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Hi I'm Tylan

I graduated in the top 40 at my high school. I do math for money, and for fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated high school at age 17, and am waiting anxiously for November to roll around to leave on my mission. I enjoy playing the piano and guitar frequently, and sing a bit when no one is within ear shot. I am an instructor at Mathnasium, which means I tutor kids of all ages with math. Additionally, I am an office services assistant, which basically means I deliver everybody's mail and change the sodas.

Why I am a Mormon

I was extremely fortunate to be born into this church. However, that does not detract from the fact that I have had my own personal doubts and trials with the Gospel. I have struggled to accept my place in the church, and to come to terms with who I am and why I am here. However, through diligent study and prayer, I have come to know my purpose in this life. I now understand that I go to church every Sunday not because my family makes me, but because I love the spirit that I feel. I want everyone to be able to experience this joyous emotion, a wonderful motivation for good.

How I live my faith

I am active in my home teaching assignments. I love to visit and feel the spirit with each of my individual families. It is a wonderful mission prep opportunity to schedule appointments with these kids and their parents, as well as preparing lessons to help them feel the Holy Spirit. I currently serve as the first assistant to my bishop, which means that I sort of help out all of the young men AND young women (when I'm lucky) to feel like they belong. I try my hardest to help everyone feel like they belong and that they are wanted. I go on visits to the young men and invite them to come be with us. This is not because they are a "project," but because they are my friends. Additionally, as I mentioned above, I recently received my mission calling. On November 3rd of this year (2015), I will be serving in the Peru Iquitos mission reporting to the CCM (Peruvian Missionary Training Center). Do I speak Spanish? No. Am I scared? Maybe a tiny bit. But it's going to be exciting! The Iquitos mission is essentially the Peru portion of the Amazon Rainforest.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tylan
The commandment is given in our church that "every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission." Well, I am a worthy, able young man, so it seems that I am preparing to serve a mission! However, some young men still choose to not serve a full time mission. This is completely their choice. It is my opinion that full-time missionary service (or equivalent, based on abilities) will be a huge blessing in your life and in the lives of your families and friends. While it is not required as it is of the males, young women also have the option to serve a full time mission. This is completely up to them to make the decision, and it is not at all required of them to go. Many still choose to do so. Show more Show less