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Hi I'm Tyler Glade

I'm a college student, a chemist, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children. I enjoy good books, am interested in Chemistry, and love singing. I am currently a college student studying Chemistry. I enjoy how science, literature, and the fine arts all inform and confirm my faith. All good things in life truly testify to me that there is a loving God.

Why I am a Mormon

For most of my life I was a Mormon because my family was all Mormon. For a time I do not think I fully understood what being a member of this church meant, but I knew it was blessing my family and that we were happy because of it. As a teenager I had to start making more decisions for myself. Some of these decisions had to do with the way I would live my life. I had to consciously decide that I would continue to live my life according to what the prophets of this church taught. It has been hard at times, but the comfort, peace, and security that come from living the teachings of Christ have more than made up for the trials I have faced. I am a Mormon, because I know for myself that we have living prophets that speak for God today just as Moses or Isaiah did in their days.

How I live my faith

I seek to live my faith by serving others. Some of this service is in the form of formal assignments in my congregation including the assignment to be particularly aware of the physical and spiritual welfare of specific members of the congregation. Through this assignment I can be available to serve them if they ever have need of help. Also, I love being able to offer random service throughout my day. Often this is in the form of giving strangers rides around town on cold days. I also enjoy volunteering as a tutor at my college. I am in no way perfect, but I can strive each day to be the Lord's hands in someone's life.

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

Tyler Glade
When God calls prophets he gives them authority to act in His name and to establish His Church. Christ and His Apostles had this authority. When they died the authority they had was not passed on. There was no one on Earth who was called of God to run His church. Because of this some of the teachings and practices were changed and the true Church of Christ was lost. The authority God had given to His Prophets needed to be brought back. The Bible is indeed the Word of God, but having the Bible does not mean someone has authority to run God's church. The Bible itself teaches that a man must be "called of God" (Hebrews 5:4). Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tyler Glade
A testimony is a knowledge that God is our Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, that Joseph Smith was called by God to restore and reestablish Christ's Church, that the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Jesus Christ, and that we have living prophets today. This knowledge comes from the Holy Ghost. As we sincerely seek to know the truth and pray to God in the name of Christ to know, we receive a personal witness from the Holy Ghost. This witness will generally come as thoughts or impressions in our minds and feeling in our hearts. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Tyler Glade
We teach, as did Christ, that baptism is essential for salvation. Christ told Nicodemus that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) If we are sincere in our repentance before baptism, then when we are baptized we are forgiven of our sins and "washed clean." Along with baptism (the birth of water) comes confirmation and the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (the birth of the Spirit). As we follow the Spirit's guidance through the rest of our lives we can successfully navigate the troubles we will face. We can renew our baptism and be clean again each week as we partake of the sacrament at church. As Christ teaches, baptism is symbolic of a birth. It is the death of our sinful life and habits and our rebirth into a spiritual life. We are "born again." Baptism is also symbolic of Christ's death and resurrection. Thus we baptize by immersion. We are "buried" in the water (death) and lifted again out of the water (rebirth, resurrection). Baptism is "unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin." (Moroni 8:10) Little children who do not understand the difference between right and wrong are not baptized before they are accountable. The age of eight has been declared the "age of accountability." (see Doctrine and Covenants 68:27; also 29:46-47) Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Tyler Glade
Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are great examples of virtue, compassion, wisdom, and love. They are active in their families, congregations, and communities. They are often highly educated and are always greatly blessed with talents and gifts from God. All people are equal in the sight of God. Men and Women are both essential in God's plan for our lives on earth and after death. Men and women are unique and are counseled to each take greater responsibilities in certain aspects of life. Fathers are the main provider for and act as the head of the family. They should act in love and righteousness in their sacred patriarchal duties. "Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children." These focuses in the father's and the mother's life do not place them on unequal footings. Rather, they are expected to work together, to lift and serve each other, and to be equal partners in their marriage. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tyler Glade
As Christians we worship God, the Eternal Father and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a man, albeit an exemplary one. His sincere desire to know what course he should take in his life concerning religion led to him becoming a great instrument in the Lord's hand. We are thankful for his faithfulness in acting according to the will of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Through Joseph Smith, God has returned to the earth the simple truths of His gospel that bring true and eternal happiness. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Tyler Glade
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a book of scripture that testifies of Christ's divinity. The Bible records the Lord's dealings with His people in the "Old World." It also contains the narration and teachings of Christ's life and the ministry of the Apostles. The Book of Mormon records the lives and teachings of a people and their prophets who were led to the Americas 600 years before Christ's birth. These prophets in the Americas taught the people of Christ, His life, ministry, and Atonement. After Christ's death and resurrection He appeared to the people in the Americas. There He established His church and taught His gospel, just as He had in the Holy Land. The Book of Mormon does not detract from the Bible, but rather compliments and establishes its testimony of Christ. Any honest seeker of truth will feel the Spirit of Christ testify to their soul concerning the veracity of the Book of Mormon and its witness of Christ. Show more Show less