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Hi I'm Butler Tyler

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

66 year old Dad with 5 daughters and 11 grandchildren, my wife and I have been happily married for 42 years. I am a Navy veteran and have worked in the telecommunications engineering profession for 38 years. I like to fish, either at the intercostal waterway, the pier or in a boat. Family and friends are what it is all about. I was born in southeast Oklahoma and raised in west Texas. Because of work we have lived in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, Georgia and Colorado.

Why I am a Mormon

I went on a trip to Mexico City when I was 21. We hired a guide to take us around to see the attractions. He took us to the pyramids east of the city. There he told us the story of one Quetzalcoatl. A person of great status. He said it was against his religion, but he believed this person was Jesus Christ. He showed us baptismal fonts again he believed this. He showed us murals that represented two races of people one dark skinned and one light skinned. He showed us the temple of the sun and moon and the city surrounding it. He showed us many other things at the museums also. I had been interested in archaeology and all this was interesting. I had just met my future wife and left her to go on this trip. She was a member of the church and hadn't mentioned any of this to me. Then we got married and was shipped out to a new duty station. She wanted me to help her find her church. We did. I met a pair of elders and they came over Sunday night to visit and started telling me about the Book of Mormon and the life of the people in it and that it was the record for this the western hemisphere, where the Bible was the record for the eastern hemisphere, but that together they were the testimony of the prophets about the life and record of Jesus Christ. I told them that I had already seen the physical record of the book of Mormon by what I had seen in Mexico.

How I live my faith

I live the teaching of Jesus Christ by being the best person I can. I have participated in church ever since I was baptized. I never looked back at my old habits, as they were easy to give up because there weren't that many. I made a committed change in my life and have been looking forward ever since. I have served my fellow saints by uplifting or edifying them as we work together in the church. I have been on numerous service projects and love to see people smile and feel good when they know you helped them without obligation. My passion is family history work. I love searching out my ancestors. I love to see the faces of those helped at a family history center and see the awe in there face when they discover someone they thought was lost from sight or record. But the spirit will help if we are faithful and diligent in our search. That goes for both member and nonmember alike.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Butler Tyler
If I wanted to find out how the farmer across the street grew his crops so beautiful, I wouldn't go to the person down the street, I would go ask him. The same with finding out questions about the Mormon Church. There is probably someone you know, that you may not know they are Mormon, just ask them when you start the conversation. Or better yet just go to church, there is probably one near you. Go online to lds.org and lookup the meeting house locator and find one there. It will also give the meeting times. Or go to the white pages in the phone book and it will list "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" and give the address. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Butler Tyler
It is sometimes difficult to conceive the concept of "Proxy" in our way of applying it to salvation for the dead. However, I would like to point out that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior, by definition he stood in Proxy for you and I, though we hadn't yet lived, when He took on the sins of the world. He also at that same time stood in proxy for all those that had lived on the earth back to Adam. Salvation was for all those that had lived on the earth and He did what we couldn't do for ourselves. So He did it by proxy for us. Show more Show less