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Hi I'm Tyler Almond

I grew up in a small town Tooele, Utah. I am currently serving in Pennsylvania on a 2 year mission.

About Me

I grew up in the church, but fell away for a time. I grew up playing many different sports. I played soccer for a time then started baseball at the age of 7. I continued playing baseball and then took up basketball. I wanted to play football, but my mom was scared that her baby would get hurt so it wasn't until I was in 7th grade that I started playing football. I played on accelerated teams for baseball and basketball which over lapped football. I ended up falling away from the church because my faith was shaken as a young kid when my dad left my family for another woman. I went through my life knowing what was right and wrong, but chose not to listen to the promptings of the spirit and as such I lost the privilege to have him as my constant companion! I was humbled and turned to God in my time of need. He heard my pleas and cries of repentance. He lifted the burdens that my sins and the loss of my dad had placed on me and replaced it with love! After I felt the unconditional love He has for me I wanted to share that with everyone I could. I then got my life in order and am serving as a missionary of 24 years old in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings peace and happiness into my life that I did not know was possible. I have been through many various things and have been able to overcome them all because of this wonderful gospel. We have the restored gospel and authority that Jesus Christ gave to the original apostles. Because of this we can perform all the ordinances that every person needs to receive exaltation in the Kingdom of our Father. I receive strength and guidance the more I follow Jesus Christ and His teachings. I have a relationship with my Father in Heaven that many can not fathom. I know Him personally and He knows me! This knowledge allows me to see Him as a loving, caring, compassionate Father! I am a Mormon because it makes me happy to know that no matter where I go it is the same! The teachings, authority, principles, and people are the all the same, disciples of Christ. Being a Mormon is not easy and brings more blessings the more you work and struggle to do what is right. There is a support system that is world wide that you just can't find anywhere else! The people are flawed, but love God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and extend that love to all they meet. Being a member of this wonderful religion is so wonderful that I could not see myself ever leaving it again. After the witness that I have received about so many things in the Church I strive to increase in so many things to help others around me. It is that spirit of service that I love doing. When you serve the least of these your brothers you are only in the service of your God!

How I live my faith

I did not live the religion I have come to rely on and love. I now live my religion by trying each and everyday to overcome my weaknesses. I seek earnestly to build my strengths and use my talents to build up the Lord's Kingdom. I read the scriptures, the Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, and living scripture from the modern day prophets, apostles, and general authorities. Knowing that God loves me so much that He sent His only begotten to the earth to atone for my sins and teach by example. I follow Jesus Christ to become a better person. Though I fall short each and everyday the atonement allows me the opportunity to seek forgiveness and overcome those things that hold me back from obtaining the Celestial Kingdom. I try each and everyday to serve as many as I can in every way possible. I show my love for my family, both physically and spiritually, helping in any way possible. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a lifestyle change and am so happy the more I change to be the person that God wants me to be by following His Son, my redeemer and Savior! I am currently serving in the Knox branch in Pennsylvania on my mission. It is a small town in rural PA, but it is a great place that I have come to know my Savior as well as my Father in Heaven and some of the mysteries of His Kingdom. I am very thankful to the members here and all that they do for me. Most of all the example they set as being stalwart members of the Church and exhibiting a deep level of dedication to our Father's will. I am very thankful for all that I have experienced on my mission and would not trade anything for it!

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Tyler Almond
The Book of Mormon is only different in where it takes place. It is the same teachings that Christ taught in Jerusalem. It contains the purest form of the gospel that this earth has seen. It has not been left up to men to decide what should or should not be included. As it is directly from God to His ancient prophets to translation it is the complete gospel. It contains the truths that have been lost over hundreds and thousands of years. It is simple and pure teachings of Jesus the Christ for us in our day to help the Bible convince us of God the Father, Jesus Christ our Savior, and the Holy Ghost. It is here to help us know who They are and what They do for us. It is not The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Bible, it is not supposed to take its place, but to make clear the teachings that will bring salvation and exaltation to us all. Joseph Smith Jr. received the plates after a series of visits from a heavenly messenger named Moroni. Moroni instructed Joseph Smith Jr. on his role to bring the plates forth for humanity. Joseph then went and found the plates after being instructed Moroni in 1827. It was then translated into English. Since then it has been translated in its entirety into 82 languages with 25 more languages of partial translation. Show more Show less