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Hi I'm Tyler

I grew up in Utah. I love sports and the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid BYU basketball and football fan. I enjoy eating and also eating. I like to eat. I really like pizza, sushi, fettuccine alfredo (really any kind of pasta), a tasty burger, and Wendy's frosties. I usually can't decide between vanilla or chocolate and so sometimes I ask them to mix both. I also like trying foods that I haven't eaten before. The one food I really don't like are scrambled eggs. I like fried eggs though for some reason. I am surprised I am not overweight by how much food I eat. I'd say I'm in relatively good shape. I love playing the piano. I wish I could be a pianist for a career, but I'm not really as good as I think I am. I like to sit down and play hymn arrangements, especially by Paul Cardall (and others) that are relaxing and allow me to feel the Holy Ghost. I can play all of the hymns in the hymn book except for the ones no one ever sings. I'm jealous of people who can play by ear. I put in lots of hours of practicing, and I wish I could have a grand piano. I have an electric keyboard that works pretty well though. I love the Book of Mormon. Who knows what kind of person I'd be without that book. I know that it is true because I live what it says and it brings me happiness and protection from evil influences.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon isn't always easy. Sometimes it's hard to have the will to wake up on Sunday morning for early 9 o'clock church or 7 o'clock mission prep. Being a Mormon means that you have to be willing to give up being like what most of the world is like. The more you distance yourself from sin though, the easier it is to want to do the right thing. That's the way it is for me now, at least. I absolutely loath sinning. It makes me feel empty inside when I sin. Though I was born a Mormon, I am still a Mormon. I'm not a Mormon because my parents are. I actually know that all that is taught in this church is true because of the way I live the gospel. The Holy Ghost tells me that by the experiences that I've had, I've come to know that living the principles taught in this church is good and is from God. The gospel make me want to follow Christ and become perfect through his atonement.

How I live my faith

Faith is an action word. I live my faith everyday. I read from the Book of Mormon--everyday. I pray to Heavenly Father--at least twice a day. I go to church every week. I try to worship at the temple at least a couple of times a month. I serve the members of my family and also my friends, as well as random people on the street. I stay away from bad parties and refrain being with people who don't hold very good moral values, but I still am nice to them. I maintain a clean-looking appearance and treat my body like a gift. My body is a gift from God, it's not entirely mine, and so I don't wear lip/nose/bellybutton/ear/eyebrow rings, gauges, or tattoos. I don't drink, smoke, or do illegal drugs. I am preparing to serve a mission to tell other people the truth that I know.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tyler
When Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, they died a spiritual death, meaning that they could no longer live in the presence of God. This is called The Fall. Adam and Eve were now able to have children and know good from evil. Adam and Eve were also subject to infirmities, weaknesses, and sin. The atonement allows us to overcome the consequences of The Fall. We can erase our transgressions, and even more importantly the atonement enables us to improve ourselves while on this earth. We don't earn our way to heaven, we are here to learn heaven. The atonement also makes it possible every person to be resurrected no matter what they have done. But depending on whether or not we used the atonement in our lives will determine the type of glorified body we receive when we are resurrected. We can use the atonement by having faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, being born again through baptism and the reception of the Holy Ghost, and enduring faithfully until the end of our lives. Jesus Christ had to make intercession in behalf of all mankind in order for the atonement to work. Unlike any of us, he was perfect. Our mortal minds can completely comprehend the atonement, but God has promised us that if we do use this incredible gift we can become even as Jesus is. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tyler
Many people have died without a knowledge of the true restored gospel. Jesus Christ and Father in Heaven are very, very merciful. Think of how many people have died without a knowledge of the gospel! Heavenly Father loves all of his children equally and gives them an equal chance at salvation. In order for a person to enter into God's kingdom, they must be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. These ordinances are done for the dead in our temples by proxy, meaning an alive person performs an ordinance in behalf of a dead person. Show more Show less