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Hi I'm Tanner

I study biochemistry. I love to hike and snowboard. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in college studying biochemistry. I enjoy working with my professor in his research lab, where we study a special nitrogen fixing bacteria. I am preparing to go to dental school in a few years. I have been married to the most wonderful girl in the world for nine months. She is also in school studying exercise science. We love to be outside together whenever we can. We enjoy hiking, backpacking, back country skiing and snowboarding. We also enjoy playing tennis together. We both participate in music. I sing in my university's choir, and play the piano. My wife teaches violin and plays in a community orchestra. We like to cook together; one of our favorites is chicken pot pie.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Mormon church and have attended my entire life. I don't have any stories of angelic visitations, or marvelous visions of my own, just a collection of personal experiences over my life that have led me to know that God lives, and that I am where he wants me to be. A common factor to these small personal experiences I have had over my life time, is I have felt the Holy Spirit with each of them. I remember when I was young, I watched my older brother begin to read his scriptures at nights. I felt like it was something I needed to do, so I started and I have missed very few days since. As I remember finishing reading the Book of Mormon for the first time, I knelt down and prayed and asked God if The Book of Mormon was true. I felt gentle feelings of peace, comfort and assurance that it was. I felt that several other times as I have prayed and asked again, or just I read on a daily basis. I served a mission for my church in Argentina, and in my first few months there, I distinctly remember watching a video with a family we were teaching about Joseph Smith's first vision. As we watched as he asked God which church was true, following the appearance of God and his son to him, I felt so touched and convinced that it really happened. At many other instances, when I have felt sad or alone, I have turned in prayer asking for help and have felt so strongly of the love of God and of his son Jesus Christ. I know that The Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and through him the fullness of the gospel was restored to the earth. I know Thomas S. Monson is our living prophet on the earth now. I know that families can be together forever, and above all, I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. He died for me so I may live again, being made clean through his sacrifice for me and all mankind. I share these thing in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

The church house where my wife and I attend church is a two blocks away from our home. We walk to church together warm or cold, rain or snow every Sunday. We love the other members in our ward, we have made many new friends here. I help with the men that are about in the same stage of life as I am. We plan activities, visit those who are in need of uplifting, I teach lessons at church every now again, and I try to help everyone else feel welcomed and happy. We even on occasion get to help one another move, maneuvering pianos, couches and freezer through small apartment homes. We help each other where we can. My wife and I read in the scriptures together every evening, and we pray together several times a day. We attend the temple, which is a special place of worship, that is close to our home once a week as well. We are happy and love living our faith.