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Hi I'm Tymon

I'm a college student. I grew up in Virginia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from a mixed rice background; my father immigrated to the United States from China and my mother is white. Some of my hobbies are playing the piano, biking, and reading. I especially love Sherlock Holmes stories, science fiction and history. Currently, I'm studying history at college. Soon I'll be teaching the gospel in the Tacoma Washington area.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon since I was born ( or since I was baptized at 8 if you want to be technical). My mother's line have been Mormons since the pioneer days. Notwithstanding this, I had to build my faith. Growing up in Virginia, it made me a bit of outsider. When I consider the question of why I believe, it comes down to inspiration and experience. In the scriptures, God gives the promise that if we knock, it shall be opened. Therefore as we study, pray and act upon the gospel, we can receive a witness of its truths. To share an example, I was once challenged to study the Book of Mormon for 30 minutes with a notebook to write down what I learned. I did so. I came across a reference testifying the principal that as we seek we'll find. I felt a profound influence that I know was the spirit of God. Since the Book of Mormon is the keystone of the LDS faith, this was a witness of the entire gospel. I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true, that Jesus is the Christ, and that President Monson is a living prophet of God.

How I live my faith

Faith is built as it is lived. Since my early teens, I've made a habit of reading the scriptures. My favorite books in the scriptures are the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. As I pray and study them, I gain insights into how to live my beliefs. Part of this includes visiting and sharing a message to other church members with a partner. I put effort into fulfilling this command. If they needed help, I provide it. For example, my dad and I once helped a family put up a fence. Outside of the church, I contributed to food and book drives to help others. While at college, I was asked to help teach my fellow college students about the Bible in a classroom setting. Every other Sunday, my partner and I prepared a lesson on gospel truths, sharing our testimonies and helping others gain them. Despite my initial response that this meant less time for studying, my semesters flowed fairly smoothly. As I prayed and prepared, I felt that the lessons went well. Once when thanked for being a good teacher, I responded that it was God's responsibility not mine. As I exerted myself in obedience, God blessed me.