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Hi I'm Tyler Searle

I'm an Accounting Student at BYU and I love sports and traveling. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a student at BYU in Utah. I was born in Utah but grew up in Arizona. I am the oldest of 5 kids. I played football and threw shot-put and discus in high school, as well as participated in Academic Decathlon, where our team placed 2nd in a national competition. I love camping, fishing, sports, books, tv- pretty much everything. I served a two year mission in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. I speak Spanish, and a little bit of French, German and Hebrew. I'm studying Accounting at BYU. I've traveled to Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Tonga, Germany, Denmark, Norway, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Spain. Someday, I hope to travel to Jerusalem. I'm interested in different cultures, and the way that people interact all over the world. I believe that as everyone connects and learns more about each other, we can help solve the world's problems. I was married in August 2015 to a wonderful girl who pushes me to be better in every way.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know and feel the truthfulness of the gospel taught in the Church. I was born into a family with parents who were members of the LDS church, and from the time I was little I was taught by my parents to pray and read the scriptures. I had small experiences when I was a child that helped me develop faith in the power of prayer, and fasting, and the comfort that the scriptures can bring. I went to youth activities when I was younger, and the love of the leaders and the things they taught made a huge impression on me. When I left for college, I had apply what I had learned without my parents and siblings. My first year at college I had the opportunity to attend General Conference, the semi-annual meeting of the church where the worldwide leaders gather and share messages they've prepared for the members. When the prophet entered the room, everybody stood up and you could feel the spirit enter with him. The way I felt listening to those messages confirmed to me that this was where I belonged. I served a mission for my church in Hermosillo, Mexico for two years, and that experience changed the way I saw the church and the gospel forever. Before that, I had taken for granted a lot of the peripheral aspects of the church. Where I grew up, there were lots of members, lots of activities, and lots of social reasons to attend the church. On my mission I was able to deepen my understanding of the teachings of the church, and see how the teachings of the gospel can bless and help people in any situation. I had to learn another language, and I had to learn to teach, and I had to rely on the Lord's help more than ever before in my life. He didn't abandon me, and I felt his love and support in my most dark and hopeless and lonely moments. I learned to see him as my loving Father in Heaven, who cares about me and teaches me. I love the Lord, and knowing what I know, and feeling what I've felt, I could never leave Him or this church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day, by being a good example of Christ, and making sure that my actions reflect my beliefs. I ask myself what others would think of Christ, if all they knew about Christian teachings came from my example. I try to occasionally share uplifting content on Facebook, and I strive to help and serve those around me. I love answering people's questions about my faith when I'm at work, school, or anywhere else. I served a mission for the church in Mexico, so telling people about how I learned Spanish has given me lots of opportunities to share little bits of what we believe, and answer people's questions. I like being a good friend and reaching out to others around me in love, even when it isn't totally convenient. The church offers lots of opportunities to serve others. Christ's message was one of love, and a belief in the potential of all of us. Uplifting others is the work he would want all of us to be engaged in, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given me plenty of opportunities to do that.

What is the priesthood?

Tyler Searle
The Priesthood is the power and authority to bless others in the name of God. He gives this power to certain worthy men in order to bless others. The priesthood isn't the right to boss anyone around, or think you're better than someone- its a commission to serve others. Priesthood holders are supposed to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being a light to others, and giving of themselves to help them. A priesthood holder is expected to act like Christ, by being humble, meek, loving, patient, etc. Depending on their office in the priesthood, priesthood holders perform different functions. Priesthood holders get to prepare, bless, and pass out the sacrament bread and water, to help others remember Christ, and the promises they made to Him at baptism. They also can put their hands on someone's head and give them blessings of comfort in times of distress, or blessings of healing when they're sick or hurt. Priesthood authority is required to baptize, as well as give the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that this authority comes to us in a direct line from Christ. Christ had authority as the son of God, and he ordained his apostles with priesthood power in His lifetime. Now, in this age, 3 of those apostles, Peter, James, and John, have appeared to Joseph Smith, restoring that same authority. From Joseph Smith, it has been passed down to us. It is a great privilege and responsibility to hold this gift. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Tyler Searle
Authority is important in the performance of baptisms because baptism represents a covenant that a person is making with God. A covenant is a two-way promise in which God promises us blessings in return for obedience to certain commandments. Upon baptism, we receive forgiveness of our sins, and the promise that the Holy Ghost can be with us always. We promise God that we will keep his commandments, wear his name proudly and represent Him in our actions, and always remember the work that his Son did for us. God is the one that sets the terms of the agreement. It is His kingdom we are seeking entrance to. He requires that only people He has authorized through the proper channels be allowed to participate in the covenant making process. The Priesthood is power that God trusts to worthy men to act in his name in helping make these agreements. God is the one who ultimately forgives sins, so how could a man baptize without God's permission, and still have the baptism take effect? Those who are baptized without authority are demonstrating their desire to serve God, but without the authority, the full blessings cannot be realized. Luckily, God's plan provides a way for everyone to have the chance to receive a properly authorized baptism before they will be judged. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Tyler Searle
We need a Savior because we are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world. God is a perfect and pure being, and if we ever want to live in his presence, we need to be equally pure, or we won't be able to stand his glorious presence. Unfortunately, in this life we are fallen both physically and spiritually. Our bodies get old and decay. We make bad decisions daily that separate us a little more from our Father in Heaven. Luckily, in his infinite wisdom and love, Heavenly Father has not left us to suffer and fail alone. He provided his son Jesus Christ to be our leader and save us from our physical and spiritual shortcomings. He suffered, bled and died on the cross, taking upon himself all the responsibility of our sins, and conquered death through his own resurrection. He is willing to argue our case before the Father, and to make us truly clean if we follow his commandments. Christ is our Savior because without Him, there would be no resurrection, and we would have no hope to return to God's presence. He is our Savior because he alone, as the only perfect man, is able to free us from our sins. He is our Savior because He loves and understands what we're going through, and He is there to save us from ourselves. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and I honestly need him every hour. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Tyler Searle
Being a Mormon doesn't mean you are weird, backwards, or old fashioned. Being a Mormon means that you strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ with your family, and uplift those around you. Being a Mormon means keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ, and staying worthy of the blessings he gives us both now and in the future. Sometimes, it may mean standing up for your beliefs when others tempt you to do things you don't think are right. It means that you love your neighbors regardless of their beliefs, and sharing the gospel with those who are open to hearing about it. It means trusting in God and believing that his way is the path to true happiness. It means praying and reading your scriptures daily, attending church meetings regularly, and striving to be a beacon to others drawing them to Christ. Show more Show less