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Hi I'm Tyler

As weird as it sounds, I like going to school. I love to learn. Someday I would like to become a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved to learn, and for most of my life I have really enjoyed going to school. I graduated high school with a 4.5 GPA. I got a scholarship to a University and finished up one year. I settled on Chemistry and started a bachelors of science degree. While I was in school I started some of the requirements for that. But I've taken a break to serve a mission. Serving a mission is one of the greatest things I have ever done and I wouldn't trade it for the world. After I finish serving I want to get back and finish up my education and hopefully become a surgeon. But as time goes on I think more and more about the other options I have. I guess I have some big decisions to make but that's all in the future. Apart from all of that I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and doing things with my friends. I love cars and hope to someday own a sportscar of my own. I'm not a big sports fan unless you count ping pong.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from birth. I was blessed to have truly amazing parents who taught me well. I've grown up knowing the doctrine of the church. But still, I had to learn about the truth of the gospel for myself. There was a time in my life when I didn't know whether or not I had a testimony of the gospel, but by reading the Book of Mormon and living the things that my parents taught me my testimony grew. By putting these things to the test I learned for myself that the gospel is true and now that knowledge brings me so much happiness. I know that God is our Heavenly Father and He loves and cares for us and that He sent his Son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. I love the Savior with all my heart. I am grateful for the atonement which allows me to be forgiven of my sins so that I can be truly happy. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church restored again on the Earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God and that God still speaks to us through prophets today. I'm a Mormon because I have seen the happpiness that it has brought to my life.

How I live my faith

I just try to do a little bit better each day. The smallest improvements are still steps in the right direction. None of us are perfect which is the beauty of Christ's gospel-We don't have to be. We just have to try our best and follow Jesus Christ and that is enough. In the end He will make up the rest. I do my best to keep his commandments and follow his example. And when I fail I get up and try again. Now I have the opportunity to serve a mission as a representative of Jesus Christ. This is one of the greatest blessings that I have ever received. The oppoprtunity to go and teach people about the gospel as Jesus did is truly remarkable. I think that is the best way we can live our faith: By inviting people to come unto Christ as He himself did.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Tyler
We believe in following Christ in all that we do. We know that as we follow His example we will draw closer to our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ himself was baptized by John the Baptist, so we follow His example by entering the waters of baptism. As part of the promise we make when we are baptized we are blessed to be cleansed from sin. The Savior had no sin and yet He was still baptized because He recognized it as a commandment from His Father. That same commandment still stands for each of us today. Lastly, Christ has asked us to follow Him. He speaks"follow thou me". Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints each express a deep desire to follow the Savior and know that as they are baptized they are doing just that. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tyler
People are usually afraid of things that they do not understand. There are many people in the world who don't know what mormons believe or care to learn what they believe. Because they do not understand our beliefs they incorrectly label us as a cult. As people learn what the Church really stands for and the doctrines it teaches, they begin to see the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for what it really is: A religion that seeks to promote faith in Christ and good will for all men. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tyler
The Book of Mormon is very similar to the bible in that it was written and compiled by a number of ancient prophets who testified of Christ. The Bible contains the words of prophets spoken to people in and around Israel. The Book of Mormon contains the words of prophets in the Americas who also testified of Christ. We believe that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are divinely inspired works given to us from God to help us find the way back to Him. Both testify of Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Show more Show less

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

Tyler
I'd say we live like any other normal people live. I grew up in a house with my parents and my two brothers. I went to school and recently graduated. I like to hang out with my friends and have fun. Before I became a missionary I liked to watch TV and play video games and read. I've given that all up for the next two years to serve a mission and I'm having more fun than ever. Most people are familiar with the things mormons "can't do" like drink alcohol or smoke, etc but I don't feel like I'm really missing out at all. There are other things out there that make me happier. We believe that we are supposed to find joy in this life. I try to keep my life centered on Christ by serving others and going to church. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Tyler
Offering salvation is not man's job but God's. In order for a church to be "true" it must be God's church, in other words it must operate under His authority and be sanctioned by Him. We believe that there must be continuity in God's dealing with men on earth. While Christ dwelt on earth he brought with him God's authority to organize a church and perform ordinances necessary for salvation. Christ shared that authority with His apostles and after his ascension into heaven his apostles continued to build His church. Slowly people began to drift away from Christ's gospel. Paul writes to some of these people in Galatians 1:6-7: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." Eventually, with the death of all of Christ's apostles the authority of God on earth was lost. People were lost and left to their own devices. Any religious "advancements" were the advancements of men and not God. The Holy Bible is a miracle and transcended the era of apostasy; however, a restoration of the fullness of the gospel as well as God's authority was necessary. Now we are blessed to live in the "latter days" prophesied of when the full gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth and God has once again given mankind his power unto salvation. Show more Show less