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Hi I'm Tanner

I love my family. I love different cultures. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

Since I was little I have always been fascinated by different cultures and different countries. One of my goals in life is to travel and see the world. I love being able to serve a Spanish speaking mission right now. I have learned about so many neat Hispanic cultures, and I love the people and the food! I have always loved the outdoors. Growing up, I spent a lot of time swimming, hiking with my family, backpacking with my dad and older brothers and playing other sports. Ultimate Frisbee is one of my favorite sports to play! I love sitting down and reading a good book. I always enjoy spending quality time with my parents and five brothers and sisters. We are a tight-knit family. I also have a great appreciation for music. I love to play the piano and sing. I know that good music can inspire and uplift others. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because ever since I was little my parents took me to church every Sunday. Almost every day we read the scriptures together and prayed as a family. Every time I went to church I felt good and knew that what I was being taught was true because it helped me feel closer to God. There came a time where I didn't want to rely on my parents' testimonies of the gospel any longer, but rather I wanted to know for myself if everything I had learned was true. As I continued to read the scriptures, pray, go to church and obey God's commandments I felt peace and realized that I had always known it was true. Anything that inspires to do good or gives one desires to be better is of God.  

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as a full-time missionary in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission. The past seventeen months I have devoted my time to serving Christ by preaching His gospel and serving others-there isn't anything else I have ever done that has brought me greater joy and satisfaction. Before I left on my mission I taught a Sunday School class to children ages 10 and 11. We read from the scriptures and learned what we could do personally in our lives to build our faith in Jesus Christ and come unto Him. I have always tried to teach others about my faith primarily by being an example and living what I believe. When my friends or others questioned my beliefs or did things that weren't in accordance with the Savior's teachings I would not participate, and I tried to explain why I felt the way I do. 

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

 We do not believe in a paid clergy. Christ himself said through the prophet Isaiah, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money come ye, buy, and eat yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." This means that anyone who wants to can learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ...for free! Jesus and his Apostles never sought for money. They gave of their services freely, and so it is with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Every leader in the church serves voluntarily and receives no salary. We consider service in the church as our calling, a way we can serve God. You can go to any Mormon church meeting and they will never ask you to donate or give your money to them. Each leader who offers his service in the church has his own career. For example, the Bishop of my ward right now is a mechanic. He works Monday through Friday to earn money to support his family. He does not receive any money for his service in the church.  Show more Show less