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Hi I'm Tyler Moroni

I'm a missionary, reader, writer, drawer, cinephile, the oldest of ten boys, and surprise, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the small town of St. Anthony, ID. I have nine younger brothers, which makes things quite... interesting. Although it is fun. I am currently serving as a full-time missionary in the West Virginia Charleston Mission, which is one of the greatest experiences of my life thus far. I enjoy reading and movies, especially fantasy, action, and science fiction. I am also an aspiring author. I really enjoy creating stories, characters and concepts, and putting it all together in an interesting way. My mind is almost constantly sparking off new ideas and story concepts, especially as I learn new things, and I'm (hopefully) improving at it. I've written a "practice book," (http://lithra.wordpress.com/) which was a great help, and have ideas for many more to tackle when I improve. Other interests include: computers and tech, animals, webcomics, photoshop, computer-assisted illustration, 3-D modeling, film-making, science, drawing (also improving), my family, the gospel, mock combat, and food. I'm fairly easygoing, but I'm not generally very social, although being on a mission has helped open me up. I try to be impartial and open to new ideas. I like to learn and try to make all my projects as professional as I can. I am sometimes rather random, but I hope in a good way. In short, I'm me. I love to learn and create, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised of goodly parents, who taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, I still had to come to find out for myself that it was true. In my teens, although I was still attending church and doing everything a "good Mormon" does, I was very unsure of myself, the church, and the existence of God. I can sympathize with atheists, as I found those viewpoints very persuasive. Eventually, I exercised faith to come on a mission, even though I wasn't completely sure. I believed, but I did not know for sure. But doubt and faith cannot coexist, and I soon saw the gospel come alive for me. When I really wanted and needed to know for myself, I examined, studied and applied the principles. I came to know for myself that it is true. I know that this church is true. I know Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson (and everyone in between) are true prophets of Almighty God. I know beyond doubt that the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is exactly what it says, another Testament of the Lord Jesus Christ, and has brought me closer to Him. The more I learn about it, the more I know it is true. It is impossible for this book to have come from another source than God, or in any other way than Joseph Smith testified it did. Most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ lives. I have had the witness of the Holy Ghost to these truths, and I have felt His power and influence in my life. I have experienced the power of the Atonement in my life, both in forgiveness of my sins and also His divine grace in helping me to overcome my weaknesses and become a better person, especially in my service as a missionary. I invite you to test for yourself these truths and experience these things for yourself, because they will bring you peace and happiness, now and in eternity. I bear witness of these truths in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen

How I live my faith

I have served in a couple of church callings as a teenager, and have had to exercise faith throughout my life when difficulties affected our family. Currently I serve voluntarily as a full-time missionary for the Church, sharing the truths of the gospel with the people in the West Virginia/Virginia area. It is a privilege to serve the Lord and I have seen His hand in the work here and in my personal life. When I first came out on my mission, it was mainly because examples set by others, and to set a good example for others. Having served, that motive has changed. I now do it because it is the right thing to do, and because I want others to come to experience the joy and power of the gospel in their lives, as well as the security and serenity of living in the Lord's way. Because helping other experience the cleansing and healing effects of the gospel is one of the greatest of all of life's experiences. Because I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ enough to serve them. It is amazing, it is true, it is "a marvelous work and a wonder," and I'm blessed to be able to participate in it.

Are Mormons Christians?

