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Hi I'm Tyler

My Fav Five are God, Family, Sports, Girls, & Ping Pong. I love all Spanish people esp Mexicans & I'm "The Stormin' Mormon" ;)

About Me

If you love sports well me and you will get along. I play almost all of them but my favorites are baseball which I was a SP and SS, basketball, and football. I am also a stats junky and love to follow the NCAA and Pro leagues. I was going to Brigham Young University as a business major until I put all that on hold to serve a mission for the Lord. I am currently serving as a missionary in the Washington Spokane mission and speaking Spanish! There is nothing better than sharing the message of the restored gospel with others and watching it change their lives. I love the Spanish language, culture, people, and especially the food. "Pudieras decir que soy medio mexicano" I have lived in the West, South, and East Coasts of the U.S. I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder or "OCD" when I was a Freshman in HS and after a debilitating struggle with many prayers and a special priesthood blessing, have overcome it and now enjoy living a free and normal life. And I love being a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has definitely not been easy. I grew up for much of my life just outside of D.C. and went to a HS of 2500+ kids with only about 3 being members of the LDS faith. I was ridiculed by both students and teachers and often felt alone. But, I never shrink in the face of persecution because I know that what I stand for is right and true. I know this because I have read the Book of Mormon and after prayed to God asking if it is true and was answered that it is by the power of the Holy Ghost or those "good feelings" that you get when you know something is right (See Bible: Galatians 5:22-23). I like to look at the message we share not as changing someone's faith because after all our faith is in Christ unto Salvation, but instead, as additional blessings and truths that one can benefit from and enjoy. There are many such additional blessings and truths to be found in the LDS church but a few of the most influential for me would be: 1) The Priesthood Authority - Every worthy male member of the church who has received the Priesthood by the laying on of hands has a direct link all the way back to Jesus Christ himself. I received it from my father who received it from his father going back to the Prophet Joseph Smith who received it from Peter, James, and John, three of the original Twelve Apostles, who received it from Jesus Christ himself. This Priesthood has been an incredible blessing in my life as I have witnessed it bless and heal the lives of many. 2) Temples - We now live in a world filled with Temples or the Holy Houses of the Lord where sacred ordinances necessary for returning to live with our Heavenly Father are done. Not only are these ordinances done for the living but there is also vicarious work done for those who have passed on without the chance to receive them. Temples make eternal families a reality. There is nothing better than knowing that I will be with my family forever!

How I live my faith

I live my faith primarily by serving others and trying to assist in any way I can to help the poor, the needy, and the down trodden to recognize their full potential and find true happiness. As a full time missionary I get to do this every day and though I am always tired - missionary work is exhausting- I love doing it! It's important to note that full time missionaries do not get paid for their work. I can't imagine being paid. I do what I do because I want everyone to receive the blessings and joys in their lives that I have benefited from in mine from being a member of the LDS church. Before being a missionary, I have presided over youth groups and other teen organizations to help each individual increase their faith in Christ and enjoy healthy relationships and friendships. I will never forget an experience I had my Freshman year in college when I watched over 40 other students my age. There was one who was a football player. A real big guy who played on the offensive-line. I noticed though that he wouldn't involve himself in activities or go to church. I spent hours encouraging him and waiting for him to get ready and then would accompany him to church or to an activity often meaning I would be late or would have to miss certain things. It wasn't until later that I learned just what an impact this service had made on his life. When I was a missionary learning the Spanish language in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT, I ran into him and he came up to me and gave me a big hug (almost crushing me) haha and just thanked me for all that I had done to get him active in the church. And now he is serving as a missionary to bless the lives of others in my home town of D.C! Jesus Christ led by self-less service and example and that is how I try to live my faith.

Are Mormons Christians?

Tyler
I always love when I people tell me that Mormons aren't Christians. It has to be one of the biggest misunderstandings of the Mormon faith. After all, we aren't Mormons. We are Latter Day Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ. It's not the church of the Mormons. It's the church of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon isn't some book of commandments for Mormons but it is as it says on the front cover, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Being LDS isn't just a belief in Christ, but a lifestyle of following His example. We teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything we do is centered on Jesus Christ. If you have not been inside an LDS meeting house, please visit one. Either go on Sunday, or contact the missionaries and ask them to take you on a personal tour so that you can see the inside which is filled with paintings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the center of the Church. As a missionary I wear his name in bold face on my name badge everywhere I go. This is His church and we are Christians. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Tyler
There is nothing secretive about the Church. "Sacred" would be a better word. Non-members are allowed to enter any church building around the world. With Temples, they are allowed to go into the waiting room as well as tour the buildings before being dedicated. The Temples are where worthy members of the church go to receive for themselves sacred ordinances necessary to be exalted and return to live with our Father in Heaven. And then afterwards, to serve as proxy for those who have died so they too can have the opportunity to receive these ordinances. The reason why only worthy members of the church are allowed to participate in these sacred ordinances is for two main reasons: 1. It is essential to be clean and worthy. Just as you wouldn't willingly let your kid covered in mud sit inside your brand new car, not just anyone is allowed to enter into the Temple. To enter the car, the kid must be washed clean. It's the same with the Temple. We are washed clean through baptism into the church by proper priesthood authority as well as living our lives in accordance to the commandments of God to prove that we are willing to continue faithful and remain worthy. If after being cleaned, the kid was to jump right back in the mud, he wouldn't be allowed back into the car. It's the same principle with the Temple. 2. Proper preparation and understanding. There is a Temple Preparation class offered to all members of the church before they enter the Temple. Show more Show less