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Hi I'm Tyler

I live in Huntsville, Alabama. I am husband to a beautiful wife and father to three wonderful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Alabama and a few years ago returned to my hometown after finishing law school. In 2007, I met and married an amazing woman and we are now the proud parents of two little boys. I am an attorney who practices corporate law. I enjoy reading, history, politics and current events, movies, and spending time with my family and friends. I served a mission for the Church in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I am a Mormon because I have come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be true and that it is led by Jesus Christ, Himself, through His Prophets and Apostles. I was "born in the Church" - my parents are Mormon and my ancestors were among the Church's early members. However, I have come to know for myself - through experiences too numerous and to sacred to recount fully here - that Jesus Christ lives and is the Savior of the world and that God lives and answers prayers. God has answered my prayers and His Spirit has testified to my heart and mind that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are God's word, that Joseph Smith was a prophet and was called to restore the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom, once again established on the earth, to prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love the opportunities my faith provides for service, both within my congregation and in the community at large. I served a two-year mission for the Church in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. I have taught youth Sunday school and been a choir director. I currently serve as a counselor to our congregation's bishop.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tyler
When Mormons refer to a "testimony," they are talking about the personal witness they have received that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Sometimes Mormons will also refer to a "testimony" of some aspect of the Gospel. For example, when a Mormon says that he has a testimony that Jesus Christ lives, or that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, he means that he knows or believes these statements to be true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Tyler
Again, I think the Church as grown because it is true and the Spirit testifies of its truth to those who sincerely seek. Beyond, that, I think that the truths of the Restored Gospel speak peace to people's souls as they negotiate a troubled world. I think that people like that the Church stands for what is right and true, even if it is unpopular by worldly standards. Finally, living the Gospel creates a peace and happiness in the lives of members that is evident to others, who, naturally, want to find out more. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tyler
Yes. One of our Articles of Faith provides that the Bible is the word of God, so far as it is translated correctly. The Bible unquestionably contains God's word. However, over time and multiple translations some errors - intentional and otherwise - have found their way into the text. Fortunately, however, the Lord has provided the Holy Ghost, modern prophets, and additional scripture to help us recognize the many precious truths contained in the Bible. Mormons use all these sources, including the Bible, to learn and teach about God and His plan. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Tyler
Being a Mormon is wonderful. Immense peace and joy have come into my life from living the tenets of the Restored Gospel. As a member of the Church, I have had many opportunities to serve and be served, to learn, to grow, and to gain the knowledge and skills I need to help my family follow God's Plan, which really is a Plan of Happiness. I love being a Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tyler
Mormons absolutely believe in the doctrine of grace. Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, taught that "it is by grace we are saved after all that we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23) I know that I can never do enough, on my own, to bring about my salvation; that it is only through the enabling power of the grace of Jesus Christ that I can be made clean and worthy to return to the presence of God. I know that that grace can also change our lives in the here and now. It helps us overcome our weaknesses and become more holy - to shun the natural, worldly tendencies we all have and become true disciples of Christ. I am so grateful for my Savior, for His grace, and for the teachings of the Gospel that help me to better understand how I can gain access to that essential enabling power to improve my life and bring me joy. Show more Show less