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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a mathematician. I lived in Albania for a year and a half. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently going to college to get my bachelor's in mathematics; I will go on to graduate school and eventually teach at the university level. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing, and playing music. I ran track in high school, but I haven't kept in shape since graduating.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer: I'm a Mormon because I know that it is the truth. Sure, my mother raised me this way, but cliche as it may sound, there comes a time when we can no longer ride on the coattails of our parents' faith. Through very personal, sacred experiences with my Father in Heaven, I have been left with no doubt that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, called of God to restore the true, original Church of Jesus Christ to the earth, that His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that church, and that Christ leads His church today through a living prophet. And I'm a Mormon because I have seen that this is the way to true and lasting happiness in this life and in the eternities.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from missionary service in Albania, a small country in Eastern Europe. While there I spent all of my time helping other to come to know the truth for themselves. It was a sacrifice, but then again, nothing good comes without some measure of sacrifice. We sacrifice the things of the world, our sins, our pride, to follow Christ. Now that I'm back State-side, I no longer spend all of my time inviting others to come unto Christ, but I try to be an example to all those with whom I interact, to "let [my] light so shine before the children of men" that they will be drawn closes to the source of that light. I take the charge to be a witness of Christ "at all times and in all things, and in all places" very seriously.

Are Mormons Christians?

Tyler
What does it mean to be a Christian? I believe that a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ as the Divine Son of God. A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus Christ died that we might be cleansed from sin and return to live with God again. A Christian is someone who studies the words and life of Christ and tries to pattern their life after these things. A Christian is just that: a follower of Christ. So, are Mormons Christian? The answer is yes, we are. The full name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ is the center of all of the Church's teachings. In fact, in a very real way, we are a continuation of the oldest form of Christianity. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that Jesus himself organized when he was on the Earth. That church, lost through distortions and unauthorized changes, was restored to the Earth in its fullness through the prophet Joseph Smith, and continues to be led by Christ through Prophets and Apostles today. Every Church meeting is focused on Christ. The testimony of Christ is what gives members of the Church the strength to move forward through the trials of a morally decaying world, and it is through Christ and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of returning to live with God again after this life. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tyler
The Law of the Tithe (a word which literally means "a tenth") dates back well into Biblical times. In the Old Testament the prophet Malachi, speaking for the Lord, wrote "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse ... and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10) That is the Lord's promise: if we give Him 10% of our income, He promises to bless us more than we can imagine. The wonderful thing is that the Lord does not say that the blessings will only be physical blessings. Through his prophets, the Lord has promised that we will never lack the necessities of life if we are faithful to this commandment. What a wonderful promise! But even beyond that, we are blessed spiritually when we pay tithing. I know that it has helped me to learn the great truth that escapes much of the world today: money does not bring happiness, and nothing can change that. Happiness, the true and lasting kind, comes from putting the Lord first and obeying His commandments. That is what tithing helps us to do: to trust in Him and to put Him first in our lives. Great blessings come to those who obey the Law of the Tithe. Show more Show less