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Hi I'm Tyler

I am 18 years old and graduated from Frontier High School on May 29, 2014.I enjoy long distance running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just like anyone else, I have my own personal likes and dislikes. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormon faith, for my entire life. I enjoy learning how to do new things and find great satisfaction from the successful completion of daunting challenges, even when it may not be easy. One of these challenges was the 67 mile hike of 14,497 ft Mt. Whitney during an 8-day summer camp put on by the Church. I love the outdoors and take every opportunity to run, bike, hike, shoot, or fish. I have found that the peace afforded by nature invites the Spirit of the Lord in a way not found in many other places. I have been called to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I will devote the next two years of my life to serving the people of the Paraguay Asunción North Mission. I will report to the Missionary Training Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 31, 2014, to begin my service and training experience. I know this will not be an easy experience, as there are many obstacles to overcome including increasing Spanish proficiency, but I have found such true and pure joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I truly desire to share it with others. I am so excited to undertake this new endeavor! Nervous, but excited!

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings more peace and direction than any other organization in existence. Life is not perfect, and it never will be, but through a knowledge of the reality of Jesus Christ and His life of service, we can all understand God's love for us. I am a Mormon because I know, without a doubt, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my Savior and Redeemer. When times are tough, I can turn to Him, and although I cannot see Him, I know He is there and He understands. He willingly suffered and gave His life, the only perfect being to ever live, that you and me alike can strive to become better and eventually return to live with God the Father and those we love in the highest degree of glory. This is conditional upon obedience and is not always easy, but without His sacrifice there would be no hope or purpose to life. I am a Mormon because I have seen God's hand in my life and know that He loves each and every one of us. Never forget that, no matter what happens, we are all sons and daughters of Almighty God, and there is always hope no matter how hard life may seem. He will never give up on you, so don't give up on Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by standing as an example of our Savior Jesus Christ in all I do. The Lord, in all His infinite wisdom and mercy, has shown us the path to more joy and happiness than we can imagine through living the gospel of Jesus Christ with all of one's might, mind, and strength, so why would I not do my best to constantly remember Him? I truly have noticed a difference between my life and that of one who does not have the gospel, and I can say with complete confidence that this truly is God's church on the Earth today. I have had many opportunities to witness this faith through my actions, and one such was my participation on the high school track team. During my Junior year, I was the only member of the Church on the team, and everyone knew me to be Mormon. As a middle distance runner, I often had the opportunity and privilege of explaining my personal beliefs to my teammates as they sought to understand why I live the way I do. At the end of the year, my coach approached me and thanked me for being such a good example. Unbeknownst to myself at the time, there were times when the integrity of something a teammate said would be questioned, but everyone knew I was Mormon and would not lie or give false truth for any reason. I had not realized prior to this point that I was being watched quite this closely, but this serves as a testimony to me that the Gospel really does make all the difference in the world. As I have grown up a member of the Mormon faith, my reputation with my peers at school and otherwise has always included my membership in the Church. I know this to be because of my determination to live according to the commandments of God, such as to not drink coffee, use profane language, or defile myself with drugs or other abusive substances. This is how I live my faith: by following the teachings of the Lord and His prophets at all time and in all places, even when it may not be the easy thing to do.