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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a High School teacher and a baseball coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports, especially Baseball. I was recently hired to teach history and be the head Varsity baseball coach at the high school that I went to. I love studying history and I know that understanding the history of the world teaches us a great deal about the world we live in today. I am also grateful that we live in America, where we have freedoms that most people in the history of the world have not had. Unfortunately, I am a passionate constitutionalist and I worry a great deal about our country and the fact that our leaders have a tendency to ignore the constitution and take away our freedoms. I was born and grew up in the Seattle area. Before high school, my family moved to Phoenix. I was able to go to BYU after that and played baseball for four years while on an athletic/academic scholarship. I took a two-year break during those years to serve as a missionary in Japan. While I was in college, I got married to my beautiful wife Ashley. Among the many adventures we have had in marriage was our four year adventure that we took when we moved to Pennsylvania where Ashley and I both went to graduate school. We loved our time on the East Coast, but we now have settled back in Arizona where we are both working and enjoying life. Unfortunately, we have not been blessed with children yet but we are praying that they will come soon. We love having the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and we are grateful for it everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to have wonderful parents who are also Mormon. My mom's parents both come from Mormon families and my dad's parents joined the church shortly before he was born. Although I was raised Mormon, I know that I would not still be a member if I did not find out for myself whether or not the church was true. I had to search for the truth and I found it just like other Mormons. I know that the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Jesus Christ. As a history teacher, I have studied the history of the world and know a great deal about the early gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, after Christ's death and resurrection, the truth of the gospel was not able to survive very long. Many people fell away from the truth and their was confusion within the Christian churches. Fortunately, the Lord loves us and has restored the fullness of his gospel to the earth. The fulness is found in only one place, and that is within the LDS Church. I know this is true and I am eternally grateful for it. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My wife and I love being members of the LDS Church and are very active in our local ward. As members of the Church, we participate in a congregation where no one is paid, but most everyone helps out in their own way. Members of the Church are asked to take "callings," which are volunteer assignments within the congregation. Currently, I am an assistant Deacons advisor. Deacons are Young Men, ages 12 and 13. I help out with the Young Men on Sundays and Wednesday nights, when the youth have meetings at the church building. In the past, I have many different callings within the church. Some of these have been in various leadership positions, teaching Sunday School, helping with Missionary work, etc. In addition to my calling, I also help our ward congregation out through hometeaching. Hometeaching is an opportunity for myself and another guy in the ward to go visit with a few of the families in the ward. We usually share spiritual messages with the families we visit and check on how they are doing. I love hometeaching because it gives us a chance to get to know a few families in the ward very well and gives us an opportunity to serve them. I believe that part of being a member of the LDS Church is that I don't just go to church on Sunday and do my calling and my hometeaching, but I am doing my best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ everyday. I read my scriptures (Book of Mormon, Bible, etc.) everyday and pray individually and with my wife. I live the gospel by obeying the Commandments. This includes things like the Word of Wisdom (I don't drink alcohol, coffee, tea, and I don't smoke or chew tobacco), the Law of Chastity (abstinence before I was married, complete fidelity within marriage), and paying tithing (10% of my income goes back to the Lord). The Lord has said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." I try my best to do that everyday of my life.