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Hi I'm Tanner but you can call me Rex

I'm a chef, a writer, a board game enthusiast, a musician, a thrift store junkie, the best uncle ever, and a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing and play piano, guitar, ukulele, kazoo, and pretty much any other instrument I can get my little hands on (although I'm not good at many of them). I always have a song stuck in my head. Always. I love to cook just about anything from homemade bread to top sirloin. I love to write, I love to play board games, I love to mess around with anything on the computer, I spend way too much time and money at thrift stores and yard sales, and I've got a million projects I'm probably going to get around to someday. I have learned that if I try to smile all the time it just makes me happier.

Why I am a Mormon

I've never had a problem following the standards of the faith, but I was never too sure about whether God was really there for me. I knew that following the standards of the church would help me out, though, so I continued on that road, at least for self-improvement. When it came time for me to decide whether or not to serve a mission, I had a small dilemma. I knew that if any church was right, ours was. But that was just the problem: was any church right? I hoped, but I did not know. I realized something, though--at the times in my life when my faith was strongest, my mind was happiest. That hope built up inside of me, and I continued to read the scriptures with the prayer that God would show me a scripture that was specific to me. I came across Ether 12:4, which says: "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with a surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith..." I kinda skimmed over it a little bit, but something told me to go back and read it again. It was then that I realized that the hope that I had really was faith. I knew that the church was true and I made up my mind to serve a mission.

How I live my faith

I'm a Sunday School teacher at church, teaching a class called "Gospel Principles," which highlights basic points of Latter-day Saint doctrine. Basically, it's the class for people who are new to the church, who are looking into the church, who want to get back into the church, or for people who want to help other people understand the gospel. I also live my faith by being the example in any way that I can. I keep the Church's standards to my best ability and I share the gospel in as many opportunities as I am given. Sometimes it's hard to share the gospel, but if an opportunity arises, I try not to ignore the Spirit's promptings.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
In order to understand why authority is important, we really need to understand what a baptism is. So, what is it? Simply put, a baptism is a two-way promise, or covenant, with God. This promise, on our side, is that we will keep the Lord's commandments, stand as a witness of Him, and strive to always remember him. He promises us back that he will forgive us of our sins and that we will have His spirit with us at all times. So, in order for God to make that promise back to you, the person who is baptizing you must be His representative. Through the prophet Joseph Smith, God restored that authority to the earth, and we can all be baptized by one who has that authority again. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
Joseph Smith was a hardworking farmer, a competitive wrestler, a not-so-successful businessman, a politician, a powerful writer, a loyal friend, and the prophet through whom God brought His gospel back to the way it was supposed to be. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
If you want to go inside the temple, go on ahead. There is nothing stopping you except your own willpower and patience. Anybody can join the church, any member of the church can enter the temple if they are worthy enough, and anyone can work toward that worthiness through hard work and the Atonement of Jesus. We don't keep it a secret; in fact, we want everyone to know what goes on inside. However, the things that go on inside are so sacred that we choose not to share them. Don't worry, it's not some creepy ritual that we don't want the world to see. I invite you to check it out. The temple is awesome. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
I believe that every little step counts. Every good choice you make leads to another, and every bad choice you make leads to more. One small choice that you make early in your life may lead to a successful life or a miserable one. Just like that, every step, no matter how small, that any person in society takes, leads the world in that direction in an infinitely incomprehensible way. If one person resists temptation to do something bad, it will lead to others resisting the temptation as well, or not being tempted in the first place. Now apply that to pornography and to yourself. If you resist the temptation to take part in pornography, you will lead the world in that direction. If you set the example for your family and friends to follow, the progress of this, one of Satan's strongest tools, will be slowed dramatically. So take the stand now. Be the one who goes against the grain. Lead the world to make the better choice. "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in spirit, in charity, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
It's funny--I have noticed that when I asked members of other faiths why they believe the Bible to be the word of God, they are usually stumped. They can't think of a reason why they believe the Bible. "Because it's the Bible" comes as a fairly common response. I believe the Bible because I have read from it and prayed about it. I know, through my study of it, that a lot of things in it are very difficult to understand (I'm looking at you, Isaiah), and that things seem to be contradictory or impossible. But I know that the Bible is true, and that if you study it closely, with prayer in your heart, asking God how to interpret things that may confuse you--seeming contradictions, language that is a little too old-timey, the morals of the histories and parables, or any other challenge that comes while reading it--God will let you know the truth of what you read, and He will help you to understand what is truly right about that collection of books. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
Among my favorite things to do are cooking and playing music. If you think about each of those things, it seems to me to testify of God. How likely is it that wheat, for example, would have somehow sprung up without God's help? Nevermind the fact that humans would also have to discover it, realize how to harvest it, grind it, mix it with water, and bake it, and tell me this: how could such a thing be so perfectly suited to humans' needs without God's direct intervention? Throw in rice, beans, apples, or any other natural food like that, and the evidence is pretty clear. Then you look at music. Our ears are made so that we can recognize and appreciate when sound waves' frequencies are mathematically aligned to be related to each other. Musicians call that harmony. I call it magic. I often think that the Church encourages us to be musical because it will strengthen one's testimony of God to see how perfect music is. I look forward to hear (and participate in) the choir of angels in heaven. You can look at those things and say that it's just a great cosmic coincidence that everything in the world works in such perfect order. I look at it and thank my Heavenly Father for showing me these wonderful designs that He has made. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Tanner but you can call me Rex
Harry Reid and Glenn Beck are both Mormons. So, basically...no. The Church does not teach that one party is right and another is wrong, but members of the Church are encouraged to be active in politics. Show more Show less