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Hi I'm Tyler Tola

I'm Asian, I'm a beast mode rockstar, I can believe it's not butter, and I'm awesome. Wait... what? Oh. Right. I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

I grew up in St. George, Utah. Man, Southern Utah has so much to explore! I just love being outside! But if I have to be inside, put me in a garage with a few friends and some instruments and we'll go to town. Music rocks my world and floats my boat. The only thing better than listening to music is making it. And the only thing better than making music is making music with my homeboys/girls (homepeople?). I love dummm humor, anything with two wheels and a motor, and eating. I'm allergic to things I don't like, such as rap. During the summer I get paid to help people have fun at the Grand Canyon! Who could ask for a better job? Life has taught me to just be happy no matter what. Times will be tough, sure, but it will be a whole heck of a lot tougher if you're sitting there complaining about it. Ok. That's it. See you tomorrow.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed in Jesus Christ. Being raised Mormon contributed to that. Because of curiosity, first of all, I did look at other beliefs. I wanted to know what made us so different. That led me to questioning and honest study and prayer. Through the Holy Ghost, my basic belief turned into conversion to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have studied the doctrines of many different faiths and have found that none have brought me closer to my Savior than that of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, because it teaches true faith in Him, repentance, and provides all of the tools necessary to draw ever closer to Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon doesn't by any means take away from being Christian, but completes it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the Doctrine of Christ taught by all of the prophets, both ancient and modern, and by the Savior Himself. I exercise my faith in Jesus Christ by continual re-evaluation of my life, repentance, and changing things that are inconsistent with His teachings. I make covenants with my Heavenly Father and strive every day to keep them. I strive to follow the Spirit and pattern my life after that of the Savior's; serving, teaching, and inspiring good in others. I keep the commandments. I keep my standards high and try not to let them go down with the rest of the world. Being a true Christian requires not just a declaration, but whole-hearted commitment to give your life to the Master.

Are Mormons Christians?

Tyler Tola
As members of His restored church, Latter-Day Saints have a very strong and very real conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Savior of all mankind. We have the witness of the Holy Bible, which testifies of His divinity, and that witness is strengthened by the Book of Mormon: Another Testamant of Jesus Christ. With this second witness, our faith and knowlege of His atoning sacrifice grows and strengthens through the power of the Holy Ghost as we sincerely seek truth and strive to strengthen our personal relationships with the Lord. We know that the way to truly build that relationship is to show our devotion to our Savior and our desire to follow Him by showing our faith and excercising repentance, being baptized by His restored authority, recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and life-long endurance. Obedience to His commandments will keep us on the path of righteousness, which path leads to Eternal Life. We know who our Savior is, and we show our love to Him through our actions and our desires. We strive to live our lives in harmony with His teachings. Through baptism into His church, we take upon ourselves His name, and promise to always remember him. We do not use the symbol of the cross, simply because we know that Christ lives, and that is the condition in which we praise Him. The symbol of our Cristianity is the way we live our lives, in hope that we may be a "light on a hill," that others "may see [our] good works, and glorify [God]." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tyler Tola
Salvation comes by the grace of God. It is by His grace that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins. It is by His grace that we are all saved from physical death, because of that atonement. It is by His grace that we are granted a period of time in this life to develop and exercise our faith. It is by His grace that we have been given the opportunity to repent. It is by His grace that we are given free agency, or the ability to choose right from wrong, so that we can learn and grow from our experiences. It is by His grace that He has restored the fulness of His gospel and His presthood authority to the earth so that we have full access to Jesus Christ's Atonement. It is by His grace that, through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we may dwell with our families in the presence of our Heavenly Father throughout the eternities. Yes, it is by grace that we are saved, as long as we are willing to accept it. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tyler Tola
No one in the Church is required to serve a full-time mission. We are all, however, required to be missionaries. There are many circumstances that may disable full time missionary service, but the charge is given to all who enter into the covenant of baptism by Priesthood authority to share the restored gospel with those whom they love and associate with. Those who choose to serve full time do so voluntarily and without pay, and they serve wherever the Lord needs them, as with every other calling in the Church. Everyone else does their best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and to "be an example of the believers." They seek for opportunities to share the message of the restored gospel in everyday life. Show more Show less