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Hi I'm Tyler

I grew up in Hawaii and Idaho, was an exchange student in Germany, and now I study at BYU. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm taking a two year break from my studies at Brigham Young University to serve a mission in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I love playing my guitar and listening to music, especially heavy metal (my favorite band is Mastodon). I enjoy reading anything from "A Tale of Two Cities" to "The Alchemist" to "Guns, Germs and Steel". I enjoy cooking. I often try to replicate (with various degrees of success) the Polynesian, Japanese and Korean foods I grew up eating during my childhood in Hawaii. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors here in Idaho, where we have excellent hiking, fishing, mountain biking and even surfing (river surfing, that is). Life is wonderful!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Hawaii I spent my early years steeped in a melting pot of cultures from all over the pacific. I met practitioners of many faiths, including Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. I recall finding joy in watching others live their faith, and I learned to appreciate the kernel of universal human truth that resides at the core of every system of beliefs. However, in the metaphysical aspects of each sect I attended, I found myself unsatisfied with their solution to the big question that every religion seeks to answer: "Why?" Why am I here, what is my purpose, where am I going? In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I found what my soul was searching for. Mormons believe not only that mankind is inherently good, but that it is inherently divine. We believe that our time on Earth is meant to be happy, and that when problems inevitably arise in our lives they are opportunities to make us stronger and happier, rather than punishment. I admit that I still don't know everything about life, I don't necessarily have an answer to every question I have, but I'm grateful that God gives me opportunities to learn every day. I am convinced that we have a loving God that watches over us, laughs when we laugh, weeps when we weep, and who cared enough to send His only begotten son to redeem His children. I know that God loves me, and I know that He loves you too.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a missionary for the Church in the Wisconsin Milwaukee mission! You know those two well-dressed young men (or sisters) that you see walking around your town or knocking on your door? That's me right now, until September of 2015. We get up at 6:30 am, study the scriptures for two hours, and then spend the rest of the day wandering around, talking to everyone we meet, visiting people who need help, volunteering in the community, and generally trying our best to follow our savior when he says, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19). It's been a wonderful and humbling blessing in my life. If you don't believe me, go find a missionary wherever you live and ask them about it; they love talking about the Gospel and anything else related to it!

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Tyler
A lot of things! I like to spend a lot of time in the outdoors, so I have plenty of time to admire God's handiwork. When I see the glint of a fish's scales or the light reflecting off a granite peak, I feel awed and humbled by the artistry of our creator. As a science major, I've spent a great deal of time studying the intricate molecular machinery within living cells. The delicate systems in place to keep us alive are so elegant, so functional, that I believe that they could come from nowhere but the mind of God. But most importantly is the spiritual relationship I have with Heavenly Father. When I pray to Him, the way I feel lets me know that there's someone listening, and my life has been blessed tremendously because of that. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Tyler
Nope! As a missionary here in Wisconsin I have met plenty of folks in need of help who are not members of the Church, and many times I have been able to refer them to people in the Church who are more than happy to help them find work, shelter, or even a car. We like helping people out when we can. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Tyler
People getting baptized. Show more Show less