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Hi I'm Tyson

I'm a college student, I'm happy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happy guy who's currently attending college. In particular I'm studying computer animation, so naturally I enjoy 3D films by Pixar, Dreamworks, and geek out at special effects found in movies like The Avengers, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. I returned home a couple years ago from serving a mission for the Church a couple years ago in which I spent time teaching the Gospel to those who visited the mormon.org chat site. Because of my mission experience, I have an interest for studying Church history, apologetics and research. I'm the oldest child, or the guinea pig, whichever you prefer to use :) and enjoy drawing/painting wildlife art, 3D modeling, playing the piano, hanging out with family and friends, watching collegiate sports, and keeping my music always going.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know for myself that the beliefs and values I hold dear are true principles. I was raised into a family who already belonged to the Church, but being the typical independent person that I am, I wasn't satisfied with basing my beliefs on what others had told me they believed. And so, through years of study, prayer, and personal application, I have received an individual witness from God that His teachings, centered on our Savior Jesus Christ and found within this Church, are what will bring us the greatest joy in this life and ultimately Eternal Life in the next.

How I live my faith

Directly within the Church, I assist with keeping track of the financial information specific to the congregation (aka. ward) that I attend. In addition, I have been given the opportunity to participate in something known as "home teaching". Each member within the Church is elected to visit often with a select number of individuals from the congregation. This gives me (and others) a chance to get to know those I attend church with a bit better, to be a friend, and to assist them in any way possible. In general, I live my faith by striving to seek the will of the Lord every time I begin a new day.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Tyson
As simply as I can state, the answer is no. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Tyson
Mormons believe that families are the fundamental unit of society, and that God has established families to bring happiness to His children, allowing them to learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere, and preparing them for Eternal Life. The means by which Heavenly Father's children learn these correct principles come through the divine institution of parenthood. Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Not every family is perfect, however families centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be blessed with peace, joy, and happiness. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Tyson
When we hear the word "prophet", many of us who are familiar with the Bible can recall the name of an ancient prophet. For instance; Abraham, Noah, Moses, and Isaiah are a few examples of prophets found in the scriptures. Joseph Smith was no different. Every time God called a new prophet, it was to restore God's teachings and truths, bringing back God's children to a knowledge of Him and of Christ. Because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, this same pattern has continued up to the present day. Particularly significant was the calling of Joseph Smith to be a prophet in the early 1800's. Joseph Smith helped to bring about the restoration of God's teachings that were lost or mingled with the philosophies of men after the death of Christ and His Apostles. In addition, Joseph Smith aided in restoring the power and authority necessary to administer the ordinances of the Gospel and thus restored The Church of Jesus Christ to its original state as Christ had established during His earthly ministry. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Tyson
Coming to know our Father in Heaven is a vital aspect of our lives. In John 17:3, we read "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." From this passage, we gain a greater understanding of just how vital it is to develop a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. While there are many things we can do to draw closer to Him, for instance, striving to keep the commandments, there are two particular aspects that initially come to mind. These are 1 - daily prayer, and 2 - daily scripture study. With these two methods, we open up a dialogue between ourselves and God. As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. Concerning scripture study, one apostle within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated that when we want to talk with God, we pray to Him. When we want Him to talk with us, we study His words contained in the Holy Scriptures. As we both pray and study sincerely/daily, our communication with our Father in Heaven will broaden and in turn, we will come to know Him ever more personally. Show more Show less