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Hi I'm Tyler

I grew up in Utah. I have a passion for playing and writing music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My passion is music. The aspirations for my future surround the subject: composer, performer, and adament listener. I have a general love for all music, but my heart and soul are in classical. I love the laughter of Mozart, the genius of Bach, the rash harmonics of Prokofiev, and the lasting melodies of Tchaikovsky. Growing up I played the piano at age eight, began playing the saxaphone in fifth grade and have continued performing since. I am now proficient in most woodwinds and plan to learn as many as I can. Performing on a stage in front a crowd is exilerating and exciting and that is why I am currently a Music Composition student at BYU. I also have a desire to learn: phylisophical and secular. Reading is a pass time that I have had since I was young, it being either fictional or factual. "Lord of the Rings", "Harry Potter", "Redwall", biographies, philosopies. Besides my own experiences, the lessons I have learned from the writings of others has helped me become who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

My family is members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, nicknamed Mormon, so I grew up in the religion. Now that I'm at a age where I have more freedom to choose my beliefs I have spent a lot of time reflecting and pondering. There are certain things that I know to be true from my ponderance and prayer: that this church is true as restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ is truly my savior, and living by his Gospel is the only way to have a perfect and happy life. I have read the Book of Mormon, and the Bible; of course I don't understand them perfectly. By myself I have pondered the message they give and I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I am currently living my faith by volunteering two years of my life to do missionary work. I left my family in Utah and have come to Kentucky to bring the happiness that I have received in my life to others. It has been a sacrifice, but I wouldn't give it up for anything. I plan to continuely and faithfully work as hard as I can to help support the leaders of the church so, as a community, we can all become disciples of Christ.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

"Eternal life" is the whole reason why we our on this earth. In this life we have many experiences: sorrow, happiness, death, life, hate, love. We all experience these things one way or another. We grow spiritually and learn to have joy in this life. Our Heavenly Father, or God, wanted us to have these experiences; it is part of his plan that we learn to follow the laws that he has made so that we can have a happy life and eventually after this life live in joy. To have eternal life means to live forever as a resurrected being and living in the presence of God; this is only possible through Jesus Christ. There are things in this life that make us feel guilt, shame, and sorrow. He took these things upon him, made the infinite atoning sacrifice or made amends for us, so that we are able to change our lives more closely to the will of our Heavenly Father. I know, and have experienced, that living the true principles of Christ are what bring pure happiness in this life and releases us of that guilt when we do wrong. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Growing up I was taught to always be happy and I can remember that most of my life, at least by my point of view, I was. I relied upon myself for happiness. I never put myself down and outwardly I was doing great. At one point in my life I began having personal struggles within myself and I started looking to other sources for happiness. I became scared, lost, and confused. Luckily I admitted to myself I was wrong and I decided to look to another source of happiness. This process took a long time and courage, but I have now learned that Jesus Christ is the only one that we can rely on. He is our Saviour and only through him can we be truly happy. Instead of relying on myself I have now decided to work on my relationship with Christ. I have learned the truth of this scripture, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13 Show more Show less