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Hi I'm Tyler.

I grew up in a small prairie village but live in the big city now. I love to write fiction and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent several years working in the oil industry while I decided what I wanted to go to school for. All I ever wanted to do was write so I decided to enrol in a Professional Writing program at the local university. I'm still working part time in an oil refinery while I try to make some money as a fiction writer. Besides writing I also love going backpacking. The rocky mountain trails are the ones I frequent the most. I also love music. Live concerts are the best. Finding new music and following new bands is a lot of fun for me. Of course reading goes along with writing. Did I really need to say that? I'll read anything that is well written. A well told story with multi-dimentional characters can be enjoyed by all readers not just fans of the genre. 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. That is to say, my parents are Mormon, my grandparents are Mormon, and my great grandparents are Mormon. Despite growing up in the church I still had to make all the same choices that new members or investigators of the church would have to make. I still had to choose to be baptized. I still had to pray to know if the church was true and if what I was being taught every sunday was true. I still needed to learn what Heavenly Father's commandments were. I am a Mormon because I prayed and asked my father in heaven if this was the true church. I received an answer through the Holy Ghost and since then have tried my best to do what God has commanded. It's not always easy but the blessings I have received from following the commandments of God have helped make me happier then I otherwise would have been. I am constantly surrounded by amazing friends and an amazing support group. They all have the same values and beliefs as me so I never feel like I'm alone in my trials or struggles. We pray for each other. We genuinely care about each other. Being a Mormon has helped me learn how to serve others. It has taught me how to love the people around me.

How I live my faith

I am in a young single adult ward. That means all the people in my ward, except for the bishop, his councillors, and their wives, are unmarried people between the ages of 18 and 31. Lots of people in my ward are here going to school and are away from their families for the first time. We try to be there for them like their own family would be. We have weekly get togethers to build relationships together. I have a list of people int he ward that I visit. When I talk to them I make sure they have everything they need spiritually and temporally. I come to them with a message from the leaders of the church. We pray together and for each other. I make sure they have enough food, that they have a job, that school is going well, that they have friends, and that they know the ward is here for them. No one in the ward gets paid so we all get assigned different things to do in the ward. The bishop, as prompted by the spirit, extends these callings and we have the choice whether to accept or not. I believe these callings come from God. My past callings include Ward Group Leader; I was in charge of coming up with an activity for a small group of people every Monday, Physical Facilities Assistant; for this calling I helped clean up the building, Assistant Fireside Coordinator; monthly I helped organize firesides which is when someone comes to the ward to talk to the members about something spiritually uplifting, and Communications Director where I was in charge of updating the ward website.