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Hi I'm Tanner Stepheson

I grew up in Sacramento, California. I will be serving in the Russia, Vladivostok mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Tanner. I love to be around people to to get to know them, there's nothing more interesting than someones story. I like to think that I am a very friendly and personable person, I love to help and serve people. Because of this fact, I am starting a career in the medical field, immediately after i graduated high school I snatched up a spot in an EMT program at a local junior college and I LOVED it. I am currently Nationally certified as an EMT as well as certified in my state. aside from that I very much enjoy music. Recently I have been going to concerts with my dad because we seem to enjoy the same music. I myself play guitar and would give just about anything to play piano.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church, I do have a conversion story, which I have found is not too uncommon for people of the same circumstance. as a teenager going through high school, I, like most of my peers didn't want to be like my parents and the rest of my family. Between myself and the rest of my friends the word "church" had a very negative connotation. I was always very confused and most often angry. I found myself looking for excuses to not go to church and found myself not following commandments, not because it was difficult for me, but because I didn't want to. Most of the memories I have of my home life in high school are of fighting with my parents. I always looked outward and blamed other people for my problems, calling Mormons hypocrites, and bad people. after I graduated high school I spent a semester at community college. One day I ended up in the car with my uncle who had served a mission in Chile. he asked me if I planned on serving a mission and I said no. he didn't scoff at me, put me down, or show any negativity like i thought all "Mormons" did. he just told me to go home and pray about a mission. and he made me promise, that I would put my mission papers in after the semester ended. so I went home and prayed my heart out. in my mind I was praying to nothingness. But as I prayed and questioned my life, I stopped looking outward and started looking at myself. I realized that its not what everybody else is doing, its what I am doing. how I live the gospel. Now, I like to think of myself as a man of my word, so I put my papers in after that semester and now I am going to serve in Vladivostok, Russia. I am so excited to go and share the message that I have finally discovered for myself the truthfulness of this gospel.

How I live my faith

Currently I do everything I can for my ward. I do whatever the bishop tells me to do honestly. I am called as a Ward missionary and am VERY often asked to go preach with the full-time missionaries called to our ward. most often I will go with the missionaries to families homes to teach them about the gospel and how it can bless their lives. I am always willing to help out and serve the ward, i have found that i am most happy when i forget about myself and serve others.