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Hi I'm Ty

I'm from central California. I am currently a missionary.

About Me

My hobbies/skills include web programming, game programming, software development, and Arduino programming. I program game asset packages for game developers. I just graduated high school. I'm taking two years off to serve a mission. Then I plan to go to college for a computer science degree.

Why I am a Mormon

Because the Church is true. I grew up in the Church, so I've been familiar with the doctrine my whole life. A few years ago, having felt like I never had a true conversion experience, I read the Book of Mormon from beginning to end and took Moroni's challenge to pray, seeking for a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I felt the Spirit witness to me that it is true. While I had had smaller experiences feeling the Spirit before then, this experience gives me something to turn to.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving a full-time mission for the Church to preach the Gospel. I recently graduated Seminary, which I attended the morning of each school day for four years, where I studied the words of Christ. I study the scriptures every day. I seek revelation and guidance from God in all that I do. I share the glad message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and invite others and help the draw closer to their Savior.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Ty
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to happiness. The knowledge of who we are, why we are here, and where we go after this life is a tremendous blessing. This is the only church with the power and authority to seal families for time and all eternity. Missionaries do not proselyte for profit or gain or any earthly treasure. On the contrary, they volunteer full-time service to share the message of the restored gospel out of love for those they teach. Because we are all beloved children of a loving Heavenly Father, missionaries reach out with brotherly love to invite others to share in their happiness. I will be serving a mission shortly because I know the Gospel can bring the same happiness to others as it has brought to me. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Ty
Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection. In a similar sense, baptism is an expression of our change of heart and rebirth as we turn from our past sins and become a new clean person through Jesus Christ. During baptism, we promise to God that we will take Christ's name upon us, to follow him, and keep His commandments. In turn, we are promised that our sins are forgiven and we can return to live with Him if we keep our promise. Baptism is a commandment from God, which is why even Jesus Christ, who was perfect needed to be baptized. It must be performed under God's priesthood authority, which had been restored through Joseph Smith and is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Baptism by water is not complete without baptism by the Spirit, which means to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. We receive that gift in another priesthood ordinance, by the laying on of hands. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ty
In Matthew 5:48, Jesus Christ commanded, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Alma 40:26 says, "No unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God." None of us are perfect. We all fall short at some point. We stumble. We fall. But if we accept Jesus Christ as our savior, he can lift us up with his outstretched hand so we can try again. We cannot succeed our our own, but much is still required of us. We must press forward. God gives us commandments. Those commandments are designed to guide us to become the person God would have us be. Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient to the commandments and embodied the kind of character we should all strive to become. We, however, make mistakes. Because of grace, it is possible to repent, which requires action on our part. We turn away from our mistakes and sins and become new, more Christlike people. As we allow Jesus Christ to shape us, our past transgressions are remembered no more and we are freed from the guilt of sin. We exercise faith in Jesus Christ by doing the things he would do if he was in our place. That includes obedience, charity, love, diligence, etc. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ty
Ask God. Start reading the Book of Mormon, and ask God sincerely if it is true. Then listen to the Spirit, which whispers to us through thoughts and feelings of peace and comfort. If it is true, then Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God. If he was a prophet, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church restored on the earth, led by a living prophet who leads by revelation from God. This is how I received my witness. It is how you can receive yours. Show more Show less