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Hi I'm Tanner

I grew up in Idaho. I love to make music. I have a wonderful wife! And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to create music with both instruments and voice. I sing tenor, and I play the piano, the organ, and the trombone, but I like to experiment with anything! I've had the privilege to sing as a tenor in the Idaho All-State Mixed Choir and also the All-Northwest Mixed Choir including musicians from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. I also love theater, and being on stage in general. I was also Junior class president and Student Body President in my small high school. I put my studies on pause to serve a 2-year, volunteer mission in South America, where I taught about Jesus Christ and did service regularly. IT WAS THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! I am studying Biochemistry with a minor in music. I plan to go to Physician Assisting school, and I am currently working as a phlebotomist to prepare myself for further schooling. My family is the most important thing to me, and I strive to make my wife and the rest of my family happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. When I was little, I faked sick almost every week so I didn't have to go to church! My life has changed a lot since then. As a teenager, I had a lot of spiritual experiences that made me feel really good. I could tell you that I "believed" that it was true but I wasn't sure about it. I have always been obedient because I was afraid of getting into trouble. Everything seemed to change when I went to college. I wasn't well known like I was in high school, and I had to adapt. I had to learn who I really was and stick to it. It was at that time, when I felt like I really needed somebody, that I remembered what all of my church leaders had told me, "Read the Book of Mormon, and pray about it to know that it is the word of God." I don't know why it hadn't occurred to me until I was almost 19 years old! I finally did it, and I can now tell anybody that I meet that what I have learned all my life is 100% true. I have no doubt about it, and I feel like I owe a lot to God for the amazing blessings that he has given me throughout my life.

How I live my faith

I love to work with all kinds of people in the church. At college, I have served as a leader of other young men my age. I don't know everything, and that is what is great about the Gospel. Teachers can learn a lot from the people they teach. I play the organ in our meetings of worship, and I try to reach out and be friendly to those around me. There are many ways that I try to share the Gospel in my daily life. In certain situations, it is prohibited to speak about God directly, but by being a good example, you can say more than what you could say with words. I think that is one of the most important things. I strive to live what I learn and live what I teach. One of the greatest things that I like to do is be a friend to the friendless. I try to put myself in their shoes, and see life from their eyes. It helps me realize how easy my life is, and that I could easily make their life better by being their friend. I love the song from a broadway musical which says, "Who can say that I've been changed for the better? But, because I knew you, I have been changed for good."

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a sure knowledge of something. We don't need to see something to act on our faith and obtain a testimony. A true testimony is given by the Holy Ghost, who testifies of the divinity of God, Jesus Christ and his Gospel, and the truths that they have restored on the earth today by calling a prophet named Joseph Smith. I am anxious to share my testimony because it brings me joy in my life. If you hear a testimony of a Mormon, don't close your mind to it. A testimony is part of a bonding relationship between you and God. Take the question to Him in sincere prayer, and ask Him what is truth. Show more Show less