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Hi I'm Tysen

I love skiing and science. I'm a student. I'm a mormon

About Me

I was born in Wyoming to two wonderful parents. My dad is in the Air Force, so I've moved all over the states. It's been tough moving a lot, but it's helped me create connections and learn how to make friends quickly. I played club volleyball in high school, and it was a lot of fun! I also made the varsity baseball team my junior year. I love playing sports with friends and having a good time with them outdoors. I am an avid scouter and earned my Eagle Rank. I also love to go skiing (not snowboarding) a lot! I'm studying biological sciences in college. I hope to enter medical school soon and become a doctor. I love to learn, and if I'm not outdoors having fun, I'm usually reading a book or studying.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were raised in the church. In fact, a lot of my ancestors were the early pioneers of the church. Naturally, my parents raised me with the Mormon lifestyle. I have really enjoyed being a member of this church. The reason why I continue to follow Christ's restored gospel is because I know that it's true. It's not because my parents know it's true, or because my friends know it too, or any other outside factor. I know for myself that Christ has restored His Church through Joseph Smith. I gained this witness when I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. The Holy Ghost bore witness to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and it continues to do so whenever I read it. Because of that witness, I know that following Christ's restored gospel will help me get back to Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday and fulfilling any duties I have at church. Right now, I'm in charge of the finances at my local congregation. I reimburse members for expenses during church activities and input all donations. I also check up on a few friends every now and then, and help them out any way that I can.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

We believe that when Jesus Christ came to the earth, He established his church, which was "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone." (Ephesians 2:20). After the death of the apostles, the foundation of the church was weakened and fell away. The authority that Christ had given to the apostles was taken off the earth because the people rejected them and their teachings. The earth was thrown into an apostasy, and many pure and simple truths were lost. The truth about the nature of God was debated and argued over. The procedure of baptism was changed, and no one seemed to agree on which way was the right way. These are just some of the signs that the living church Christ set up was lost. Many righteous people recognized that truths found in the Bible were not being taught by the church leaders. People such as Martin Luther, William Tyndale and other reformers sought to correct these false teachings and provide the opportunity for the common people to learn on their own. As a result, religious freedom was instituted, providing God the chance to restore His church and His priesthood in its fullness, "built upon the foundation of... apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone." Truths about God's plan for us, baptism, the nature of the Godhead, and more, were restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. These truths are found in the Book of Mormon, a record of the people that lived on the Americas anciently. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and helps us grow closer to Him. The priesthood authority needed to organize and run the church was restored, providing the opportunity for people to receive saving ordinances. Baptism must be done by someone holding the priesthood authority of God. That is why a restoration was needed. Show more Show less