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Hi I'm Ty

I have grown up for most of my life in Spanish Fork, Utah. I am a songwriter, and I am in a rock band. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently preparing for my audition for the School of Music in college. I want to study media music, because I want to own my own recording studio someday. There, I will be able to write and record my own music, as well as the music of other musicians who want to be successful in the music business. My hope is that my studio will be built in my home, so that I am able to spend time with my family as well as do my work. I have loved music for as long as I can remember ... if you look back through my family's video tapes, you will find videos of me dancing around and singing to my siblings. I can be quite a tease. I am 18 years old, and I have a group of friends at college that I love and that I am very close to. I'm also a pretty ambitious student--I love to push myself. I feel good when I am trying my best to accomplish something with the opportunities that I have been given. I'd like to get a little bit more athletic in my life, but only because I am currently pretty athletically inept. I remember when my cousin asked me if I wanted to go to volleyball camp with him, and my response was, "Sure!...volleyball camp. That's where they hit the ball over the net, right?" That aside, I am proud to say that I went to volleyball camp with my cousin, and it has since become my favorite sport. As I continue to study for school, practice guitar and drums for my musical ambitions, and spend time with my friends and family, I find joy in the life that I live.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon changes my life for the better. I have a testimony that God has given us all of the truth that we need to return to Him, and I know that all of His truth can be found in this gospel. As I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is the word of God, I have received a witness by the Holy Ghost that it is, and that Joseph Smith received a vision in which God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ restored the gospel upon the earth. I have been born and raised in the church by loving parents, which is why my conversion story has come to me line-by-line. I have found that every time I choose to humble myself and be obedient to the things that the church teaches, both through the Holy Scriptures and through our living prophets, I have never found anything but increased joy in my life. Not once have I been led astray by the teachings of this church. I have found that the more service I give, the more I get back, and that in the end I am unable to truly sacrifice anything for this gospel--it is the gift that keeps on giving. As I am growing older, I continue to face new challenges, and in order to keep my spirits up I need to continually turn to the scriptures and prayer in order to get a grip on everything that comes my way. Nevertheless, even when I feel unable to do everything that is asked of me, if I put God first in my life and seek to live His commandments, it always works out in the end. Always. That is my solemn testimony, and because of the wonderful joy and blessings that I have received from His gospel, I cannot deny it. I am so grateful to have been born in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to have been baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. By listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, I am guided to know what things I should do in my life in order to find the wonderful joy that God has to offer to me and those I love. I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives, and I love Him with all of my heart.

How I live my faith

I am currently attending a Youth Single Adult ward. It is a lot of fun to be with so many people my age--almost everyone in the ward is a single adult, aged 18 or 19 years old, like myself. Because of that, many of us hold callings that would usually be held by an older individual in other wards. For example, one of my opportunities to serve in my ward is through my calling as a Sunday School teacher. I have a teaching partner, and she and I prepared lessons this past year (2012) to teach out of the Book of Mormon. As I prepared lessons, my heart grew, and I am now more sensitive to all of the wonderful blessings in my life. I found that I love teaching, and I am excited to say that I will get to continue to prepare lessons with my partner to teach our Sunday School class in the upcoming year. I am also a home teacher in my ward, and I get the opportunity to visit my assigned ward members at least once a month. I have made close friends with the people that I visit--I visit two guys and two girls. My roommate is my home teaching companion, and together we prepare messages for our "families" away from home. My roommate and I have come close to the guys and the girls that we visit, and we are uplifted whenever we see one another. Recently, my ward had a talent show on a Thursday night, and I got to be the "MC" for that. It was a lot of fun for me. It was a different kind of service, and it was such a cool experience that I don't even know if I can call it that. My roommate and I also prepared a song to perform at that talent show, and that was a lot of fun for us to take time out of our busy studying for finals week in school to do that. I cannot wait to serve a full time two-year mission to share my testimony with all of the amazing people in this world that I can, My friends at school are also preparing to do so, which helps me prepare as I see their examples.