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Hi I'm Tyler Gathro

I am an artist and photographer. I studied in New York City and love to travel. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Tyler. People call me Tyler. Or Ty... that is if we've reached that level. I'm a recent college graduate from The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. From the time I was 10 years old I know exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was going to be a big name artist showing my work all over the world. Yeah... that changed. After living in Israel and Jordan for six months in 2011 I'm not really sure what I'm gonna be when I grow up. I mean, I still consider myself and artist and photographer, but there are so many questions about what that means and what I do with it. As for now I'm just living life one step at a time. I love to travel and see the world. I fit well in big cities, but I often miss the mountains and rivers. I enjoy reading and always tell myself I would love to write more, but never do. Maybe some day. The easiest way to please me is with flashin' a yoo-hoo in front of me, passin' me a nice note, running up and giving me a big hug... or a strawberry milkshake, or giving me a phone call just because. Yep, that's me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the faith with parents who always brought me to church but never forced me. In fact, they never really forced me to do anything except eat what was on my plate and do my chores around the house. When I was about 14 years old I started to questions things for myself more than ever before. I saw and listened to older friends in the church talk about things they believed and knew to be true. But what about me? What did I know to be true? I always knew that God lived and that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world. That was etched into my heart from the time of infancy I believe, but what about The Book of Mormon, The Bible, and all the principles of The LDS Church? The reason I am a Mormon is because I sought for answers and found them. I have studied it out in my own mind and have come to learn for myself that The Book of Mormon was not written by Joseph Smith. It is an ancient record written by ancient prophets of God for our day. As I have listened to modern prophets and apostles, I have felt in my heart and mind the peaceful assuring power of the Holy Ghost tell me that they are men ordained of God to guide us on our moral trajectory of life. I am a Mormon because every time I follow the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel more peace and assurance in my life, recognize more miracles, gain a better understanding of God's plan in general and for me in particular, and I am happier. This does not mean that other churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, etc. are devoid of happiness and truth. Not at all. But as someone who loves world religions and how has attended services of over 10 different religions, I know that The LDS Church is the only church on the earth with all truth. It is God's church. This I know.

How I live my faith

I have lived my faith differently over the years. There have been times when I wore the name of Jesus Christ over my heart as a full-time missionary and there have been other times when I simple put images on the wall of people praying. In high school I started wanting to create images that were more meaningful to me. I have created images dealing with spiritual light, the ritual of prayer, and life after death. These themes sometimes became difficult to defend when other around me in the art world would try to debunk them, but I always stood my ground, because I knew what was true. In the past few years I have served in many different capacities in the church from organizing large conferences and leading 1000 young single adults in Manhattan to scrubbing bathroom floors and shoveling snow. But I believe the real demonstration of ones faith is how they live their life from day to day. I may not allows be the best example of this, but I like to think that I am at least trying. Do we give compliments to others, listen when someone has had a bad day, or give our time when someone is in need of help? Do we study the word of God daily and turn to God in prayer often? These are the types of things that really show ones faith.