What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Tanner

I like books and tunez. I believe in trying to be a good person, even when it is inconvenient. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a law student. I love reading and playing most sports. I enjoy almost anything I can do with friends. I also enjoy art, both appreciating it and creating it in all of its forms.

Why I am a Mormon

As much as we sometimes try to deny it, life has inevitable consequences that come as a result of our actions. Some of these results come later than others, but they most certainly do come. Rather that acting on every whim that enters into our heads and hoping that it turns out for the best, I truly believe that the secret to happiness in this life is deciding what results we want, and making the correct decisions that will bring us those desired results. As I try every day to live the things that I believe, I feel like I'm becoming a little better and it is incredibly satisfying and makes me very happy. I have spent many years studying the scriptures and trying to live their teachings. I am not a naive or blind believer. I have spent a very long time pondering the meaning of life, my own worth, and my general place in the universe. I still ask myself these questions all time time. I don't pretend to have all the answers and not everything makes sense to me. But the basic knowledge that God lives is there and everything else comes after that. Because of the Book of Mormon, I feel in my heart and in my bones that God lives and that he loves us. I know that any person who sincerely studies this book will be happier than they ever have been before and will know for themselves that God is real. People claim there is no proof of God. But evidence can be falsified, data can be made up. What could ever be more convincing evidence than what you know in your heart?

How I live my faith

To me, being a Mormon means being a Christian. Being a Christian means trying my best to love and serve all people, while accepting the reality that I am a very imperfect person that is trying to become better. I love sharing the things I believe, whether it's through words or just trying to set a good example. Even if people don't want to believe the same things as me, I think it's important to make a positive impact in the world. Even if I can't persuade people to study the Bible or the Book of Mormon, or believe in God or Jesus Christ, maybe I can leave them wanting to be a little nicer to other people and that's good enough for me. I also love literature and I think it's an important way to share what we believe, whether or not we consider these beliefs to be religious. I enjoy writing because literature is one of my favorite tools to change people's lives. I have been profoundly impacted by the books that I have read, even when I haven't agreed with everything the authors have said. I guess my personal way of living my faith is by sharing literature (both my own and things that other people have written) that I hope will mean as much to other people as it has to me. I hope to write stories that will leave people thinking about things a little more deeply and caring about people a little more sincerely. I, more than anyone, am very aware of how imperfect I am. But I'm trying to become the best possible version of myself. That's what being a Mormon means to me.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Tanner
We live in a time full of different messages regarding religion, ranging from complete atheism to religious extremism, and everything in between. People often wonder how anyone can know that God exists. Despite what we may wish to believe, we do not understand all the mysteries of the universe through human exploration and discovery. There are still many things that remain inexplicable for our limited understanding. Just because we can't see or understand God, doesn't mean he doesn't exist. Because God created us, he is our loving Heavenly Father. I believe that he is a braver and nobler man that can accept that which he does not fully understand, than he that refuses to accept anything but physical evidence. Show more Show less