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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, a father of two children, and enjoy spending as much of time with my wife and kids as possible. Together we spend time in the outdoors, visiting with family and friends, and just trying to build memories. I work in a management role in the energy industry. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, eating what I cook, and running--to counter the effects of the eating.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter Day Saint family and was raised with its Christian beliefs. However, like most people, there came a time in my life when I questioned the things I had been taught. I eventually had to find out for myself whether or not those things were right, and right for me. I did this. For me, the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings a tremendous amount of peace into my life in a tumultuous world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith and beliefs by striving daily to be an example of Christ-like living in my home, at work, and in my community. My wife and I try to teach our children what it means to be a Christian and offer service to those around us. In my local congregation, I oversee the instruction of both the adult and youth classes. Like many churches, we call these classes Sunday School.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Tyler
I believe firmly in the separation of church and state and therefore appreciate the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse political parties. What the Church does endorse, however, is each individual being being aware of issues that affect the moral fiber of our society and exercising their right, opportunity, and privilege to participate in the political process. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tyler
Everything that we have is a gift and blessing from a loving Father in Heaven. He endows His children with talents, skills, and knowledge that, in many cases, translate to earnings from a job. Paying tithing is a commandment instituted by the Lord in Old Testament times. Today, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to live this ancient commandment, and do so by paying one-tenth of their income. For me, paying tithing is a privilege and a way to show in a small way the gratitude that I have for the blessings God has given me. The interesting thing about paying tithing is that as I faithfully do so, God grants me even more. What He grants does not always come in the form of money (although this has happened), but an increased understanding of the role that He plays in my life and the lives of my wife and children. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Tyler
Many churches around the world have congregations made up of members of that church. Similarly, a congregation of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is called a ward. Individuals living within set geographical boundaries close to their homes are part of a given ward. Leadership positions within a ward are filled by its members; they serve voluntarily and are not paid for their time and efforts. I enjoy the fellowship of the members of my ward in Parker, Colorado. Associating with them strengthens me, helps me live my faith, and provides opportunities for Christian service. I also do what I can to help and uplift the members of my ward. Of course, close friendships develop within a ward and we gladly welcome those who may not be members of our ward to worship and fellowship with us. Show more Show less