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Hi I'm Tyler

I grew up in Idaho. I ran cross country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Idaho. I love to do things like hiking, swimming, running, and (my favorite) playing Ultimate Frisbee. I graduated high school just this year, and I'm leaving very soon to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Panamá Panamá City Mission. I like to play the piano, and I really love to play just about any type of board game. My favorites are Chess, Risk, and Clue. I've been home-schooled since I was in fourth grade through an accredited online program. Because of this, I've been able to work a lot at the local grocery store. I love to learn, and anything to do with math, science, engineering, technology, and space really excites me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the gospel is true! Christ is my Savior, and God is my Heavenly Father. I've had so many experiences that keep pointing me back to this simple concept. I know that they are there; everything points to and bears record of them. The mountains, the heavens and skies, and everything around us -- all of them show that there is a Supreme Being. We just need to open our eyes. I'm a Mormon because I need my Savior. I need to draw closer to Christ. The parable of the lost sheep is one of my favorites because the Master left behind the 99 other sheep to go to the one. I know that this is not just for sinners; yes, His fold is very large, but I know that He knows all of us personally. Whatever we are struggling with -- debt, friends, sins, family struggles, or work -- I know that He will not leave us comfortless. He has not left me comfortless.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being true to it wherever I am. Working at a grocery store may not seem like a hard place to be true to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but there are a lot of people who speak inappropriately, especially in the meat department. "I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ." Sometimes I don't even have to tell the people that they shouldn't talk like that around me; they see how I live my life and how I act and decide that it's best to not speak that way around me. I live my religion by being with my church and visiting the members. We are a "ward family," and so we do help each other out. Some of the people I visit are those that I will miss greatly while I'm gone on a mission for two years. I live it by not being afraid to say no. If anybody tries to get me to do something that I'm not comfortable with, especially if it contradicts my beliefs, I'm ready to say no. Most importantly, I live my religion by worshiping my Heavenly Father, God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that they live, and I try to pattern my life in such a way that they would be proud of what I am doing at any given time. Would I be comfortable with my thoughts and/or actions if I were in Their presence? This is a question that I ask myself a lot.