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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a musician, engineering student, and missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. Since I was 5 years old, I have been trained in a variety of musical instruments, including predominantly guitar, cello, bass, and piano. I attended BYU in Provo, UT, for one year, then deferred to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called to serve in the Finland Helsinki mission. I plan on continuing school upon my return.

Why I am a Mormon

An avid interest in science has exposed me to many people who view our existence in the universe as a mere accident. But I believe that there is a supreme being, and that he not only created this earth, and this universe, but that he loves and cares about each and every one of us individually. I believe this because I have felt his presence, his influence guiding me in my life decisions. To quote the Book of Mormon prophet Alma, "...all things denote that there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Alma 30:44). In the words of Mormon Apostle Russel M. Nelson, "Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?" Some people say that there is only one way of thinking: science OR religion. They also argue that religion is anti-intellectual, that the more a person involves themselves in religion, the less room they have in their lives for scientific reason. But I believe that there is a beautiful duality between science and religion, and that together they can answer the toughest questions we face about the universe. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives the warmth and guiding light in my life that the cold, hard truths of science can never give. Our Father in Heaven has a plan for each of us, and by keeping His commandments and striving as best as we can to live as he would want us to live, even as Jesus Christ, we can return to live with him again.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my home ward here in Oregon. I went with another ward member who just returned from his mission to visit some families and invite them to a church activity. I regularly attend institute, a weekly church education class.