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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm an animal lover, I love being outdoors, I especially enjoy hiking, I'm a college student, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My family is currently living in Texas, meanwhile I am going to college in Idaho. I am majoring in Large Animal Veterinary work, and so far am absolutely loving it! I returned from serving a mission in Phoenix, Arizona. I really enjoy being outdoors and so I'm having to be creative in finding ways to do outdoor things in the midst of studying but it has been very enjoyable for me here. I am the oldest of 5 siblings with 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters. I am truly grateful to be an older brother, even if that wasn't always the case growing up, it is a great blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because of the testimony I have received of it. Though I was born into a family that are all members of the church I had several experiences that made me want to find out for myself if this church was true. I read through the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. I received peace that confirmed that what I had been taught was true. I try to continue to pray to Heavenly Father to strengthen my testimony of the Restored Gospel and most importantly of my Savior Jesus Christ. I love the hope and strength that this testimony gives to me. It helps me to move forward with the confidence that no matter what trials I face the Savior will help me through it. He suffered through the pain of Gethsemane and the Cross for me, He laid down His life willingly for me, and He rose again on the third day for me. And, because of that, all my mistakes and imperfections can be erased and corrected. So that one day I can enter into His rest and have eternal peace and eternal joy.

How I live my faith

I believe that the greatest way we can show our faith in Christ is by loving those around us. And by that I mean more than just feeling the emotion. I mean going and visiting people when they're sick or feeling down. I mean not shying away from service projects. And in that way I believe we can come to understand at least a small part of the love that our Savior has for each and every one of us. He loved us more than He loved Himself, that's why He was able to do make the sacrifice that He did for us. If we in our limited way can try to express that kind of love to those around us, then we will truly have accomplished something in this life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

 No, it is not mandatory for anyone to serve a mission. However for the young men of the church it is reffered to as a Priesthood Duty, meaning that they have a responsibility as priesthood holders to share the gospel with others by serving a full time mission. Young women are not under that kind of obligation to serve but if circumstances allow they are also encouraged to serve as full time missionaries. Show more Show less

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

The first step is to begin to meet with the Missionaries that are in your area. You can request to have them come to your home by giving your contact information to either Mormon.org by clicking on missionary request at the top of the page, or by calling 888-537-2200. The Missionaries will come and teach you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how gaining your own testimony of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and Modern day Prophets will help you in your life. They will invite you to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized by someone holding the priesthood authoriy of God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The Priesthood is the authority or permission given to men to act in the name of God. A man must hold the priesthood in order to do things like baptize, give the Gift of the Holy Ghost, bless the sacrament, and bless the sick and afflicted. This authority was lost from the earth after the deaths of Christ's Apostles and was restored to the earth by the Lord through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

 Absolutely! The Bible is an invaluable record of Gods dealings with the Jews and of the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ!   Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A "testimony" is knowledge of gospel things that has been given to us by the Holy Ghost. When speaking of their testimony people will often say that they know that what they are talking about is true. We can gain a testimony of anything we want to really KNOW to be true. A testimony can come in a wide variety of ways but the most common ways are through feelings and impressions that come to our minds and hearts when we pray for confirmation that something we have learned is true and as we read the scripures, as well as through experiences that we have as we live gospel principles. Seeing the blessings that come as we apply the things we learn is an excellent way to know if something is true. However it is important to pray for the Holy Ghost to tell you if something is true and to help you to recognize your answer when you get it.  Show more Show less