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Hi I'm Tyler

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am serving as a full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Tyler. I was born in Southern California to deaf parents. My siblings and I are all hearing. Growing up in a household with deaf parents was an experience all its own, but I wouldn't have it any other way. My parents were divorced when I was a child and my siblings and I moved with my mother to Nevada. I was raised by my mother and grandparents here in Nevada. It was not until my senior year of high school that I was exposed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and then was baptized. I just finished my second semester at Brigham Young University and have since begun my service as a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaching the deaf in the New York South Mission, consisting of Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Long Island. My hobbies include playing electric guitar ( I was part of a heavy metal band in high school), cooking great food, and meeting new people. I am the only member in my family (both immediate and extended) and hope someday to teach the truths of the Gospel to my family!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I came from a non-denominational Christian background, and had always a love for my Savior. Through my associations with different LDS individuals in high school, I became exposed to the Church. Through my friends' righteous example, I became interested in the Church. I began attending the Church's Sunday worship service, commonly referred to as a Sacrament Meeting. On Father's Day of 2011, the Spirit touched me and I felt that I needed to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I met with the missionaries, who taught me the "whys" of the Church's beliefs, and read the Book of Mormon, I prayed to my Father in Heaven to know if these things were true. Following the confirmation I received, I made the steps towards baptism. I was baptized on the Third of March, 2012, and was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the following day. I know that this Church is True, that Joseph Smith was the Prophet through whom God the Father and Jesus Christ restored the pure and correct gospel, and that the missionaries do a great work. If you have any questions, ask the missionaries; they can help!

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon! Since my baptism on March 3rd, 2012, I have had the opportunity to serve in callings, or voluntary assignments, to help build my character and to help others in my ward (a congregation). Upon my joining the Church, I was called by my bishop (a lay leader of a congregation) to be a Family History Consultant. My duties in this calling included working alongside the Stake (a body consisting of a number of congregations) Genealogical consultant to assist members in my ward with their genealogical records. In essence, I helped people map out their family trees. I also taught them how to index. Indexing is a service which people can voluntarily do which consists of extracting valuable data from different records, such as the 1940 United States Census, and compiling them into online searchable databases. Once these records had been indexed, the Church compiled them into a free online database called FamilySearch. If you have free time, go ahead and check it out!

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tyler
Absolutely not! We worship God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We only give worship to our God and our Lord and Savior. We revere Joseph Smith as a great man through who God and Jesus Christ restored the Gospel. It is not appropriate to worship anyone else besides God the Father and Jesus Christ. We believe that the reverence that is given to Joseph Smith is the same that should be given to any other scriptural prophet, such as Moses, Abraham, or Alma (from the Book of Mormon); that is, that they were great men through who God worked amazing miracles. This was a question that I had when I was investigating the Church. Discovering the answer was "no" was relieving! Show more Show less