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Hi I'm Tanner

I grew up in Utah. I have studied piano for 11 years, and played soccer for about 15. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My favorite things to do are spend time with my family, friends, and play soccer and piano. I started playing soccer when I was 4 years old, and started piano when I was 7. I love learning, and am planning on going to the University of Utah for a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. I have been called to serve as a missionary in the Tokyo South mission, and leave July 9. I am so excited to go and serve the Lord and the people of Japan for two amazing years! I have 4 siblings, two older and two younger. My two older siblings are married, and we all love spending time together. I am an avid reader and love young adult fiction, particularly books written by Brandon Mull.

Why I am a Mormon

A simple answer to why I am a Mormon would be that I was born a member. But a better answer would be because I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ, as restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, is true. This is God's church on the Earth today. While I can say that I know that now, I did have to learn and grow and gain my own testimony even though I was born a member. But one of the most important tools that I learned was that even if you aren't one hundred percent sure yet, live like you do know. As you follow the Lord's commandments with faith, the Spirit will help you to know the truth of all things. Living the gospel has definitely brought me strength and helped me strengthen my testimony so that I know this is the true church.

How I live my faith

The way that means most to me as I live my faith is really the simple things that I do every day. I love being able to wake up and pray, building a stronger relationship with my Heavenly Father. I love reading from the scriptures and feeling the stories become much more than just entertaining accounts or words on a page, but actual experiences that happened to actual people. I attend all of my church meetings, and I love the interaction that I have in my classes. It is amazing to feel the Holy Ghost testify of truth in church, as well as during scripture study. I have been called to serve the Lord in the Tokyo South mission. I can not wait. While some people might see it as a sacrifice, particularly because I have excelled in school and have great scholarships waiting for me right now, I don't see it that way. This is a way that I can show the Lord how important His work and His word is to me. I am studying and preparing so that I can be an effective teacher and lift others up as I reach out to them, bringing them the gospel.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

When you read the question, "What are some things that tell you there is a God?" you automatically restrict the evidence too much. All things tell me that there is a God. However, the things that I want to talk about are the things that I hold closest to my heart. First, my entire family has a chronic illness, Lyme Disease. Now, how in the world does that testify to me that there is a God? If we are living right, shouldn't we not have problems? At least, that is what you might be tempted to think. Not only have we seen the miracle of modern medicine, as well as the wisdom in healthy living, my entire family has become so much closer because of the trials that we have. Even though dealing with sickness has been really difficult, and there have been days when you have seen the strongest people look like they just want to give up, I have seen the Lord strengthen us to bear our burdens. Through Him, we have been able to overcome our trials, or endure them for as long as is necessary to learn and grow. Sometimes that means it keeps going. I have also received answers to my prayers. The warm, peaceful, sometimes burning feeling that goes through my entire body when I pray about correct things is a witness to me that God not only exists, but He cares about me personally. He strengthens me with the little and big concerns that I have in my life. Show more Show less