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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a bookworm. I'm a fun-lover. I'm one of fifteen children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am single, in my twenties, and serving a full-time religious mission. I also have fourteen siblings. Yeah, I know it sounds incredible, but it's true! I have a great craving for books, stories, and games. I love writing books and stories. I love fantasy and science-fiction novels. I have written a book, but I don't have it published. I love games of just about any kind, be they board games, card games, video games, or sports. My favorite sport is floor hockey. Or "sockey" as my family calls it. I am very family-oriented. I love my family and want to serve them all my life and beyond. Before I went on my mission, I went to college. When I am finished with my mission, I will finish my education. If I had my way, I would be a mad scientist and build a car so that it flies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but I know the Church is true because of the power of the Holy Ghost. My conversion to the Church isn't a single event. It is a process of prayer, faith, and listening to the still, small voice. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true because of the promptings of the Holy Ghost! The best way to summarize how I received this knowledge is to relate and experience that I had during my teenage years: When I was about sixteen or seventeen, I wanted my own spiritual confirmation that the Church was true. I already believed it was true, and I wanted it to be true, but I wanted to be able to say that I had received a powerful answer from the Holy Ghost. So, I read and prayed asking "Is the Book of Mormon true?" I had to be patient in getting an answer, and I waited over a period of weeks. Then, one day, I was reading from a workbook when the thought came into my mind that I knew that the Book of Mormon was true because I knew it was GOOD. And if it was good, then it was of God. As I thought that, a warm, powerful, yet small feeling pierced my heart. That wasn't when I first gained a testimony however. I feel like I have always known in my heart that the Church was true. I have felt such since childhood, and I firmly believe it is a knowledge which God has blessed me with since a very young age.

How I live my faith

I serve God as a full-time missionary. I am serving for two, full years sharing my testimony of what I know is true. I don't ask people to just believe me. I ask people to believe in Jesus Christ and in His Father, and to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, if the things I share are true. I do not try to convince people that what I live is right. Rather, I share what I have, and invite others to experiment with it as I have. I also serve others however I can. I have cleaned yards, volunteered in an assisted-living home, pruned bushes, built a fence, and many other things. I do not get payed for any of my service to God or my fellow-men. Nor do I desire any. I serve because I love helping people and pleasing God.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Tyler
We need a Savior if we are to enjoy God's blessings after we die. Jesus Christ is the only One through whom we can become clean from guilt and sin. He is also the only One through whom we can rise from the dead. If not for Jesus Christ, we would never have been able to become free of sin and death. Therefore, Jesus makes it possible for you and me to return to live in His presence. I know all of us can be freed from all our guilt and shame through Jesus Christ! Show more Show less

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

Tyler
Reading the scriptures will give you understanding about who you are, why you are here, where you are going after you die, and how to be happy. The Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures are all "road-maps," as they have often been called, to show you the way to eternal happiness. Reading the scriptures together teaches me how I can be the best person I can be. As I read scripture every day, I gain more and more insights on how to apply righteous principles like faith, love, and patience to my life. But perhaps even more important, as I read the scriptures, I feel the Holy Ghost more strongly in my life. Reading the scriptures invites the Spirit of the Lord into your life. And the Spirit of the Lord guides you in what you need to do. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Tyler
We believe that families are "ordained of God" as it is stated in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. We believe families are sacred and a beautiful part of God's Plan. We believe families can be together forever, even after death, if they are united in living the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And while families are on Earth, they should love each other, help each other, spend time together, and respect each other. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Tyler
This is the Lord's Church, and to be a member of His Church, you must meet His requirements. Some of these requirements include faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and baptism. When you are baptized, you are officially considered a member of the Church. If you meet with the missionaries or other Mormons, they should be able to guide you up that path. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Tyler
The Law of Chastity is a law of God which commands everyone to reserve sexual relations to one's spouse. It also is a law that commands us to maintain pure thoughts and abstain from pornography. I know that breaking this law is common these days. I also know that keeping our thoughts pure can be hard, particularly with all the temptations that surround us. But I know that God will help us and make it possible for us to be obedient. Disobeying the Law of Chastity brings terrible guilt and ruins lives and families. Obedience brings self-respect, confidence, and true happiness. And I also know that Jesus Christ can fix our lives if we are willing to turn our lives over to Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tyler
 Absolutely NOT! We revere and respect Joseph Smith in a way that most Christians revere and respect Moses and Abraham. Joseph Smith was a man whom God used as tool in His great plan. We learn and remember why Joseph Smith's story is important, but we only pray to God the Father. And we also worship His Son Jesus Christ. We worship no other. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Tyler
We got tagged with the nickname "Mormons" in the 1800s by people who weren't part of our Church. This name was in reference to the Book of Mormon, which we hold as scripture like the Bible. "Mormon" is not our official name. Our official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, we don't feel offended being distinguished as "Mormons."  Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Tyler
Definitely! We believe that the traditional family unit was approved by God even before He made the Earth. As such, we believe that families were not meant to end after this life. We believe that God, since Adam and Eve, have provided a way for husbands and wives to continue in that relationship throughout the eternities. We believe that to be together forever, a husband and wife must be sealed together in God's Temple. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tyler
A testimony is a witness that you know something is true. When Mormons speak of a "testimony" we usually are referring to our belief in the Church, in Jesus Christ, and His Gospel. To give you an example, I will tell you MY testimony in Jesus Christ I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World and the Son of God. And I know that because the Holy Ghost taught me this. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Tyler
The Mormons are the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are Christians who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. We are different from everybody else because we believe that Jesus organized this Church and that it is the very same Church He organized while He was on the Earth. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Tyler
Jesus Christ organized the Church through the man and prophet Joseph Smith. Jesus Christ commanded Joseph Smith to organize the Church as Jesus Christ had set it up while He was on the Earth. Joseph Smith obeyed our Lord and organized the Church, receiving visions and revelations to guide him on how to do so. It is a little bit like God instructing Noah to build the Ark. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Tyler
We believe that our bodies die, but our spirits which are in each of us continue to live, independent of our bodies. After we die, our spirits go into a place called the "Spirit World." In this world, the spirits of wicked men and women dwell in a state of misery and torment which we call spirit prison. The spirits of the righteous dwell in a state of paradise. Both wicked and righteous people live in the Spirit World and wait for the day of Final Judgment, when we will be reunited with our bodies and judged according to our deeds and receive our rewards. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Tyler
The Gift of the Holy Ghost gives us the right, so long as we are worthy, to have the Holy Ghost with us always to guide us in our lives. The Holy Ghost is like a friend who is always there to warn us of danger, give us heavenly counsel, and on occasion empower us to further the Lord's Work. And it is among the greatest of all the gifts God can give us! Show more Show less