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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a dental student, husband, father, soccer & basketball player, and music lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the 5th of 10 kids, and am now married. My wife and I have two adorable sons. I am in dental school. I have been a member of the Church for my whole life and love it. I am an Eagle Scout, have gone on a mission, and like to play basketball at the church during weeknights (if I get my homework done!).

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a Mormon because my parents and all my family were, and I had been going to church every Sunday since birth. I was eventually baptized at the minimum age (8 years) because I loved how I felt at church and wanted to please my Heavenly Father. Even at that young age, I had received answers to my prayers asking if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the Book of Mormon was true. The answer was clear and undeniable: The Book of Mormon is true, and Joseph Smith was a prophet of God! I knew it then, and it hasn't changed. Those early answers have been reinforced time and time again in different situations and at different times. I have seen the influence of the Atonement bountifully in my own life and in other's lives. This knowledge provides me with direction, meaning, and joy for my life. The Gospel, as restored by Joseph Smith and originally taught by the Savior, is how God wants me and my family to live.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon is really a lot easier than it sometimes is depicted by stereotypes or the media. Aside from avoidance of addictive substances, living as a Mormon includes living a chaste, virtuous, and honest life. As a dental student, I obviously refrain from the temptation of cheating, and as a personal decision, I also take Sundays off from homework and other studying. Another plus of being a Mormon is that I get to go Home Teaching every month. Another Brother from the congregation and I are assigned to visit two other families on at least a monthly basis. This is really great for me, because it helps me build lasting friendships with people I may not get to know very well otherwise. My family is also on the receiving end of Home Teaching. It's nice to know that there is someone else out there--and nearby--who cares about my family's spiritual and temporal well-being. Since recently moving to a new city, I have been reminded about how wonderful it is to have a built-in network of friends in our new ward.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mormon Church services are held on Sunday mornings and usually last about three hours. As worship services should focus on the Savior and His Atonement, the first hour is "Sacrament Meeting", where as a congregation we pray, sing hymns, prepare and bless the sacrament, partake of the sacrament to renew our conviction and repent of our sins, and listen to speakers from the congregation. The second hour the congregation splits up into classrooms for Sunday School where we pray and then study the scriptures to find personal applications for our own lives. The final hour is split up by age for the children, and then by gender for the youth and adults. For me, as a husband and father, I attend a meeting called "Elder's Quorum" where we pray and learn from the scriptures and the teachings of modern-day prophets how and why I should be a better husband, father, brother, and son. Because one needs to be spiritually prepared to enter the Temples of the Church, sometimes people think that visitors are not welcome to the regular church meetings. This is not the case! We love new people coming to visit us. Whether you come to learn more about God, the Church, themselves, or out of plain curiosity, we love to have you here with us. If you have never been to a Mormon Church meeting before, just mention that to the first person you see when you walk in the door or as people are walking in, and someone will do their best to make you feel welcome, because you are. Show more Show less