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Hi I'm Tyler

I'm a Medical student and a Runner. I love my Wife, Italy, and Science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a studying medicine in the northwestern United States. I married my best friend in August 2011. I enjoy exercise especially trail running, hiking, and sports. I have two brothers and I'm smack dab in the middle! I love to learn, especially about the human body. As I learn more about it, I am grateful to God for the gift of a physical body.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As every kid knows, just 'cause your parents want you to do something doesn't mean that you will. My parents find joy and happiness in addition to their personal convictions that the church is true. They encouraged me from a young age to seek out spiritual truth and learn by my own experience what God's will is. I was taught to read from the scriptures and pray. As i grew older I studied aspects of Mormon doctrine and prayed to know if they were of God. I gained a testimony or conviction that they were true piece by piece. A turning point for me was when President Gordon B. Hinckley (the leader of the church prior to today's Thomas S. Monson), issued a challenge to read The Book of Mormon. I read it as I had read it previously, but this time I felt a confirming feeling in that superseded previous thoughts and feelings that this was the true church. I continue to receive these reminders-thoughts and feelings that come from God and help me develop greater faith in Christ and a knowledge that this is His true church.

How I live my faith

At church each Sunday I teach a class of 8-9 year olds. The principles are simple, yet profound. With their simple questions and comments I have the opportunity to learn from them! I enjoy giving service and our church leaders provide various opportunities to serve. Most of all, I try to follow Christ in my interactions with everyone I meet.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Tyler
Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Tyler
Families are to help us have success and joy in this life and in the life to come. My parents and older brother help me to find perspective through trials. My younger brother helps me to remember that happiness can be found through focusing on the good in life. Just being with my family makes me happy. Families are meant to last beyond this life. I can't imagine a happy life after this without my family. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Tyler
The most direct answer to this question is revelation. God has revealed through a living prophet that the church is to be run by a lay clergy. There are benefits to a lay clergy. Each member of the church has the opportunity to teach and minister. I have grown personally in extraordinary ways because of my service in the church. This has demonstrated to me the principle of knowing the truth of God's word by doing it (see John 7:17). My love for Jesus Christ has increased as I have tried to become more like Him and served in His church. Show more Show less

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

Tyler
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the act by which Jesus saves each member of the human family. Why do we need saving? Because our current state here on earth differs drastically from the life that God, our Heavenly Father lives. Our ultimate goal is to return to live with and live like Him. Jesus intervenes on our behalf so we can become like our Heavenly Father. The major ways in which he saves us is from death and sin. Each of us will die, but because Jesus overcame death by rising the third day after his death. He gives to all of us this gift to be raised from death having our body and spirit reunited (called resurrection). Thanks to Jesus we will all overcome death. If each of us reflect quietly, we will realize that our lives are filled with mistakes and shortcomings. We sin. Jesus took the sins of everyone who has or will live on the earth and somehow experienced them. This permits him to forgive us of sin. The power and method by which he was able to intervene for all of us is beyond my comprehension. The scriptures record his suffering for our sins in the garden of gethsemane, and modern apostles indicate the weight of the world's sin returned while he hung on the cross. Not only did Jesus willingly submit to take all sins of humankind, The Book of Mormon teaches us that he suffered pains, afflictions, infirmities, and sickness so he could have empathy for and mercy on us as we struggle through an imperfect life (see Alma 7:11-13). Show more Show less