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Hi I'm Tyler Hawkins

I was born in Raymond Canada, I own a painting company, I coach 6th grade basketball, I am a Father to 4 boys, and I am a Mormon

About Me

In 1999, I had an experience that truly tested my faith. I had been newly married about 1 year, and had a newly born son. I was out on a jobsite alone when I began to have a serious head ache. I didnt think much of it as I needed to finish that job. Weakness on my right side followed, then suddenly I passed out. The finish carpenter just happended to be in the area, and realized he had forgot to install 1 shelf. As he walked in, I was no longer conscious. After being rushed by ambulance to the hospital, it was found out that I had suffered a moderate to severe stroke leaving me paralyzed on my rights side and without any speech. A top neurologist happened to be on call at a neighboring hospital and was notified of my condition. She immediately asked to transfer me. She administered to me an investigational medication named TPA that was reserved for heart attack patients. It thins the blood immediately, but can lead to death if the clot in the brain bursts. The medication was injected at 2 1/2 hrs after losing consciousness. My Father, Father- in law, and brother gave me a priesthood blessing, and within 5 days, 100% function was restored to my speech and to right side of my body. My wife and I were able to add 3 more boys to our family. Today, my company has grown to over 40 employees where I teach them how to be a painting craftsman. I am also avidly involved in my children s sports coaching basketball. I am glad that my voice has remained strong and true.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because while all churches have a portion of truth, the LDS church has the closest resemblance to the Church Jesus Christ established here on the earth. Through a modern prophet, the original church of Christ has been brought again to mankind. This includes: Quorum of the 12 Apostles, Temple ordinance, baptism by immersion, The Holy Priesthood, The Holy Ghost, The Sacrament of bread and water, and priesthood offices of Teachers, Priests, Deacons, and Bishops. All offices are volunteer service, and the church does not discriminate based on race, wealth, or gender. The true church of Jesus Christ would require sacrifice on the part of its members through service and tithes and offerings. The LDS church has this important doctrine by asking its members to live the law of sacrifice by donating 10% of our income to the church. Following this doctrine has brought tremendous blessings into my life in that we have not had room enough to receive them. I believe that following our prophets counsel on tithing has contributed to the success of my business. Not sure how making 10% less adds to ones income, but didn't Christ feed 5000 with a few fishes and a couple loaves of bread? I absolutely love the Book of Mormon! The Bible is inspired scripture, but the Book of Mormon sheds much needed light on passages in the Bible. It adds itself as a second witness of Jesus Christ in the ancient Americas. Some of the greatest lessons on leadership, pride/greed, humility, hope and charity, prayer, and faith (as well as many others) can be found within the text of that Holy record. With the special spirit that exists within the pages of that divine Book, one can feel the Lords chosen servants speak from the dust valuable lessons that pertain to our day. If the Lord truly is "the same yesterday, today, and forever", why would He not reveal additional scripture other than the Bible? I believe He has just as he did in the days of Noah, Moses, and Paul.

How I live my faith

I am ever grateful for worthy priesthood holders in my life. When I received my blessing, I was not living in a way that I felt was worthy of Gods miracles. I am glad that He has a plan, and can see the BIG picture. God loves ALL his children even if they have taken a little "vacation" from the flock. It took me another 7 years after the incident to become active in church again and take my wife to be sealed in the Holy Temple. This brought great joy into our marriage. The Holy Ghost was strong within our home, and we were blessed with healthy children and a strong business. I was taught to overcome addictions by studying the Word of God through Holy Scripture and daily prayer. This gave me the power to overcome physical addictions as my "Spirit" gained strength from my Heavenly Father. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I conquered those issues and felt The Lords hand intervene in my life. I continue today to strengthen my spirit body through service in my local ward, attending the Temple, and continuing to read daily from The Book of Mormon coupled with prayer. I truly love the merciful plan of a loving Heavenly Father that allows us to make mistakes, but provides a clear and visible way back if we humble ourselves. It is never too late to feel the great peace that the Gospel of Christ offers all of us.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Tyler Hawkins
We believe that our Heavenly Father is the Father of all our spirits. When we choose to become earthly fathers, we get a small representation of how our Heavenly Father feels about us. However, our love is not quite as perfected as His. He loves us unconditionally. He wishes for us to progress and pass this earthly test by following the commandments and His Gospel despite temptations. He is very proud when we choose well, and disappointed when we don't follow His counsel, but he will never refuse to give His love. We could never dis-own our children, and He could never dis-own us. God has provided a way for us to experience temptation and even falter at times, but through the great Atonement of His Son Jesus Christ, He has provided a way for us to return and live with him one day. We resemble God and even have Godly attributes such as empathy, love, sorrow and the will to create. Our abilities are not nearly as perfected as our Fathers, but we are able to choose to progress or stay stagnant. The more we pray to Him, the more we can recognize his spirit and seek answers to life's questions through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less