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Hi I'm Kyler

I am a gifted musician, I love hiking in the outdoors, I am a Brigham Young University graduate in Microbiology, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy playing the piano, organ, guitar, string bass, and sing. I also love to play sports, learn about new things, go camping, and hang out with my family. I am an Eagle scout of the organization Boy Scouts of America, and I have participated in Utah's State solo and ensemble music festival, with a Superior I rating on the string bass. I also love being a member of this church.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a mormon? I have been raised in the gospel since my birth, and being in Utah, I associated with many people of the LDS chruch. These things heavily contributed to my activity in the church, but the reason I am a Mormon is because I know that the chruch is true. This knowledge did not come from an amazing spiritual manifestation, but just simple little confirmations from living life day by day. Looking back on my life, I can see how the church was a key foundation to who I am, and it is what has kept me going through life, espeicially the hard times. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ, in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, is real and is for both you and me. Through the Atonement we not only find a remission of sins as I have found to be true, but also peace and comfort in times that are difficult, because he walked the paths that we have and willl walk while he suffered through the Atonement. Because He suffered for us, you and I have reason to rejoice and have hope in this life, as well as the life to come. Becuase of this and many other reasons, I am honored to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in my church and by being involved in my community. I have done this by playing in a local community symphony, playing the piano at an old folk's home, and organizing a humanitarian effort of hygeine kits and medical supplies for an orphanage in Nigeria, Africa. I also served a 2-year proselyting mission to the Hispanic population in North Carolina. Best of all, I love doing little acts of service to those in need.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kyler
Because we have beliefs that are much different than the common churches in the earth. Some examples are that we believe in modern, continuing revelation, and that certain ordinances need to be preformed to receive eternal life. Other than that, we are actually very similar to other churches. We just have more because of modern revelation. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Kyler
Because in order to receive salvation, there are two necessary components: grace and works. Grace is provided by our Savior when he went through the atonemeent. Because of that, we can repent and become clean. Also, works are necessary to show Heavenly Father our faith and our desire to return to Him. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Kyler
They are used to preform what are called "ordinances" for the living and the dead. These things include baptisms for the dead, the confirmation/gift of the Holy Ghost dead, marriages for all time and eternity for both living and the dead, and joining children to parents for all time and eternity also known as "sealings" for the living and the dead. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Kyler
There are many ways to find out more. There are always the local missionaries from our church, but there is also the website www.lds.org, and there are phone numbers which you can call to find out more. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Kyler
Because they know for themselves me included that the church is true, and they want to share the sweet message of the gospel with the world. They know how it has truly impacted their lives, and they want the same goodness for all of God's children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Kyler
Yes, we believe he is the literal Son of God. We believe that he was sent to earth to restore his Church, to atone for our sins, and also be resurrected, or raised from the dead. He did these two latter things so that we can repent of our sins, and also that we can be able to overcome the obstacle of death in the life after this earth life. We also believe that he was perfect, without sin, so that he could suffer the Atonement suffering for our sins for us. We also believe that he lives today, and will yet again return to the earth in the future to rule and reign his people. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kyler
Through revelation and divine guidance, Joseph Smith restored the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is also known as the Mormon Church. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kyler
Yes, and I know that one lives today. His name is President Thomas S. Monson. He has the same authority that Joseph Smith had in the 19th century which has been passed down by other prophets to him, which is also the same authority that Moses had in the days of the children of Israel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kyler
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We only worship Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We honor and recognize that Joseph Smith was a prophet who restored the true church back upon the earth, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kyler
Because then it provides an opportunity to all those who have passed on without the gospel to be able to receive this ordinance. Since we cannot return to God's presence without it, it is vital that everyone receive the opportunity. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Kyler
Because it is the basic unit of our church. Everything that is done in the church is centered around the family. This is where children can be raised up by parents in a loving atmosphere and taught correct principles that will bless them the rest of their lives. The greatest sorrows along with the greatest joys are experienced in the family, and many important things happen within the family. That is why the family is so important in our church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Kyler
They baptize their new members because it is an ordinance that is necessary for salvation. Without it, we cannot be admitted into the presence of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kyler
The prophet that lives today, just like Moses and Joseph Smith were, is Thomas S. Monson. He holds the same authority as all of God's prophets that have walked the earth. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Kyler
God himself does. Through revelation and divine guidance, the Presidency of the Chruch President Monson and his two counselors, along with the Quorum of the twelve apostles, are guided in the decision of the next prophet. Since the prophet Joseph Smith, though, the decision has always been the most Seinor Apostle of the 15 aforementioned, or the person who has been the apostle the longest. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Kyler
It is used to build temples, meetinghouses, and other edifices of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Kyler
We believe that after we die, that we live in a world where we only have our spirits, without our bodies. After we have been judged by God, and if we have done good in this world, we can have "eternal life", which is the opportunity to live in the presence of God for forever. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kyler
Prophets, like Moses, that lived on the American continent from the time period of 600 B.C. to 421 A.D. wrote the book of Mormon. They wrote it just like Matthew and John in the Bible. Joseph Smith translated not "wrote" this book so that we can read it today. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kyler
Just like a "testimony" in court, it is our witness of the things we know are true. Some examples include the knowledge that the church is true, the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Kyler
One great example that tells me that there is a God is the earth that we live on. Isn't it amazing how the world is such a large sphere, yet is so intricate even down to the tiniest atom? With these two ideas and all things in between, everything works so perfectly so to be able to provide those things which are necessary to sustain life. Then, there is also the entire universe to look at - billions of stars in the sky, a sun that is perfectly positioned so that our earth is not too hot or too cold to sustain life, and how it all ties together to work just right. This and other things testify to me that there is a God. Show more Show less