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Hi I'm Tanner

I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY, I am a music theorist, I love my family, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the church, but I also took time to gain my own testimony. I am only a graduate from High School, but I plan on attending school after my mission and studying Music Theory, and I'll eventually Theology as a graduate program. On that note, I am currently serving the Lord in the California Anaheim Mission, and I couldn't be happier doing so! I absolutely love my family. There are 8 children in my family (with one more on the way!), and it's an interesting story of how we came together. I have 1 full brother, 2 full sisters, 2 half brothers (soon to be 3), and 2 step sisters. It's been a long road, but I don't regret a single day. This journey through life has made me who I am today!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up as a member of the church, I've come to realize that you don't have just one conversion story. You are converted by everything that happens all around you! The first time I can say that I really noticed my testimony growing was at a Church summer camp called Especially for Youth, or EFY for short. Through this experience, my testimony started to sprout. The seed had been planted years prior. But then, as I grew, I had many more opportunities to grow my testimony and conviction. I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that when it is put side-by-side with the Bible, the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ become complete. I know that there is a prophet today, which is a staple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If there were no prophet today, then Joseph Smith wouldn't have been a prophet either, which then means that there is no Church. I have learned these things through sincere study of the scriptures, prayer, and many more things that allow us to act on the faith that we wish to have. This is how anyone can gain a testimony. To this day, I can't say that I've been perfect, but I know that the Church we have today is true and that if we can take a little bit of time to discover this for ourselves, we can know that and keep that with us in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

Through my most recent church callings such as a Ward Missionary and the Gospel Essentials Class Teacher, and now my calling to serve a mission in California, I am able to grow spiritually and physically as I strive to work. So I have learned to stick by a policy my father has always taught me: "Remember who you are." I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I am proud of it. I am glad to say that I can still make time for the Lord no matter what is happening in my life. So yes, I am a normal human being with a busy schedule, just like many people are, but I am proud to say that I am a member of the LDS Church as well.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When the Mormon missionaries enter your home, they are not doing so to be invasive, or to thrust the gospel upon you, or anything like that. They are simply trying to inform you of the truth. Sometimes, missionaries have set aside a certain lesson that they will teach to new people they meet. But they also act on the Spirit. It is very often that the missionaries end up being asked a question or feel a prompting that was not in the original plan. If so, they act on the prompting and teach the best they can with the Spirit of God as a companion. We can find in the scriptures that the Lord works in mysterious ways. Our God knows each and every one of us and he can inspire the missionaries to teach you what you need to know, even if you are very confused as to what you think you need to know. No matter what, the missionaries are there to help you grow and come unto Christ. Show more Show less