The work of the Lord is hastening. Time is short, no doubt! The Lord needs Elder Andersen to teach the good people of Mexico or wherever it is he is being sent. He was a brave man and will be blessed beyond measure for his duty to God. Far more so than any kind of fame this world has to offer. He is truly an inspiration to us all.
Welcome to the army of the God Tyler! thank you for you example to all the youth out there who are still deciding whether to serve a mission or not. I know that the Lord is very proud of you for you decision to serve our brothers and sisters in Mexico.
Matthew 4:19-20 " And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.". He didn't ask them when it was convenient, they didn't wait till they were done fishing. It's easy to lose perspective but God didn't send us here to win Olympics. He sent us here to become like Him. I think Ty's doing the right thing by listening to the Spirit. For someone else staying could be the right decision.
Just wow! What an amazing story! I hope your mission truly goes well. What a great example to me to serve a mission. Thanks
There could be many reasons why the Lord may have not wanted him to go that we can't know right away, but there is one we can know for sure. The Lord wants to know if we are willing to put Him first in all things. A great example of faith and a compliment to himself and his parents, I know he chose the right thing.
Nicely done, Tyler. You have already done more for other young men and by sacrificing to go on your mission than you could have done by going to the Olympics. You've shown true strength.
What a great story of faith and obedience. You have set a standard to be emulated by others, young and old. I hope Anthony was able to understand. It must have been a great challenge for him as well. Thank you for sharing your story.
Good on you Tyler. Many years ago I served a mission with an elder who was a runner (can't remember his event now) and he gave up his Olympic place to serve his mission. Interestingly enough after he was on his mission for some months the USA announced its boycott of the Russian Oympics so he couldn't have gone anyway. He didn't know that of course when he went on his mission - I always admired his great faith.
I'm not sure I agree with all the comments or Tyler's decision. First of all he let his partner down, way down, what are his feelings towards the LDS Church going to be or for that matter those of the whole team. He was one of the best members if not the best on the team so perhaps they had the best shot at a medal -- now maybe they don't have that shot. Hopefully he's following the spirit and it's just not butterflys and jitters. I really feel sorry for his partner -- three years is a long time to train with someone and then have them drop you at the last minute.
Thank you for sharing your story and testimony Tyler! What a blessing it is to read your experience and see your example of faith.
I am so impressed with your closeness to the Spirit that you could hear what you were being told, Tyler. You made the right decision and that choice to follow what Heavenly Father wants you to do right now will bring you blessings that you will only understand later.
And to Dean Louder - the hurry to enter missionary service is because the spirit said "now", and after praying with faith, Tyler knows that there is a purpose in that, because our Father knows things we do not, and has blessings for obedience to give that can be received no other way.
Thank you so much for this article. I have had a very similar experience in deciding to serve my mission and have found great confirmation in his story. I returned from Air Force ROTC Field Training (Boot Camp) this past summer. I had plans to complete the school year, work on my papers and leave the following summer. However the spirit told me no, to move home and leave as soon as possible. My call date has ended up to not be till April and I have had many detrimental repercussions in my ROTC standing because of it. It has been a huge trial of my faith. Reading this I have found so much comfort in Tylers willingness to sacrifice and follow the spirit as well as his content in not having a full understanding of why. Tyler sacrificed the OLYMPICS to follow his prompting to simply leave sooner. I sacrificed my biggest life dreams to do the same and I know we will be blessed for it!!
It's not about "the hurry to enter missionary service" it's about doing what is right and what the Lord wants us to do and sometimes that means we make sacrifices.
This young man is a great person and I look up to him.
There is not cookie cutter "right" or "wrong" answer for situations like this. It's only through personal revelation, as witnessed by the spirit, that we find our own answers. Heavenly Father knows us intimately and individually. He will help guide us on the path He sees will have the most benefit for us and others. Way to seek Heaven's help, Ty! You are a great example of faith to so many.
He could and should have done both. What's the hurry to enter missionary service?
God asks us to have no Gods before Him, he says He is a jealous God. Tyler is so inspiring because he put God first by following His will. It's amazing how God changed Tyler's desire to compete. I think that is a blessing of mercy. I feel for his partner but way to go Tyler on doing the right thing! It's wonderful to read and see/feel how much he loves our Heavenly Father. So Christlike. Thank you for sharing this story!
Thank you so much for your wonderful example, Tyler.
Tyler is my hero. I applaud his decision. Too few young men are worthy to receive promptings of the Spirit let alone follow up on them!!!
What a beautiful testimony of listening and following the promptings of the spirit. No experiences can ever compare to spiritual ones. I wish Tyler many of these. I am very touched to think of someone so young making such a righteous decision and having a son in the mission field right now makes his story even more special to me. A sacrifice to serve the Lord will never feel like a sacrifice. Much success on your mission, Tyler. Or should I say, Elder Anderson. You are a great example to all.
How courageous can you be!? Wow!
What a lesson to be learned.....Thank you for your example, Tyler. God bless you on your mission. May the rest of us learn to be as close to the Spirit as you have been.
As well as being obedient and enhancing his spiritual life, this young athlete may be saving his physical life also. The state dept is saying it is dangerous to send athletes to Sochi. They cannot guarantee the athletes' safety.
Good for you Tyler! What a story of faith and example.
We'll all be thinking of you during the luge in the Olympics next month and hope you will be experiencing great peace and success in your 'spiritual luge'.
Your compelling story and obedience and mostly your faith made me think of this quote by President Packer: "Faith, to be faith, must go beyond that for which there is confirming evidence. Faith, to be faith, must go into the unknown. Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness. If everything has to be known, if everything has to be explained, if everything has to be certified, then there is no need for faith."
WOW! Way to follow the promptings of the Spirit, Tyler. You may never know in this life why you needed to be in Mexico at this particular time, BUT I KNOW that you will be richly blessed for listening and following that prompting. SO PROUD of you!
Its articles like this that strengthen testimonies. What a wise decision Tyler made to sacrifice two years of his life. What an inspiring journey. We love sharing these kinds of inspiring stories with our teenage son, and we know our son really enjoys hearing such stories.
Only being in tune with the Spirit could have influenced such a decision, especially because going to the Olympics also made sense from a missionary standpoint. We will know the inspired reason behind this decision in the near future. Meanwhile, we are uplifited by such an example of faith, which will undoubtedly encourage our youth to put the Lord first in their priorities.
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