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Hi I'm Tanner

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like many of you, my family has got to be the most important thing in my life. We love to spend time together. Luckily, we love doing the same things - for the most part. Oftentimes, my mom takes a deep breath and goes along with the plan (especially when we go mountain biking). She's a good sport. Speaking of sports, I love almost every sport. I swam in high school and on a summer league since I was 5 years old. Our family plays basketball, ultimate frisbee, ping pong, and football together. We go swimming, backpacking, camping, wake-boarding, boating, and mountain biking. However, our outings aren't always so intense. Sometimes we just settle down and watch a movie together, go for a walk, or play games. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. It is an interest I have had for years and years. I remember building robots out of Kinex toys or cars and airplanes out of legos. To pay for schooling, I cut grass (landscape architecture, if I want to sound professional). I used to be a lifeguard at a public pool. I would work for 40 to 50 hours a week. Grueling. That was before I served a 2 year mission for the LDS Church. I served in Washington, in the northern Seattle area. There, I learned countless life lessons, and developed my faith in a way I could not have in any other way. Fortunately, I learned a little Spanish, which comes in very handy.

Why I am a Mormon

Being Mormon, I think is something you choose to do everyday consciously or subconsciously. It is a lifestyle of faith and loyalty to vows and covenants. No one in the church is asked to jump into the lifestyle without wanting to or without showing preparation and commitment. Salvation and faith are personal quests for each individual. Like so many others, I believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I came to this belief due to impressions from the Holy Ghost. Like describing the taste of salt, it is difficult to describe just how one thinks and feels when he or she comes to know of spiritual truths through the Holy Ghost. All I can really say, is I have tasted it. At first it is unusually familiar though one may have difficulty describing when or where they have felt it before. It may come on a wedding day, the birth of a son or daughter, even at the funeral of a loved one. The Holy Ghost comes to comfort on tough days and inspire on the special days. This makes these days more memorable than others. Feeling the Holy Ghost requires wanting to. It requires diligence in scripture study and sincerity in prayer. It requires practice as well. Just like we cannot force a seed to grow faster (only cultivate it), recognizing the Holy Ghost takes time and cultivation. From these spiritual impressions, I testify of Jesus Christ the living Son of the living God. I bear witness of His infinite love and compassion. I know He chooses messengers to send us His complete gospel - His secret (the only way) to true happiness and peace. These messengers are prophets. They establish unchanging truths by revelation from God. One such prophet was Joseph Smith. He saw God and Jesus Christ. He translated the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. He restored the fullness of the Gospel of Christ. These are truths made known to me by the impressions in my mind and heart from the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Faith is something that describes who someone is. People are defined by hundreds of little choices made on a daily basis. My faith is the foundation of each one of those choices. I spend time in personal study of the scriptures daily. It adds a light to my day I cannot get in any other way. I pray morning and night to express gratitude for what the Lord does for me and my family. While I pray, I think of the ways I have seen the Lord's hand in my life that day. It amazes me how involved he is in all of the events of a single day. Something that brings me greater satisfaction than perhaps anything else in living my faith is sharing my faith. Answering questions, and helping friends take steps toward enjoying a life in the fullness of Christ's gospel are two of my all-time favorite activities.