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Hi I'm Tanner

I grew up in Colorado & Maine. I'm a student. I love my friends and family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being born out west in the great state of Colorado I grew to love the mountains. For the first 12 years of my life, I loved where I lived. I lived with all 4 brothers and 1 sister and my parents, I had many friends that lived just down the street, and I loved the first few years of my schooling. Well, right before my 6th grade year, my Dad found a great job that would bring us as far east as you could go in the United States. All the way to the lobster state of Maine. The adjustment was difficult at first, not just because I was never (and still am not) a seafood lover, but I felt like my life was completely changed. There were different people, no mountains, and of course I was attending a different school. I fortunately still had my family. Soon after living in this different culture, I began to appreciate and love Maine. There are hundreds of lakes to swim and play in, scenic beaches and lighthouses, and great people. I went to a great school and made some great friends. While in high school I participated in cross-country and in a great theatre program. I also became the uncle of 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Maine has become my new home. For college, I found myself back out west at Brigham Young University in Utah. I finished my freshmen year and I loved every minute of it. I'm so excited to return after I serve as a missionary for my church for 2 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have come to know that this church is the true church and that through it, our families are eternal. While in Maine, I found myself to be the only member of the LDS faith. This was one of the hardest things about living here. Many of my friends couldn't understand why I would follow all of these beliefs. The church isn't just a once a day thing where I would go to church and be done for the week, but it is a lifelong commitment. Making the decision to follow the Church allows me to be more free and it also helps me take care of myself. It's because of the choices that we make that helps bring us closer to God. I grew closer to my family through my move to Maine. The importance of the Church and my family was more fully realized when in 2009 my 17 year-old brother passed away unexpectedly. My brother was such an example to me and we were best friends. Losing him was hard, but I began to understand why I wanted to be committed to the Gospel. The Church allows us to be with our families forever, not just in this life. Living the Gospel allows us to draw closer to our Heavenly Father and to Jesus Christ. Through the Atonement, we can be forgiven of our sins and be with God and our families forever. I know that The Book of Mormon and the Bible are true books for our time. I learned that through prayer, we can receive the guidance and strength we need to overcome our challenges. I know that we have a living prophet who guides our Church and that God speaks with him. The Church is true, and don't know where I would be without it!

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been so much more than just a religion to me. The Church is excellent at organizing its members and does so through giving people different assignments or callings. I have held many callings throughout my life, even though I am not very old. I would conduct the music in my church services, be in charge of youth activities and dances, and serve in many other ways. Even while at college, in my congregation, I would teach a sunday school class. The Church is all about service and it teaches us how to care for each other and serve. I will continue to serve as I have been called to serve in the México City West, México Mission for 24 months. I report to my mission on May 14th, 2014. I don't know Spanish or anyone going there, but I know that God will help me through my weaknesses. If I put in my part, then God will make up the rest. I look forward to teaching in México and learning to live and love this new culture.