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Hi I'm Rebecca Tanner

I'm a poet, I'm a scientist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at BYU studying microbiology, and I work in a lab researching cell signaling. I love playing the violin, dancing, writing poetry, and traveling to new places. Working hard and learning bring me joy, as well as spending time with my sweet husband and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know and have felt the pure love that God has for me and all of us--His children. He loves each of us no matter who we are, where we come from, or what we may have done in our lives. He wants so dearly for us to return to live with Him for eternity that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so that we can become pure and come back to God, our Heavenly Father. God answers our prayers and wants us to be happy. He also wants us to learn and grow, which sometimes means that we have to go through trials. Because God loves us, He will lift our burdens or give us the strength to get through them. He has also blessed us with a living prophet, like the prophets of old in the Bible, who is called of God and receives revelation from Him so that we can continually learn His will for us. By following God's commandments (which I learn from scripture, the words of the prophets, and answers to my personal prayers), I have found happiness and hope in this life, and how to someday live with Him again.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love most about the LDS church is that our worship does not just apply on Sundays. It is a way of life. I get to kneel in prayer each day with my husband and on my own to speak with Heavenly Father to repent and tell Him my troubles or joys in life, ask for help, and wait to to feel or hear His response. I also live my faith by trying to reach out to others. We all have our struggles, and we could all use another friend or even just a smile on a tough day. My husband and I love inviting people to our house to play games, have dinner, and make new friends. I also visit a few women in my ward each month to share an uplifting message and spend time talking and getting to know them better. Another way I live my faith is by remaining faithful to my husband and looking for ways to help him and make him happy. Marriage is a sacred blessing, and through our equal partnership we can both support each other and grow closer to Heavenly Father. Being a member of the LDS church does not just describe my religion, it's who I am!