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Hi I'm Tyler Wendell

I grew up in California, and work as a consultant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, and enjoyed time in the pool and at the beach. So much so that when I got to high school I was on both the swim and water polo teams. To this day I still love the water, and wish I could spend more time swimming. I currently work as a consultant, supporting my wife, two children, and one on the way. I love my kids and wife more than anything in this world. I want to go back to school to get an MBA in finance, and am not entirely sure when I'll have time to do it. I enjoy the work that I do, but ultimately would love to end up as a high school teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon for two reasons. First, because my parents are Mormon. I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ since I can remember. Most of which was not so much specific teachings from my parents, but me watching my parents live and making choices that helped them be happier and live more rich lives. After seeing this example and the example of my friends parents, I knew I wanted to follow the solid example that my parents showed me. Secondly, I'm Mormon, because it helps me to be happier. When I was 19, I left home to go preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in Ecuador. I had faith in the gospel, and knew Christ loved me, but wasn't absolutely sure if the book of mormon was true. I knew it was a good book, but wasn't sure if it was true or not. So one night in February 2000, I knelt down to pray, and asked Heavenly Father, in prayer, if the Book of Mormon was a true book of scripture that was written by ancient prophets just like the Bible. I felt the spirit so strongly that I knew it was true. It was not just a happy feeling that filled me, but a very real tangible difference. I struggle in trying to put into words how it felt. The best I can describe it is by describing it in two parts. 1. Just as you know that your body is held to the ground, I suddenly just "knew" the book of Mormon was true. I'm not sure how that absolute conviction of knowledge came, but it did. it sounds kinda silly, but its a little like downloading a file on a computer, what was not there before, is now there, rapidly. 2. At the same time a particular joy filled my heart. I'll try to explain that joy. There was a point in my life where I wasn't able to see my brother who I was very close to, for a number of years. We had not fought, we just couldn't communicate for those years. The feeling I had when we finally hugged after years of not seeing each other, and knowing that nothing had changed between us, and that we had both changed for the better, was a giddy, content, happy, excited, but relaxed joy.

How I live my faith

In the past I have served as a teacher in the church. My favorite class was with the 16-18 year old group. I like relating to them, and also encouraging them in whatever goals they are working for. I love to share my limited knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ with them, but also explain to them, how it applies for me and why it's important for me, so that they can see how Faith in Christ can help them be happier in their own lives. I don't think of myself as the greatest role model, but I hope that my experiences can be of benefit to others.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Tyler Wendell
The stance of the church is that abortion's should only be considered prayerfully if the pregnancy endangers the life of the baby or the mother. There are times when underage or out of wedlock conceptions occur. In those instances the mother (and father) should council with their church leaders, and prayerfully consider adoption, so that every child may be given the opportunity to grow up in a family, the most fundamental unit of our society. The power to create another human being is a sacred blessing that God has given each of us. Not only is it a way to create children (for most couples), it is a blessing that those types of relations can help husband and wife to draw closer together. When we were given this power to procreate, God commanded us to not abuse this privilege, and that it should only be practiced within a marriage between a man and a woman. Show more Show less