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Hi I'm Tyler

I run marathons while trying to understand the human mind. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! If you were to find me, chances are that it would be outside running or on my laptop working on research. I enjoy running marathons and meeting people as I run. I mean, what better way to meet someone than to have them running by your side for three or four hours! When I am not running, I spend much of my time in school working on my PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Miami.

Why I am a Mormon

More than anything, I am a Mormon because it brings me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. In psychology, I find my religious views to be constantly under attack. Though hard at first, I now consider the opportunity to explore my faith in God in light of psychology a blessing. Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have found answers to questions that continue to puzzle psychologists. The peace in knowing that I am a child of God and that I have a divine purpose on earth helps me in my journey to understand the human mind.

How I live my faith

For me, my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a daily decision. I start each day spending time in the Book of Mormon and Bible coupled with sincere prayer. This basis helps give me direction throughout my day. I feel like I interact with other members of the church daily. We have activities what seems like nearly every night. Some are geared towards fostering unity within the group, others have a decidedly more spiritual tone, and others are markedly fun in nature. Because our church has a lay leadership, I help out with leading the missionary organization in my congregation. I am in charge of teaching in our hour long lessons on Sunday as well as making sure that each new person feels welcome in church. My favorite part about this calling is the opportunity that I have to visit my brothers and sisters in their homes and spend time with them. It is amazing to be part of such a great family!

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity is a divine law from God that helps us keep our minds and bodies clean. You may know that Mormons do not believe in having sex outside of marriage. This is because we believe that our bodies are gifts from God and that the gift of procreation (sex) is to be used primarily to unify a married couple and bring children into the world. As a 24-year old male, I am aware of the "normal lifestyle" of most men my age. Perhaps it is for this reason that I feel blessed by the law of chastity. I feel that I am able to have meaningful relationships with women that do not center on them as sexual objects. It is easier for me to focus in studies and in church and not be distracted. Finally, I know that it will make the day that I do get married, even more special and sacred. Show more Show less