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Hi I'm Tim Tappana

I'm a husband, father, and medical student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest of four boys in a single-mother home. We struggled financially, but I always knew that if I worked hard I would be able to achieve what the Lord had in store for me. I met my wife in high school and finally mustered up enough courage our Senior year to ask her on a date. After my two-year mission to Japan we were married in the Salt Lake Temple in June 2005. I started going to college in Fall 2004 and due to working full-time I didn't graduate until May 2011. All this while I knew that going to medical school is something I needed to do. It took me three years of applying to get into medical school. While this seems like a long time, I know that this is where God wants my family and me to be, at this time. We now have two kids with one on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because God knows me and this is where God wants me to be. There was a time during high school when my mom had been out of a job for a while and we were running low on food. I was feeling pretty low at this point, but I was trying to put on a strong face. My mom had me run an errand to a neighbor's house. On my way over to the neighbor's house I said a prayer asking Heavenly Father to help me know that He was there. As I was leaving the neighbor's house and walking down their steps this sweet, grand-motherly women called to me and asked if everything was okay. I knew this was an answer to my prayer. She was an answer to my prayer. They didn't have much of their own, but they gave us some food that they had set aside. This is how I know God loves us, knows us personally, and answers our prayers. When I was on my mission in Japan I had the opportunity to teach people about Jesus Christ, the scriptures, and modern-day prophets on a daily basis. As I would teach people in their homes, places of business, or even on the street I could feel the Holy Ghost testifying the truthfulness of my words. Now that I am married and have children, I have a greater perspective of the plan that God has for me, and all of his children. Teaming up with a loving wife to raise children is the greatest blessing and responsibility that I can imagine.

How I live my faith

I try to live the life that Christ wants me to live.