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Hi I'm Tanner

I was born in raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. I play volleyball. I'm a Buckeye. I'm a Missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports. I grew up playing soccer and baseball. In Junior High i hit a huge growth spurt and suddenly lost all my coordination. I began searching for a new sport where my height would be an advantage. I found volleyball. Volleyball took me on a journey that i would have never anticipated. I traveled around the country to compete big tournaments, broke high school records, and committed to play at The Ohio State University. After Red Shirting my freshman year at Ohio State I submitted my papers and I'm now serving a mission in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church, but never had the teachings forced upon me. My parents taught me what they knew and always extended me the invitation to pray to know that it is true. Sadly in my youth I never followed the process that my parents had given me to know for myself. I merely accepted it to be true based off their testimonies. But as I grew older I was challenged by my friends who all belonged to different faiths. We shared our views on certain principles and I always included what my parents had taught me. But as I grew older my beliefs began to fade as I still didn't have a testimony of my own. One weekend while my parents were away, I stayed with a friend who belonged to a different Christian church. He invited me to attend church with him and his family, I accepted the invitation. After his service I went with my friends to his youth group hangout where the conversation began to be more heated. Someone had told one of the youth pastors I was Mormon and he proceeded to lecture me about the falsehoods of my faith. Having no testimony of my own I had very little ground to stand on to support my beliefs. That night I left discouraged and doubting the things that my parents taught me. Later that night I awoke and decided to go for a drive. I called my father to talk about the evening. He reassured me that everything was ok and that this was merely a test of my faith. The only issue is that I didn't have a lot of faith. I felt prompted to stop my car, I kneel in the grass beside the road to pray for comfort and reassurance. God, saw that I was in need and comforted me. I was overwhelmed with the peace that is the Holy Ghost. He told me that what my parents had taught me was true, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and That the Book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

I live to glorify God in my performance as an athlete. I say a pray before and after each practice/match thanking God for the opportunity I have to represent him and thanking him for the body and talents he has given me. I served as a ward missionary in my YSA ward as was able to help others come unto Christ and to see the Joy in their lives when converting to the teachings of this gospel. I'm now serving the lord full time as a missionary!

What is faith?

I believe faith is two part. one, believing and two, acting upon that faith. It takes true faith to act upon a belief. In James chapter 2 he talks about faith and works, and he ends the chapter very clearly stating that 'faith without works is dead'. If we love God and have faith in him, we will act upon our beliefs. This includes attending our church meetings, fulfilling our callings, and doing all that we can to be good disciples of Christ. Show more Show less