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Hi I'm Tyler Stroupe

I'm a runner and a photographer from Albuquerque, New Mexico! I'm currently serving in the Florida Tallahassee Mission.

About Me

I was born and raised in New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment! I attended school at Eastern Arizona College and was working on a degree in criminal justice. I'm the oldest of four siblings and the only boy out of three girls. From my 7th grade year in middle school until the fall of my Junior year of high school I was in martial arts. I received my black belt in taekwondo in September of 2010. After martial arts, I took up running. I ran track and field my Junior and Senior year of high school and cross country my Senior year as well. I love to run with a fiery passion, especially distance. After running only one year of cross country, I made it onto the state team. I am an Eagle Scout and I love to go camping with my friends. There is just something about spending my time in the great outdoors that helps me feel closer to God, our Heavenly Father. I'm also a photographer and I have my camera with me at all times. I love taking photos that capture the beauty of the moment. I have a special love for nature photos and I love taking family photos that show the unity and love family members have for each other. I am currently serving a full-time mission in the Florida Tallahassee Mission in the United States. I've been serving for 22 months, and I'm loving every minute of it! While it does sadden me that my mission is coming to a close, I will continue to enjoy every minute of it until it is over and look forward to what life has in store for me when I return home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and have been an active member my entire life. When I turned about 13 I was placed in a leadership position that put some pressure on me and caused me to wonder if what I was doing was right. It was from that point on that I knew I couldn't depend on my parents testimonies anymore, I needed my own. I studied The Book of Mormon, prayed with a desire to know it was true, and asked with a pure heart and real intent. I received my answer: Yes, it is true. Even as I am out in the mission field I still ask to know if The Book of Mormon is true for confirmation and to build my testimony, the answer is the same every time: Yes. I love my family, and I want to be with them forever. I want to be the best missionary I can be. I want to be able to marry in the temple to the girl of my dreams and be sealed to her for eternity. I want to keep the commandments. I want to learn about Christ's gospel. Most importantly, I want to do everything I can to serve my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith's story about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His true church upon the earth. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As I read from the scriptures I search for ways that I can apply the teachings into my life. I also do my best to attend all of my church meetings, when I was at college I didn't have my parents to tell me that I had to go to church; regardless, I still went because I know of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nobody, except Christ, is perfect. Throughout my life I've made some mistakes that I regret; but, I strive to exercise faith in Jesus Christ's Atonement and do everything in my power to ensure that I have been forgiven of the wrongs I have made. By serving my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I am showing how I know his gospel to be true. By serving a mission I am proving to myself, Heavenly Father, and Christ that I am willing to go where they want me to go. I obey the mission rules to the best of my ability and I strive to put forth 100% of my effort so I can look back on my life after 2 years and tell myself that I was able to give my Savior my all. As the Savior states in the scriptures, "O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength." This is my goal while serving a mission, this is my goal for my life.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Tyler Stroupe
The Book of Mormon is another witness, another testament, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the gospel of Christ, as does the Bible. The Book of Mormon is not meant to add or take away from the Bible in any way shape or form, it is just simply another witness that Christ lives. The Book of Mormon is a record, much like the Bible, of an ancient civilization that lived upon the American continent. It's story contains the teachings of prophets who ministered to the people of this civilization, genealogy, and their history. The principal event in the Book of Mormon is when Christ Himself visits this ancient civilization after His Resurrection. The Book of Mormon receives it's name from the prophet, Mormon. Mormon abridged this ancient record and compiled it together. Mormon's son, Moroni completed the record and hid it away during a time of great apostasy and wickedness on the earth, hoping that it would be brought to the earth once again for future generations. In the final chapter of the Book of Mormon, Moroni gives a promise to those who seek to know if it is true. He states that those who pray to Heavenly Father with a pure heart, real intent, and having faith in Christ will receive and answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tyler Stroupe
We worship God the Eternal Father and His son; our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Never at any point in the history of the church have we worshiped Joseph Smith. We may not worship Joseph Smith, but we acknowledge his importance; after all, it was through the Prophet Joseph that Jesus Christ was able to restore His church here on the earth once again. Through that restoration and the many revelations given to the Prophet, we have been able to gain a greater knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the plan of salvation, and the commandments. Had young Joseph not taken the initiative to discover which of all churches was right, the restored church never would have come to be. Joseph Smith did a great many things for the church here on the earth, but he will never be held at the same level as our beloved Father and Heaven and Jesus Christ, the risen Savior. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Tyler Stroupe
Yes. Without a shadow of a doubt. In the bible we read of the many prophets who were called by God, such as Noah, Moses, Isaiah, Elijah, and many others, to teach the gospel and direct His church (Amos 3:7). Many people believe that because of the advanced world we live in that we no longer need a prophet. However, when we look at all that is happening in the world today, it is apparent that we need guidance of a prophet of God. God and Christ are the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8); so, much like in times of old, God has once again called a prophet to lead and guide His children in these days. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of God called in our time and Thomas S. Monson is God's chosen prophet on the earth today. With the help of modern day prophets we are able to be guided down the correct path in a world full of spiritual dangers. Listening to the counsel of the prophets will lead us to happier, more peaceful lives. Show more Show less