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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm an actuary, a writer, a board game geek, a novice ukulele player, and yes—I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been writing and creating things for as long as I can remember. I play board games almost every weekend. It took me until my senior year of college before I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. During my California summers growing up, I spent most of my time in the pool. If I'm not wrestling my kids, I'm helping my wife—which often means wrestling my kids. I love music, and the first instrument I ever learned was the ukulele, which I picked up only recently. My wife Karen keeps me grounded, my kids keep me patient, and my faith keeps me going.

Why I am a Mormon

It's hard to be a Mormon. Christian and family values feel pretty unpopular nowadays. I am a Mormon because of personal conviction—I have studied, prayed, fasted, and searched. I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that God has prophets on the earth today. The simplest answer is that I have a personal witness from God's Spirit that this is truly His church. If it wasn't for that, I don't know what I would be. The world in which we live is not always friendly to Mormons, but that means nothing to me in the face of what I know to be right and true.

How I live my faith

My relationship with my Heavenly Father drives every decision I face. That's not an overstatement—that's just how much my faith and my religion are woven into my life. I work to support my family because I love my wife and kids and because I love my Father in Heaven and want Him to be proud of me. I am careful how I treat everyone around me because we're all God's children and we all have divine potential. I work on being patient with my family now because I'm preparing to live with them forever after this life. And I attend church every week and serve in the Church because I strive for constant self-improvement and because I want to serve my fellow man. And it's what Heavenly Father expects of me! His opinion matters more to me than I can put into words. I believe each week, each day, each hour is an opportunity to take one step closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I want to be like Them, so my faith in Them finds expression in almost every area of my life.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Tyler
Peace and order in life. It's the best way I can think to start my day. Immediately, I feel better—peaceful, ready to face the challenges of the day. Long-term, I feel transformed. I look back on my life and realize that many of the good habits and attributes I have come from reading the scriptures every day. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tyler
Someone once said we can do more with 90% of our money coupled with the Lord's help than we can do with 100% of our money without the Lord's help. I think that sums it up pretty well for me. It's also a test of faith: 10% is no small amount, financially speaking, but with that sacrifice comes a satisfaction that we are moving the Lord's work forward and a realization that we can do hard things for Him. Show more Show less

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

Tyler
Heavenly Father's plan is for us to become like Him. He created an earth for us to come to so we could obtain a physical body—something He has—and so we could have our faith tested to see if we would be obedient to His commandments. Death keeps us from having our bodies forever. Because Jesus Christ rose from the tomb after His death, He obtained power over death. As He resurrected, so will we be resurrected eventually. It was necessary for Jesus to come to earth to obtain a body and give His life so He could take it again and be physically perfected. Sin is breaking God's commandments, and sin makes us unclean. No unclean thing can dwell in God's presence, so sin keeps us from becoming like God and living with Him. Before His death, Jesus suffered for all mankind's sins and adversity. He was the only spiritually perfect person to ever live on the earth. He was able to suffer for all of us because of this. And because He suffered for us, He can grant us repentance, or a way to be reconciled to God. The suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ make up His Atonement. Because of His Atonement, we can be freed from the bondage of death and sin. Show more Show less