributes I've wanted so desperately, charity, humility, meekness, selflessness, love for all mankind.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I've been in the church my whole life but I didn't read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover on my own until I was 14. After I was done, I wanted to take the promise that Moroni gives, we will receive a confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true if we ask Heavenly Father in faith. What resulted from that prayer was the strongest, warmest, happiest feeling I've ever felt. I know it wasn't something my brain made up, I know that it was the Holy Ghost and I can't ever deny it.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by reading the words of the prophets in the scriptures and LDS magazines, praying to my Heavenly Father to come closer to Him and learn what He wants me to do, and doing what I learn and feel is the best. I try to be an example in everything I do and choose the path that will one day lead me back to my Heavenly Father.