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Hi I'm Tanner

I grew up in Montana, I am a soon-to-be graduate from Brigham Young University, I am a husband, and I am a Mormon

About Me

I try to stay an active and lively person. I love athletics both watching and participating. I am going to be graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Facility and Property Management. I will be working in Utah as a manager in the residential real estate industry. I met my wife attending university and we have been married for almost three years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church but that is not why I am still a member. Growing up, I could see the blessings that the gospel brought to my family, especially in comparison to other families that did not have the gospel. Still, I wanted to find out for myself. It wasn't until I prayed to our Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon was true, that I realized that it was something that I needed and sincerely wanted in my life and my future family's life. There is a lot we as humans want to understand about the church before we want to commit ourselves to it but I realized in my early twenties that all we really need to truly understand is that Joseph Smith really did see our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and restore this Church to the earth. If we know that for ourselves, then everything else fits into place and makes sense. Every time I learn something new about the gospel it just fits into the puzzle and it all makes sense. I know that this gospel is true and that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son. I know that if we will heed to the commandments and obey God's word, that we can be eternally blessed. I'm so grateful for the Plan of Happiness and the comfort and joy it brings me in my life. I'm so grateful for the Atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the opportunity it gives each of us to be relieved of our wrongdoings and shortcomings. I love this gospel and I love my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I come from a very small Branch (congregation) in Eureka, Montana. I was able to be a Junior Assistant Scout Master when I was at home. It enabled me to strengthen the young men in the ward and get to know them better. I was very involved in clubs and groups in school that participated in community service. I always tried to better our community by being involved and serving in any way that I could. Since coming back from my two-year mission in England, I have had a great experience living in Provo, Utah. As the Utah culture is heavily influence by the LDS culture, I have been immersed in the Christian culture for over four years. This has given me the chance to serve in volunteer leadership positions in the church, which led to opportunities for growth and development of my relationship with my Savior. I do all I can to show people how the gospel can bless their life because I can honestly say I have seen the gospel's impact in my own life. It is amazing! Everyone needs a chance to hear about it.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

So many people look at our religion and think, "oh wow they have too many rules, too many restrictions!" FALSE! God is a loving God. He is not going to keep us from something that would be good for us. The rules we are given are like a guardrail on a road with steep embankments on both sides. They keep us on the road or path we need to be on and protect us from the slippery slopes that the world has to offer us. The world would have us living in a "party" - one with alcohol, immorality, etc. Those things may bring a weekend of happiness in some people's minds, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the lifestyle of a "Mormon", brings us eternal happiness. Happiness that lasts for more than a few hours on a Friday or Saturday night. It's so much greater than that!! I LOVE IT!!!! Show more Show less