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Hi I'm Tyler Mercer

I'm an identical twin, I'm passionate about computer science, digital art, and game design, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In the summer of 2010, I became interested in programming and game design, so I taught myself how to program and how to do 3D modeling and animation. I enjoy the analytical thinking that computer science requires, and I love expressing myself creatively through digital art. Game design - creating a universe from my own imagination, with a unique story and characters and interactive mechanics - is something that I find very fulfilling. I was studying computer science at university, but I've currently postponed my education to serve a full-time mission for two years. I'm serving in the England London South Mission, and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though life is difficult sometimes, I find great solace in God's love for me. Being an analytical thinker, I used to struggle with the concept of faith - "a hope for things not seen, which are true," as Alma says in the Book of Mormon - but I was blessed tremendously as I learned to develop faith in Jesus Christ. I have felt His love and support in my life when I thought I had no one to turn to. I've received guidance when I needed it - even when I thought I didn't. Because of the guidance and comfort I've been blessed with through the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that I can return to Him someday, even though I'm not perfect. I've also seen God bless other people's lives, which is always a great comfort to me when I want to help someone but don't know exactly how.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving a full-time mission for the Church. I've been blessed greatly through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to share those blessings with others. I know that God desires to bless His children, if they will come to Him and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to do what I can to help people receive those blessings.

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

Tyler Mercer
As Alma said to Korihor in the Book of Mormon, "All things denote there is a God." Perhaps the most significant of these to me personally is the existence of my "self" -- something within me that is evidence to me that I exist as something more than just mathematically-interacting particles. For me this disproves atheism (which used to be what I believed). Another powerful evidence to me of the existence of God is how He has changed me as I followed the Gospel. God didn't just tell me the Gospel, the Book of Mormon, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true--He showed me. He showed me through the changes that I saw in myself as I followed the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Tyler Mercer
In John chapter 3 verse 5, the Saviour Jesus Christ taught that unless a person is born of water (baptism) and born of the Spirit (confirmation--being given the gift of the Holy Ghost) they cannot enter into the kingdom of God. This is because we cannot live with God unless we promise to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, keep His commandments, and always remember Him--and this promise is made through baptism. Baptism must be done by someone who hold's God's priesthood authority. This is because "God is not the author of confusion" (John 14:33) and is not divided (see 1 Corinthians 1:10-13). He is a god of order, and because of that, baptism must be done in the way He has commanded: by proper authority, by immersion (see Colossians 2:12), and "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). Show more Show less