Tyler Moroni
As a missionary serving in "the buckle of the Bible Belt," I have had many people tell me that we are not Christian and don't believe in the divinty of Jesus Christ. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Their reasons, by the way, will simply be pointing out why we're not Protestants) Anybody who believes we are not Christian is not familiar with the church and it's teachings and certainly not the Book of Mormon and the words of our modern-day prophets and apostles. I'll admit, I'm tempted to march up to those people blaring the hymn "I Believe in Christ" while handing them a copy of "The Living Christ" (http://lds.org/study/living-christ) and the book "Jesus the Christ" and then ask them if they believe we're Christian now. However, it is much easier and nicer to simply explain the true name of the church, namely, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints, (not "Mormon" or The Church of Joseph Smith of Latter-Day Saints) and bear my testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and his impact in my life. We are Christians. Some of the most Christian people you'll ever meet, or at least we strive to be. The most fundamental aspect of this church is the life, sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. All other doctrines are appendages emanating from and leading back towards that truth. I know and love Jesus Christ as my Savior, helper, friend, and the only way back to our Heavenly Father's presence. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. I am a Christian. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Tyler Moroni
We do not worship a god named "Mormo" Nor do we worship or follow the man Mormon, for whom the Book of Mormon is named. It is because of our unique belief in the Book of Mormon as a book of scripture (alongside, of course, the Bible) that lead to the term "mormon" for a member of the Church. The real name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ. It's members are the saints, and we live in the last days. It is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mormon is still used as a nickname, and it's one we don't necessarily object to, but the proper name of the church is significant, revealed by the Lord, and should be used. Members can also be referred to as being "LDS" if time is short. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Tyler Moroni
The President and Senior Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. He is a wonderful and inspiring man and I know he is a prophet of God. Twice a year we have the privilege to hear from him (and the other apostles) in a meeting called a General Conference of the Church. I encourage you to listen to his latest message and witness of Christ at gc.lds.org. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tyler Moroni
People often ask if Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. He did not. He translated it. Joseph Smith no more wrote the Book of Mormon than King James wrote the Bible. (Or his translators, for that matter.) The Book of Mormon is beyond the scope of a simple farmboy, the detail and intricacy beyond any fiction writer, (especially for being produced in so short a time,) and the cultural and historical details beyond even the most learned man in the world at the time. The only way the Book of Mormon could have came forth is exactly the way it claims to. The book was written by ancient prophets in the Americas who were inspired by God. The simplicity, clarity, and power of the ideas and doctrines contained in the Book of Mormon could only have come from men inspired of God. For more information on the origins of the Book of Mormon, I would invite you to view the page about it on this website, or even better, read for yourself in the Book of Mormon, particularly the introduction, title page, 1 Nephi, and Moroni Chapter 10. I share with you my testimony that the Book of Mormon is true, correct, and accurate, that it is inspired of God to ancient prophets and translated by a modern day prophet, and that it is truly is "...the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon) Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tyler Moroni
No. No we do not. We respect him as a prophet, but we do not worship him in any way. Joseph Smith, as a prophet, witnessed of Jesus as the Christ and directed us towards the Savior. I encourage you to attend a worship service or read from the Book of Mormon and New Testament to see who the center of our worship truly is. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tyler Moroni
The Atonement is the turning point and most significant event in the history of the universe. Simply put, it is the suffering, sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through which the effects of the Fall of Adam are overcome. The law of justice demands that for every action there is a reaction, for every choice there is a consequence. Unfortunately, every one of us sins and makes wrong choices. (Romans 3:23) These sins would make us unclean and unworthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father (D&C 1:31; Alma 11:37) In Gethsemane and Calvary, Jesus Christ voluntarily paid the price for our sins, and also took upon him our sicknesses, infirmities, and sorrows. He suffered on the cross and gave his life for us. Three days later, He was resurrected in a glorified and perfected body. His sacrifice satisfied the demands of justice and conquered death and sin. Because of this, all mankind will be resurrected, and may recieve mercy and be cleansed from their sins through obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Articles of Faith 1:3) Furthermore, because of the Atonement, Jesus Christ knows perfectly well everything that we go through in this life and has infinite healing, purifying, and strengthening power. President Packer taught that with repentance: "...there is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ." (Ensign, Nov. '95) Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Tyler Moroni
Why can't I write a check or sign a contract in your name? What prevents me from appointing myself spokesman of a company? Or going around writing tickets or evicting people from their homes? Authority. Without authority from someone with power to perform those acts, such as the company or the government, those actions are not valid. Now, someone may have broken the law or that contract may need to be signed, but that does not give me authority to carry out that action. If this is the case with man, surely authority to act in the name of God must be even more vital if it is to be recognized. Although the other Christian faiths usually act out of sincerity and real intent, they do not hold the authority to act in God's name. That authority must come from God himself. It does not come from a university, piece of paper, simply being a believer, or some "sense of calling". (Hebrews 5:4) It comes the way it always has, by prophecy, revelation, and the laying on of hands of those who are in authority. Priesthood holders in the restored Church of Jesus Christ can trace their ecclesiastical authority to baptize and administer in the church back to its source, Jesus Christ, usually in less than 10 steps. Without this authority, (and the essential gift of the Holy Ghost as well,) the baptism is incomplete and invalid, however well intentioned, and although I do believe Heavenly Father will appreciate their intent, it will not be sufficient to enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) Show more Show less

