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Hi I'm Tyler

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a college student preparing for pharmacy school and a husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Idaho and grew up with three younger sisters. After high school, I served a mission in McAllen, TX and learned to love the people and the culture there. After returning home from my mission in 2014, I married my beautiful wife in the Idaho Falls temple. In temples, we can be married for time and all eternity, meaning that I know that my wife and I will be married forever, even after this life. We are both students currently, balancing busy schedules! She will graduate soon with a degree in elementary and special education, and I am working towards a bachelor's degree in biology. I hope to attend pharmacy school afterwards, and pursue a career in pharmacy. Family is one of my biggest priorities in life, so I base my choices in work or school on what will be most beneficial to my family. We attend a ward, or congregation, here by the campus that is comprised of all newly married students with their spouses. It's a lot of fun to attend church and worship the Savior with people our same age and working on similar goals in life.

Why I am a Mormon

The most important thing in my life is my family. I love them so much! One of the church's biggest focuses is the family. By being members of this church, we learn how to be happy as a family. I know that this gospel blesses us so much. My wife and I were married in the temple, which is a holy place where we can be sealed together, or married for time and eternity. This means that our marriage will last beyond this life, and we will be together again with our children. This brings a lot of comfort to me in a changing world. When we apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in our marriage, such as love, service, humility, compassion, etc... we see that our marriage is strengthened and we grow closer to one another. I've also learned through my own experience that obedience to God's commandments brings us true and lasting happiness. None of us are perfect, and we all make mistakes. In my own life, it has been easy for me to recognize that when I haven't obeyed the commandments as well as I should have, I haven't been as happy or hopeful for the future. Jesus Christ came to be our Savior for just that reason. As we humble ourselves and ask our Heavenly Father for strength to overcome our weaknesses and our temptations, we can become clean and be forgiven for our mistakes. And as we continue on in life, following the Savior's path, we are blessed with peace and happiness in our personal lives and in our families.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by doing things daily that reflect the beliefs and values that I have. I do have a formal calling in the church as a member of the Bishopric, so I help oversee and plan a lot of what goes on in our congregation. But aside from that, I try to live my life in a way that would make my Heavenly Father proud of me and the choices I make. I try to avoid media that is inappropriate, and choose instead to fill my life with positive things. I strive to be hardworking and honest in the workplace and in school - I feel that when I am honest with others, I am living my faith because so many of my peers choose not to be honest. My wife and I really enjoy getting to know others around us and doing little things to serve them. We like making treats for the neighbors, or having other couples over for a game night. To sum it up, I try to live my faith by being a friend to others and standing by correct principles, so that I can be an example to others.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

As Mormons, we just try to be happy. Our whole church is focused on families and how we can grow closer as a family. By following simple commandments, such as reading our scriptures, praying, and attending church, we are able to do that. In short, we try to do everything that is good, clean, and uplifting. Some people seem to ask, "Well, why can't you do this or that?" My response to that would be, "It's not that I can't, it's that I choose not to." As members of the church, we are blessed with knowledge of how to be truly, lastingly happy. We can have the sort of happiness that can't really be described, it can only be felt. The closest I can come to describing it is describing how it feels to hold a newborn baby. Think of that peace, joy, and love that you feel. That is how we try to live every day. Show more Show less