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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a geologist, a husband and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second oldest of five kids, four boys and one girl. My ancestors on my Dad’s side of the family have been members of the church for several generations, while my mom’s immediate family were introduced to the church by some friends and baptized when she was 17 years old. Growing up my family moved regularly due to my Dad's job. As a result, I love to travel and explore new places! I have been married for three years and my wife and I have been blessed with two great boys! I love spending time with all of them, learning and growing together. Watching and playing sports, camping and hiking, and reading good books - particularly historical fiction - are some of my hobbies. I also enjoy listening to classic rock, country, classical music, and gospel hymns. Although I'm not a great singer, I just can't get enough of good old fashioned musicals with their genuine humor and wholesome storylines. As a geologist, I'm fascinated with this world we live in and all of the processes that go on to shape it. I'll finish my college degree next year, and I hope to have a career in the oil and gas industry.

Why I am a Mormon

My Dad served in the military, and all told I've found a home in seven different states and three countries. No matter where I lived though, I always had my family and the church. I grew up learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ from both my parents and many other good members of the church that we befriended along the way. Each day I try to live the principles I’ve been taught, to follow Christ’s example. Personal prayer and scripture study have been particularly important in helping me to come to know truth for myself. The scriptures promise us that if we ask with faith, God will answer our prayers. His answers most often come by the power of the Holy Ghost, who is a teacher and comforter sent by God to help us. The Holy Ghost communicates with us by prompting us with thoughts and feelings of peace, joy, hope, and understanding to our mind and to our heart. These promptings come as a result of us trying to live and do what Jesus Christ has taught us, and they confirm that He is real and that His teachings are true. I know for myself that God is our Heavenly Father and that He sent His Son, our elder brother Jesus Christ, to make it possible for all of His Children to return to live with Him after this life. His Church has been restored to the earth, with living prophets and Apostles, revelation, and priesthood authority.

How I live my faith

From 2004-2006 I served a mission in Monterrey, Mexico. I love the food, the people, and the open-door culture of the neighborhoods where I lived during those two years. It was truly a privilege to share my faith in and testimony of Jesus Christ with those good people. Now I enjoy accompanying the missionaries who are serving here in Fort Worth to visit with people that they are teaching. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of life's problems and challenges. God’s plan for His children is too important to not share with others, especially after all of the happiness that it has brought to me and my family. Each Sunday my wife and I take our boys to Church. While there, we partake of the sacrament, bread and water, to remember the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ and renew our personal commitment to follow Him. We pray, study the scriptures, sing uplifting hymns, and enjoy the company of other good people who are also trying to live the Gospel better each day. We also try to maintain the habit of praying and reading the scriptures together as a family. Monday night is family night for us, a chance to spend time together playing games, perhaps enjoying some food or treat, and having a short lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tyler
The Atonement is the personal sacrifice that Jesus Christ made to overcome sin and physical death on our behalf. It began near Jerusalem in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Golgotha, and ended with His Resurrection from the tomb three days later. Physical death (the separation of our mortal body from our immortal spirit) and sin (also called spiritual death), are two important consequences of the Fall of Adam and Eve. When we disobey God’s commandments we separate ourselves from His presence and require the assistance of someone else to meet the requirements of justice and pay the price for our sins. Jesus is our Savior, that ‘someone else’ who payed for our sins and now invites us to follow His teachings. By completing the Atonement, Christ payed the price for our sins and overcame physical death through the Resurrection. All of God’s children who have ever lived on the earth will be Resurrected and receive an immortal body. To overcome spiritual death, which is the result of sin, we must repent. We can be forgiven and draw closer to God in this life by trying each day to be more like Him. If we are righteous, we can live with our Heavenly Father after this life. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tyler
A testimony is a sure knowledge of truth given to an individual by the Holy Ghost. Since all truth comes from God, and He is our loving Heavenly Father, all of His children can and should have their own testimony. But how do we begin to gain a testimony for ourselves? In the New Testament we read that Jesus invited us to put His teachings to the test: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). As we try to obey God’s commandments we will feel the confirmation of the Holy Ghost that what we are doing is right. The Holy Ghost, also called the Spirit or Holy Spirit, is a member of the Godhead. He serves as a messenger from God, and bringing thoughts and feelings of peace, joy, comfort, and understanding in our heart and in our mind. I have put this process to the test throughout my life, and gained a personal testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that His Gospel is true, and when I obey God’s commandments I am blessed with great joy and peace. I also know that God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, and that he restored Christ’s true church to the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are scripture, written by prophets of God to help us know how to live our lives. I invite you to study, pray, and ask God for yourself if these things are true. I know that He answer’s our prayers if we ask in faith, with a sincere heart. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Tyler
In Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Our Heavenly Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to teach all of His other children - you and me - about the Plan of Salvation. We can exercise faith in Jesus by learning His Gospel and living it's principles and doctrines in our daily lives. Having faith in Jesus Christ is more than just stating that we believe. We must show Him that we believe by repenting of our sins, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and enduring to the end. These are all essential steps in God's Plan of Salvation for His children. When we do these things that God has commanded us, we show Him that we love Him. Show more Show less