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Hi I'm Ty

I'm a newlywed, a family therapist, and a graduate student... And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ty and I grew up in northern Utah, did full-time missionary work for the Church in New England, and finished my undergraduate work in Asian Studies and Business. After working for a couple of years for a consulting company in Washington, DC, I decided to go back to school to do graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy. I now live with my beautiful wife in Texas where I work as a therapist while pursuing a doctoral degee, also in Marriage and Family Therapy. I love hiking, running, eating, skiing, writing, strawberry cheesecake, beef ravioli, and Gladys Knight. I also love to travel and have lived or studied internationally in Japan, China, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt.

Why I am a Mormon

Because the Spirit has witnessed to me on multiple occasions that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the vehicle through which the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ will be spread to the world, and the receptacle into which all previously revealed truth will be gathered.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a reflection of God's love. If there's anything God has taught me over the last few years, it's how much He loves every one of His children, regardless of their mortal circumstances. My prayer is that as a follower of Him and His son Jesus Christ, I can in some small way be a witness of that love to others.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

One of the Savior's teachings that has most influenced me is that we are to treat all people with kindness and compassion. As the apostle John taught, "God is love" (1 John 4:8). The very being of God and Jesus Christ is such that They love infinitely. As Jesus calls us to follow Him, to become like Him and the Father, developing such Divine love within ourselves for Him and for others is of prime importance. This teaching, particularly as I've felt God's love for me personally, has inspired me to want to reach out to others to share that love with them. It inspires me to treat my wife more kindly and with more tenderness, to serve her, to see her more as God sees her, and to seek to emulate His love for her. It inspires me to do the same with others of my family, my friends, those in my congregation, those at my work, and those I may meet on the streets. If God and Jesus are Love, and the call of Jesus is to become like Them, then it is my quest to emulate such love—but I can only get it FROM them. As one Book of Mormon prophet taught, "Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons" (Moroni 7:48). My most fervent prayer and life practice is to be filled with a measure of God's love. As I do, I feel my life continually changed. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mormons believe in the Bible because we believe it is a collection of inspired writings and teachings of God's chosen prophets and apostles. God has guided His children from the beginning through prophets, and even though those prophetic writings were most often to a particular people in a particular age in a particular cultural context, Mormons believe that the spiritual principles that were guiding those teachings can be extracted and applied--as guided by the same Spirit that initially inspired them--to own lives today. So, whether a particular teaching came from Moses or Isaiah, Peter or Paul, we can find ways in which such counsel is relevant to our own lives and circumstances. Show more Show less