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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm an Engineer, a lover of Minecraft, a puzzler, a swimmer, a musician, a son, and a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the stereotypical mormon way: in Utah. And I'm proud of it. I had many family members living around which was a large part of my life. Then I left the snowy peaks of Utah and wound up in Tennessee. There I learned, grew, and became what I am: a computer nut who loves creating things. I think that is a pretty good description. I know enough to get myself in trouble, and then usually out of it. I also love music and played in a marching band in highschool. I am one of those who also loves playing a good video game with friends... even if I never win. My favorite thing to do that can also be considered "productive" is reading. My favorite books are the Sword of truth series by Terry Goodkind. Whenever I can't find a good book to read I well settle down and watch some good 'ole Japanese anime. I know a fair bit of Japanese and hope to learn more. Avid Magic player. Like to write stories. Currently I am on my mission in the California, San Diego Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the mormon church. All the family I knew was or had been at some time a member of the LDS church. This filled the requirements of "stereotypical mormon". I have always known the Book of Mormon to be true and also the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be true. Although it was not as strong a belief, or testimony, as it is now it was still strong enough to get me going. I have had great parents who helped me in an unfathomable way and siblings who have been examples to me. Some were good examples while others were examples of paths leading to heartache. I love all of them and enjoy seeing their smiling faces. I choose to be a Mormon because it gives me true joy in my life. It is not something that is catered to my wants but a bold declaration of God's love and plan for us. Who wouldn't want lasting joy in their life?

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading and studying the scriptures, listening to the modern day prophet, and constantly trying to impove and be more Christlike. Being a missionary is living the faith to the extreme it seems. We are constantly representatives of Jesus Christ whith His name next to ours on our nametags. It is especially hard to be stalwart in the faith in the world today. To build fortification against it I study the scriptures, pray, and be an active participant in church on all days of the week, not just Sunday. Of course every now and then a firey dart will find it's way past that fortification where it's walls are not built high enough, but that is what the repentance process is for. I Find comfort in the fact that I do not have to live with guilt if I ask for forgiveness. I am grateful that I have been able to live at a time where the priesthood authority is restored and that I can be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost because of it. Now the next step in life is enduring to the end. And marriage... But that can wait.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tyler
Some people call Mormonism a cult for different reasons. Those people often don't truly know what we are all about. If half the stories about horns and sacrificing babies were true then I think we could officially be labeled as a cult. When you look at what we believe it is not that outlandish. There are religions which are much different than Christianity and are not always labeled as cults. What it all boils down to is getting to know what Mormons believe and comparing it to what others believe. The challenge is to get over the fear of what could be true and talking to a member. This website is a wonderful way to overcome this challenge without being led astray by unsupported notions on other social media. Another reason people may think we are a cult is because we are so devoted to our faith. Those people would look at members and not understand how they are so devoted. Such devotion on a large scale could be seen as something along the lines of brainwashing. The truth is that we know what we believe to be true with all our hearts mind and strength. We want others to have the happiness we have and so we send out missionaries to bring the people to the church. The last reason I believe is that there are those who do not want people to join the LDS church. Most of those people do not know what we believe and do not want to know what we believe. There are many possibilities for the church to be called a cult but I believe we are in no way a sense of the word. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Tyler
The Word of Wisdom is a comandment received through revelation to the prophet Joseph smith in the early 1800's. This commandment is for the health of our bodies and to exercise our faith. The Word of Wisdom encourages us to eat healthy foods, rest, and exercise physically. It also mentions things bad for our health and contrary to God's will. We believe that alchohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs are contrary to the Word of Wisdom. While some of things are obviouse in how they harm us, some such as coffee and tea are less obvious. The other part to the word of wisdom is the physical and mental addiction to the drink or drug. When we are addicted to something we are less dependent of our Savior Jesus Christ. When we give up the addiction we have more time to serve Him. Lastly, the Lord gives us commandments so that we can test and grow our faith. When we exercise our faith we receive blessings and opportunities to be happy. There are teas that are not contrary to the Word of Wisdom such as herbal teas. However, the farther we are from the line, the happier He is with us. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tyler
The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets including Nephi, Alma, Helaman, Mormon, Moroni, and others, compiled by Mormon, and translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tyler
We greatly respect Joseph Smith just as we respect prophets of old. We worship God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. Mormons talk of Joseph Smith a lot because He was the prophet who restored the church and translated the Book of Mormon, which were crucial for us to be able to have what is needed to obtain salvation for our souls. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Tyler
Mormons believe in the Bible because it is scripture just as important as the Book of Mormon. We believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly, meaning it is the same as when it was originally written. We look to the Bible for the accounts of Christ's life in jeruselum and of the creation of Adam and Eve. Although we don't all study the Bible as much as we should, it is still extremely important and fundamental for us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Tyler
The LDS church and it's members hold no discretion as to who is served. We are actually encouraged to help people who are not members. For an example of what the church has done and still does search "mormon helping hands" on any search engine. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Tyler
New members of the Church of Jesus Christ are first baptized for a few reasons. When we are baptized we are born again, or in other words, start a new turn in life with a new slate. We also make promises with our heavenly father to keep His commandments. Baptism is required to become a member of this church because only those who are willing to take upon themselves the name of Christ and enter the waters of baptism are worthy to be numbered among the children of God. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tyler
The tithing Mormons pay is a sacred offering to God for the purpose of expanding his kingdom here on Earth. These offerings are used solely for building new temples, churches, other church buildings, church materials such as books and manuals, and other church operating funds. Tithing does not go to pay for salaries as the mormon churches operates on a lay ministry where no person is payed for their services to God. The tithing itself is transferred from each congregation to a main tithing pool where the authorities of the church then with the aid of the Spirit decide how to most effectively use those funds. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Tyler
There are Twelve Apostles in this modern time for the purpose of leading Christ's church and standing as special witnesses of him for all times. The Apostles and the Prophet are the only men who hold the specific authority to receive revelation for His church. Nothing Jesus Christ did in his life was for a temporary purpose. Every action he made had an eternal perspective. He ordained the quorum of the Twelve Apostles to establish a foundation for his Church which would later be augmented by the Apostle Paul and other disciples to fill in missing positions of the quorum and coninue the work of salvation among men. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Tyler
Being Mormon is following Christ, loving our families, serving others, and doing those things that have an eternal purpose of joy and happiness for your loved ones. You know where you came from and where you are going. You have responsibility to the Lord and have promises of His blessings. It is great. You should try it. Show more Show less