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Hi I'm Tyson

I'm a Missionary in St.Louis, MO. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Northern Utah in a house of Mormons with one brother and five sisters. When I was about 10 my youngest sister passed away from leukemia. It was a hard time for my family and I didn't really understand quite what had happened. thinking back now after understanding the principles of Mormonism it makes me happy and a little upset that she left the rest of us amongst the living to go to heaven. My favorite pass-time was coaching fencing for junior high students,.. oh, and hiking, fishing, hunting, snow skiing, water skiing, swimming, off-roading, drawing, writing, rafting, scouting, camping, fixing things, breaking things, reading, learning and for the most part, breathing. When I turned seventeen I joined the Military to work on Helicopters. I'm one of the weird people who can say I had a great time. I had my face down in the mud and was getting paid to shoot rifles. I love shooting rifles. Now I'm a helicopter mechanic and I'm loving every moment of it. I love serving my country!  

Why I am a Mormon

A big part of why I choose to be a Mormon is my family. I love them all so much but that wasn't enough to keep my faith. All through high school I was antagonistic towards any organized religion and thought of it as an unessential part of living. I think the first time I had ever recognized the spirit in my life was at a camp out with my friends when one of the local church leaders said something that I have now completely forgotten. I was fourteen and didn't write a journal. It was enough of an experience that gave me a small seed of faith that was a constant reminder in the back of my head. When I joined the military in 2008 I realized that I was most happy when I was with my family and doing good things related to the church. The more I let the spirit change me the more I became a better person. The new, happier person I had become was more than convincing evidence to me that this was the true religion of God.

How I live my faith

I'm on a mission for the church telling people about the Church and inviting them to come follow Christ. I enjoy helping the youth of our church and letting them know that the Lord doesn't ask us to give away our personality or our individuality. He just asks us to do our best to be righteous. I think the biggest way of showing my faith in the Lord is by rendering as much service as I can. I'm happier when I'm giving away my time effort and talents than at any other time, except, maybe, for when I'm skiing. There isn't much that's happier than that. That is one of the major reasons that I joined the military and came on a mission. It was another opportunity for me to serve other people.   

What is the priesthood?

Tyson
The Priesthood is my obligation to live worthily to represent God. As I exercise the privilege of acting in his name he works mighty changes in my heart. Almost like a guitar played by a famous rock-star. Amazing music was able to come forth through the use of a finely tuned instrument. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Tyson
Modesty only attracts valuable attention. Using our physical figure to attract attention draws away from our inner beauty and inspires unchaste desires. When we practice modesty people will accept us for who we are and not the vain objects and momentary features and pleasures that could very well disappear after a while. Through being modest people won't be attracted to WHAT we are but to WHO we are. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Tyson
through the principle that Christ taught we learn to place the others in our family first. When a difference of opinion arises we resolve conflicts with soft answers. We become patient with others and respect their concerns and grow to love them. Most of all when we make mistakes we humbly resolve the problem by learning to forgive all who offend us. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Tyson
More importantly, Why not? If God loves everyone he would do mighty miracles to all that are willing to show love to him and faith in his name. The Book of Mormon describes a people that had great faith in their Savior and were blessed because of it with the gift of His presence. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Tyson
We are fully immersed into water to wash our sins away. it is symbolic of the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the first necessary ordinance to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Show more Show less