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Hi I'm Tanner

I'm a biology student. I served an LDS mission in Malaysia. I'm a high school tennis coach. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Idaho. I am the oldest of four kids and come from an amazing family. I love spending time with family and friends. I love to play tennis and can't get enough of it. I recently returned home from serving as a full time missionary in Malaysia and loved every second of it! Although I currently work at an engineering firm as an electrical drafter, my dream is to go into medicine. I am a biomedical sciences major at my local university. I love my life, I love my family and friends, I love my religion, but most of all I love my Savior!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong LDS family. My parents are members of the Church, my grandparents are members of the Church, and the four generations before them were members of the Church. But I am not a member of the church because of tradition. I believe that deep and genuine religious convictions cannot be passed from generation to generation. A testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not hereditary. My beliefs are not borrowed from my ancestors and parents. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I have found for MYSELF that it is absolutely true. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the kingdom of God here on Earth and is led by He whose name it bears. I know that Jesus came to earth as the Son of God, lived a perfect life, and then willing laid it down for us. Christ was scourged at the Roman's hand, bled in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then hung on Calvary's hill for us. He lovingly paid for the sins of the world so that He would gain the power to forgive us when we stumble. I am so grateful for that blessing! I take great comfort in the fact that the Savior is pulling for me! He is my Advocate with the Father. He is anxious to forgive as soon as we will turn to Him and allow the power of His Atoning Sacrifice to heal and cleanse our hearts. I know this is true because I have felt it in my own life! I also know that Christ didn't only suffer for our sins alone, but for our weaknesses, pains, and sorrows too. When we are hurt, alone, or despairing, He knows EXACTLY how we feel. He has been there! And because of that He can help us through our darkest nights. But we have to let Him by following His Gospel. I testify with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By abiding by the doctrines of the Church and relying wholly upon our Savior, we can overcome sin, sorrow, and death. I know this is true. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The Savior’s ministry was a ministry of service. He went about the land of Palestine healing the sick, uplifting the down-hearted, and forgiving the sinner. His first great commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). His second was like unto it: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is built on these principles. I am striving to emulate the example of Jesus Christ. I am definitely not perfect, but I am trying- and that is the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ! David O. McKay said, “The purpose of the gospel is to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human natures.” We aren’t expected to be perfect, but we are expected to progress and become more and more like our Savior as we follow His example and keep His commandments. As we wholly rely upon Him, we can be transformed by the power of His Grace. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has blessed me with many opportunities to serve and follow my Savior’s example. I recently served as a full-time missionary in Singapore and Malaysia. It was so amazing to watch peoples’ lives change as they turned to Christ and kept His commandments. I currently serve in a leadership position in my local congregation. Although my responsibilities are challenging, they have helped be to become more sensitive to the needs of others’ and more willing to help.