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Hi I'm Ty

I grew up on a farm in Idaho. I am now married, a father, and currently studying medicine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Idaho and loved it so much. I am the oldest of 6 kids, so we all enjoyed the open spaces and clean air. We had horses, dogs, four-wheelers, and a whole lot of space. What could be better for a young boy? Nothing. After graduating from high school I served as a missionary for the church. I served for two years in the the countries of South Africa and Botswana. Talk about an eye-opening experience! Going from a farm in Idaho to South Africa was an incredible culture shock. It was the most amazing two years of my life. I learned so much about life, charity, and humility. I met so many wonderful people who will be eternal friends. Upon returning home I started college as a pre-med student. I majored in Neuroscience, which I have an extreme passion for. As a sophomore, I started working as a medical assistant which re-affirmed my love for medicine. My career path changed slightly and I set my sites on the Physician Assistant career. I chose this path because I feel that PAs are able to have more of a family life than doctors are, while still able to practice medicine and help patients. I am now attending PA school. It is really hard and really overwhelming, but I enjoy it. I love fishing, hunting, biking, and shooting. I married the girl of my dreams nearly four years ago and we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. I love being a father and a husband more than anything in this life. I find such happiness in these strong family relationships!

Why I am a Mormon

I am actually a fifth generation Mormon. I was born into the church. HOWEVER, the reason I am a member of this church is not because I was born into it. To be honest, I would have fallen from the church a long time ago, except that I had some incredible experiences when I was younger that changed my life. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that my Heavenly Father told me that this church is true. I've had so many incredible experiences that have solidified my testimony of these things to a point where I could never ever deny it. When I was about 15 years old, I had no testimony of these things at all. The rules in our home were founded on the teachings of the church, but this didn't mean that I believed the church was true. It just meant that I knew no other way of life. At that point, I made a conscious decision to go against some of the things my parents and the church had taught me. After all, why should I let it control me? It only took about a month before I realized that all happiness and peace had disappeared from my life. It was as if I was in darkness and I constantly felt anxious and stressed. I decided to change my ways and came back in line with the teachings of the church. Peace returned and that was a testimony to me that these teachings are from God. Before serving as a missionary, I was struggling emotionally one evening. I don't remember why, only that I felt very sad and alone. At that moment, I thought "Where is God? I feel so alone!" I decided to pray and ask God where He was. That moment is when my life changed forever. It was the most holy thing I have ever experienced. I felt as though the Lord Himself put His arms around me and gave me a great big, warm hug. I had never felt such love. I know God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of this world. I know that He restored His church through Joseph Smith. I know that as we live this Gospel, taught by this church, we can have real happiness. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior and I am eternally grateful to Him for everything that He has done for me. This is why I choose to live my life in such a way that others might come to know Him the way I do, through my actions. I strive each day to live as He would have me live. I try to follow His example in all things. I know He wants me to be honest, true, charitable, and firm in my values. As I go about my daily activities, I hope that I can live my life in such a way that friends or people I meet on the street might ask me about my beliefs. Often times I feel prompted to tell them about the church and what makes me so happy. Honestly, living this gospel brings me such happiness and I don't think I could hide it if I wanted to! My wife and I enjoy attending church each Sunday. Our congregation is full of other families near our age and we feel that as we attend these meetings each week, we gain an added measure of strength to combat the trials and temptations that are in the world today. We both have responsibilities at church and love to fulfill those callings. Our daughter thoroughly enjoys attending Nursery class each Sunday! A very important way that I live my faith is by being a provider of both temporal and spiritual substance to my wife and daughter. I know my Father in Heaven wants me to take care of them, and as I do so, I feel that He is happy with me. My wife and I read a few verses from the Book of Mormon or the Bible every night before going to bed. Then we say a prayer each night, together as a couple. We hold hands while we pray and take turns, alternating each night. As we hear each other pray for the other and for our family, our marriage is strengthened and we draw closer to the Lord. He is the third member of our marriage and a marriage and family built upon the Lord cannot fall. My wife and I strive to raise our daughter (and will raise our future children) in a way that is founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ.