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Hi I'm Tanner

I hike, sing barbershop, and study physics and math. Right now, I'm a missionary, and of course, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, but I've lived in Indiana almost all my life. Right now, I'm serving as a Mormon missionary in Germany. Before starting my missionary service, I attended university for two years, studying Physics and Applied Mathematics. Learning is my greatest passion. I love to sing! I was in the men's choir at my university, and through that, found the barbershop club. Singing barbershop has since become one of my favorite things to do; in fact, I spent four days in Orlando, Florida at the international barbershop convention this last year. In barbershop, I sing baritone. I also love to hike. I attend university in Utah, and one of my favorite things about Utah is the landscape. I get away into the mountains as often as possible, and occasionally I squeeze in a trip to southern Utah, the best and most beautiful place on earth. I love to backpack, and have done some in southern Utah and some of the Appalachian Trail. I got into Geocaching about two years ago and have enjoyed doing that, both out in the backcountry and in the city. I love geography, and have started collecting maps. I love technology! When I was younger, I was introduced to ham radio, and still do that for fun from time to time, including serving as an officer in my university's amateur radio club. I love to stay up-to-date on technology news, especially concerning Google and the Android OS. (I know it's a lofty goal, but one of my dreams is to work for Google in some capacity when I graduate.)

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was Mormon because my parents brought me to church every Sunday. However, as I got older, I started to understand more what it meant to be Mormon, and I started to notice the differences between members of the Church and others. Granted, the world is full of great people who are not Mormon. However, even when I was much younger, I felt a fundamental difference between the homes of my friends that are Mormon and my friends that weren't. I also started to understand the doctrines of the Gospel more, and they made sense to me. When I was 17, my family had a chance to participate in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, a theatrical adaptation of events from the Book of Mormon and Church history. The Pageant takes place on the actual Hill Cumorah, the site where the prophet Joseph Smith received the record that became the Book of Mormon. During the three weeks that I was there, I came to love the Book of Mormon and had a special experience with the healing power of the Priesthood. That fall, I left home to attend college. One day, months after leaving home, I was reading in the Book of Mormon, and had the realization that I had never taken Moroni seriously; that is, I had never prayed with real intent to know if it was all true. So, I did that, and a simple feeling of peace and clarity came over me. Since then, I have had many such experiences, and have seen the hand of the Lord many times in my life. I know that the Lord has a special plan for everyone, and I know that part of my plan is to help others to find the comfort, knowledge, and joy that I have found in the Gospel.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm living my faith by setting aside two years to be a missionary. As a missionary, I spend six and a half days a week teaching people about the gospel of Christ. There are over 80,000 of us Mormon missionaries all over the world, and over 500 in Germany. We missionaries give up Facebook, dating, watching movies, listening to popular music, hanging out, and pretty much everything else college students enjoy, in order to focus on our work. We bring people closer to Christ by teaching people about him and his Gospel and by doing service. Before my mission, in High School, I lived my faith by attending Seminary every morning before school. Seminary is a class that the Church offers that teaches high-school age kids about the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the gospel of Christ, the plan of salvation, the history of the Church, and other related topics. In spite of being involved in many different clubs and groups at school, and taking lots of other classes, I woke up an hour earlier every morning to attend Seminary.