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Hi I'm Tanner

If life was a race, I'm probably not winning- but I'm having a fun time jumping the hurdles!

About Me

I'm a Freshman at BYU and study Chemical Engineering. I work at the MTC doing technical support. I like to cook and juggle, preferably in that order. I'd say that I'm "from" Texas, but I've also lived in Utah, Florida, and Oklahoma. I served in the Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission July 2013-15. I once cut a rubber band in half as it was being shot across the room. I have rapped for a radio broadcast, coached little-league and powder-puff football teams, and been in an improv comedy troupe. Other great moments in my life include when I cartwheeled across the stage at my high school graduation and when I broke in to a chapel to prevent a flood. My friends call me Tanner, and so does about everybody else. I love learning new talents- I bought a slackline (recreational tight rope) and love to walk on it. I've taught myself to headstand and computer program. I love chocolate milk, cornbread, and mashed potatoes. When I was younger I was quiet. I did well in school, but disliked getting attention for being smart. I mostly read books and kept to myself. As I've grown up, I've developed confidence in myself and in my abilities. Now I'm a social bee- I believe that there are no strangers, just friends who I haven't met yet! I like public speaking and being in front of a crowd. I hope to be a professor someday. I eat like a giant and am always full of energy. My personal motto is "take what comes and love it."

Why I am a Mormon

This church makes sense to me. The gospel doctrines I've learned throughout my life give me purpose and direction. I know that this church is true. I've seen the Lord bless me in so many ways. I can't imagine living without a knowledge of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Although I've grown up in the church, I've developed my own knowledge of it's surety. I've read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know that it was true. I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I know he calls prophets to guide us in these Latter Days. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints makes me happy. I love being a part of the restored gospel and I love the fellowship in the church.

How I live my faith

To me, being a Mormon is more than just going to church on Sunday. Being Mormon is a lifestyle. I devote time each day to read the scriptures and pray. I try to be like Jesus- it's cliche, I know- but it really does make me happy! I've learned that as I try to develop qualities like humility and virtue I become more positive. I live my faith by being optimistic and cheerful. I try to help others with that too! I'm nowhere near perfect and I never will be either, but I can try :)

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We believe that Baptism is essential to be saved. That means that people who are not baptized cannot live with us in the life to come. Many people die without ever having the chance to be baptized, but God is a merciful God and he provides a way for them to receive baptism. This way is proxy baptism for the dead. We perform this sacred ordinance in a sacred temple. The proxy baptism is a way for our dead ancestors to be baptized and saved. Show more Show less