What is faith?

Tyler Moroni
Faith and Belief are often used interchangeably these days. But in our view, faith is not merely belief. Faith is something deeper and more powerful. Faith is to belief as wisdom is to knowledge. Simply put, faith is belief put into action, belief that has been internalized and applied. True faith also implies confidence and trust, even when we don't know all things. As Martin Luther King Jr. expressed it, "Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase." As an abstract principle, faith is useless and has no real bearing on our lives. Believing that a parachute will save you does no good if you do not pull the cord. It is acting on that which we cannot see, but believe and have hope for. True faith can change lives, perform miracles and save souls. In order to have that kind of power, our faith must be centered in Jesus Christ. Any other thing or person can and eventually will fail us. Since faith implies trust in that which we cannot see, Jesus Christ is the only being that we can have true and perfect faith in. If we truly believe that Jesus Christ loves us and will help us, we will endure trials knowing they are for our good. We will seek to keep his commandments, to love our neighbor, and seek that which is good, noble, and uplifting. And no matter how dark things appear, we can have hope of a bright and glorius future. That is faith that moves mountains and changes lives. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tyler Moroni
Ignorance or prejudice. In the time of Christ, Jewish religous leaders doubtless would have called the fledging church a cult as well. Depending on your definition of a cult, we are either a) decidedly not a cult or b) no more a cult than any other religion, the rest of Christianity included. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Tyler Moroni
Because it contains God's word, and we believe in accepting all truth. The precious records compiled in the Bible are inspired and we believe in them "as far as they are translated correctly." (Article of Faith 8) The Old Testament contains prophecies and witnesses of Christ, as well as important doctrines such as the Fall and the Ten Commandments. In addition, there are many inspiring examples of faith such as David's conquest of Goliath, Moses' leadership during the Exodus, and the miracles of Elijah and Elisha. The New Testament contains the eyewitness accounts of the life and ministry of the Savior of the World, our perfect example and the Redeemer of all mankind, as well as the calling, works, and teachings of his original apostles. We of course cherish this record, and it holds a firm place in our canon. In addition, we have the second witness of the Book of Mormon testifying of the reality and forthcoming of the Bible, prophecies given in detail. (See 1 Nephi 13:20-26; 2 Nephi 3:12; Mormon 7:8-9) We also have this witness from modern day witnesses of Christ, prophets and apostles, testifying to the truth of the Bible. In short, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works," and we accept all inspired writings. I know that the Bible is true and is the word of God as far as translated correctly. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tyler Moroni
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Lord in times past revealed His word and will to special messengers known as prophets and apostles. Their words, recieved from the Lord through the medium of the Spirit, are recorded for our benefit. The Old Testament contains the writings of prophets before Christ, and the New Testament has the writings of his apostles concerning Christ's ministry and their work after His departure. From the above scripture, we can also learn that all writings that are given of God are considered scripture. For this reason we also accept the Book of Mormon and other inspired works as scripture in our canon, and they are used alongside the Bible for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. It is used frequently in our church meetings, personal study, and publications. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Tyler Moroni
No. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ have one spouse (at a time), unless the Lord commands otherwise, as he has on some occaisions in the past, such as with Abraham, Jacob, and a few members in the early days of the church. The Lord has since commanded the cessation of this practice, and any person or groups who practice plural marraige are NOT affiliated with this faith. Show more Show less