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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a husband and father, an environmental lawyer, and a political junkie. And a I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend whom I met at college. I'm the father of a beautiful two-year-old girl and a wonderful one-week-old boy. I went to Mt. View High School (Go Toros!), Brigham Young University (Go Cougars!), and Harvard Law School. I love to wrestle, go hiking or rock-climbing, and playing or watching sports. I also love board games, card games, video games, you name it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but have long since passed the point where I stayed because of other people's faith. My faith in Christ, and in his church, has come in three ways: First, I have always been blessed with spiritual indications great and small that I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and cares about me. These experiences have ranged from feelings of peace when reading the scriptures--especially the Book of Mormon--to miraculous life-saving interventions. I believe God is eager to confirm his existence to any who honestly and sincerely seek his presence. Second, the longer I live and study the gospel taught in the LDS church, the more I am convinced that it derives from eternal truths, and not from the mind of men. I'm not what you'd call philosophical, but I have always been inclined to challenge ideas I did not understand until was satisfied with their truth or falsity (maybe that's why I became a lawyer). I find that my reason confirms my faith--I believe with my eyes wide open. Third, and perhaps most importantly, I can measure the validity of the gospel by its effects on my life and the lives of others. Even though obedience can be difficult, it is so clear to me in retrospect that my life has been happiest when I have best-adhered to Christ's teachings. I know that my loving Heavenly Father gives us commandments for that very purpose: to make us happy.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in a variety of ways, but my favorite "callings" have been teaching sunday school. I love searching the scriptures for lessons we can apply in our lives today. I love teaching of Christ and helping others to feel His love for them. And I find that I learn more by my teaching than those I teach! I also love how focused the church is on service, and not always big organized events, but little acts of service to the people all around us each day.