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Hi I'm Tanner

I live in Utah; I'm a college student; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Applied Mathematics major at the University of Utah, and I just got out of my first year. I'm taking a two year break from school to serve an LDS mission. My favorite hobby by a mile is basketball: watching it, playing it, studying it, anything. It's a good sport to play if you're a Mormon because there are hoops in every meetinghouse!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the LDS church from day one, there simply came a time in my life when I had to learn for myself whether everything I had been taught for 19 years was true. This happened during my first year of college because of doubts and questions I had about the church. Much like Joseph Smith, I couldn't discern what was true and what wasn't; the two stories being told couldn't both be true. "In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?" -JSH 1:10 One night my ward bishop asked me to come to his office for an interview. While we were talking, I noticed a copy of the Book of Mormon sitting on his desk. It caught my attention because I realized that I had never actually read the Book of Mormon despite being LDS my entire life. I asked if I could have it on my way out the door, and he gave it to me. I walked back to my dorm that night with a strong impression to read it. That Sunday, I caught the flu and realized that I would be bed-ridden for a while. I started to read the Book of Mormon because I had nothing to lose at this point. Despite my personal struggles, when I started reading, I noticed an incredible feeling of peace that came to me. It made no sense: in the darkest time of my life, I somehow was able to feel joy and hope. Minutes turned into hours, hours into afternoons, and afternoons into evenings. Some days I read for over 10 hours. When all was said and done, I had read the Book of Mormon in 6 days. I prayed to know if it was true when I got to Moroni 10:4 and got my answer through a witness from the Holy Ghost. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. And since the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet, and Jesus is the Christ. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving a mission for the LDS church. This means that my time is wholly devoted to sharing the gospel and inviting people to come unto Christ. The reason I've chosen to do this is because of how blessed I was in being raised in the gospel; not a lot of people are able to grow up in a community and an environment that was as amazing as mine. I need to share the gospel with people that haven't had that blessing.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Joseph Smith described the Book of Mormon as "the keystone of our religion." This means that if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, Jesus is the Christ, and this is His church on the Earth today. Thus, if you want to know if Mormonism is true, read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true (Moroni 10:4). You will receive an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less