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Hi I'm Tanner Merchen

I study Electrical Engineering. I seriously love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First off, I am the first of eleven children in my family (I know I know it's just a little big). I love my family so very much. I don't know where I would be in my life without having them there with me. At the moment, I am serving my mission in the Wisonsin Milwaukee Mission. Before my mission I attended the University of Arizona in the program for Electrical and Computer Engineering. When I get back I plan on either going back to the U of A or going to BYU. I love to listen to music, play music on a viola, or even sing songs. I don't think I'm the best at making music, but I love it so much. It helps me feel at peace and get my emotions out better. I love to read books as well. I don't really have a favorite genre, it just depends on the book. I just get lost in the stories that are told and love to learn. Besides those two hobbies, I also love to do outdoor activities and sports, including hiking, swimming, camping, playing basketball, and playing soccer. This helps me feel my life is fulfilled.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up my whole life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yet even still, I had to learn for myself that this is the true church of God, since we all at some point question the truthfulness of what we believe. For me this happened at a period in my life when I was not doing all that I knew I should've been doing and was having a hard time keeping the commandments of our God. With the help of my parents though, I began to examine myself and what I was doing. I began to repent of my sins and I felt of the redeeming power of the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that Christ suffered for our sins so that we could be clean and return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven once more. I also know that we can be with our families forever by living the teachings and following the commandments of our Heavenly Father. As I have read The Book of Mormon, I have also come to know that The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he truly had learned for himself that none of the churches on the Earth at his time had the fulness of the gospel of Christ. I know that God used Joseph Smith to restore His church to the Earth as it was here at the time of Christ our Redeemer. I know that Heavenly Father, as a Being that has not and will never change, continues to reveal His word today through prophets. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God on this Earth today and that he speaks only what God would have him speak. This church is a blessing in my life and I know that the only way to return to Him after this life is through the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His gospel is meant for all the world and He wants all His children to return to Him. I know that those who come to this gospel will find the joy that it brings to those who love Him.

How I live my faith

At the moment, I am a missionary for our church trying to help others find the joy that our teachings can bring to their lives. While I was at home, I loved doing service with my ward and youth group for the community. This made life more enjoyable and helped me feel the love of Christ for those who I was serving.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Tanner Merchen
I believe with all my heart that there is a prophet like Moses alive today. Heavenly Father is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He truly will never change. God wants to lead us just as He lead the people of ancient times. In many ways, our world today needs God's guidance more than ever. I know that God continues to lead us today and that revelation still happens. He leads us through His prophet on the Earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the Earth today. I know that our Heavenly Father continues to send living prophets because He loves us. He doesn't want us to be lost and so He has provided a prophet to help guide us back to Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Tanner Merchen
You can know for yourself that Mormonism is true by reading the Book of Mormon and praying to our Heavenly Father to ask if this is His church on Earth once more. In James 1:5-6, the Lord promises us that when we ask Him for answers, "it shall be given him" and in Moroni 10:3-5, the Lord once again promises us that if we ask Him in faith if these things are true "He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." It takes some studying yes, but the biggest thing that we must do to learn of the truthfulness of this gospel is pray to our Father and listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The feelings/promptings you get from the Holy Ghost are hard to explain since the Holy Ghost talks to each of us differently. The easiest way to know if you have felt of the influence of the Holy Ghost as you have read or prayed is if you had feelings of peace, hope, comfort, or happiness. If you have felt these feelings as you have studied out Mormonism, then the Holy Ghost has already begun to testify to you of the truthfulness of these things. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tanner Merchen
We believe that the Bible is definitely the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. Both the Old and New Testament testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and is the Divine Son of our Heavenly Father. This book of Holy Scripture was written by men of God in ancient times as they felt the power of the Holy Ghost. Despite what others may say, the Book of Mormon, as "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" supports and enhances our study of the Holy Bible, instead of replacing it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tanner Merchen
We don't worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Though we do not worship him, we revere and respect him as a prophet called by God to restore to the earth the gospel as it was established at the time of Christ along with the priesthood authority of God which is used leading His Church and blessing the lives of His people. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Tanner Merchen
Baptism is an ordinance that allows us to be cleansed from our sins and to take full advantage of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Baptism was taught by Jesus Christ as being part of His gospel that He established while he was on this Earth. Since Jesus was our perfect Examplar, He himself was baptized in order to "fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15). If He himself, being the only perfect Person to walk this Earth, was baptized, how much more do we, who are imperfect by nature, have need to be baptized? We believe that baptism must be performed by the proper priesthoof authority of God, which was restored to the Church of Jesus Christ in these last days. By doing so we come to a remission of our sins and are qualified to enter the kingdom of God and become members of the Church of Jesus Christ. Through the ordinance of baptism, we make a promise, called a covenant, with God. We promise to accept Christ, to become His followers, and to keep His commandments to the end of our lives. In return, our Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins and let us return to live with Him, provided we keep our covenants. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Tanner Merchen
For me, all things serve as a witness that there is a God. In this viewpoint, I stand with an ancient prophet of God named Alma in saying "all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44). How can all of these things have such order or even be in existence without the presence of a Supreme Being, a "Supreme Creator?" This goes against all reason, and therefore, I must declare that God is real. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Tanner Merchen
We must have faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is the first step we must take in coming closer to our Heavenly Father and being able to take full advantage of the Atonement that Jesus Christ has provided for us so that we can someday return to our Father in Heaven. The Apostle Peter taught that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We must also have faith in our Heavenly Father. This means more than just believing that He's there. This means that we must be willing to trust Him, to trust that He will keep all of His promises that He has made to us, and also we must be willing to act according to that faith. Faith is not just belief. We must live our faith and act accordingly. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Tanner Merchen
The Book of Mormon is written by ancient prophets on the American continent and is a record of God's dealings with the people on the American continent at that period in time. The Book of Mormon is primarily another witness and testament of the divinity and truth of Jesus Christ. The prophets that wrote in the Book of Mormon testified of Christ's Atonement, His resurrection, and contains an account of Christ's appearance among the people of the American continent after His ascension into heaven. At the very end of the Book of Mormon is the promise that any person may read this book and sincerely pray about the origins thereof and if they do this they will know by the power of the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:3-5). Show more Show less