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Hi I'm Tanner Ashcraft

I'm the fifth of eight kids. I love my family, music, happiness, and sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First off, My name is Tanner and I have four brothers, three sisters, one brother-in-law, and a little niece. Along with my Mom and Dad, they are the coolest. My family is one where we all love, look out for one another and have fun together. I am a fresh high school graduate. My education was always a priority for me and I worked to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout my schooling. I will later be attending college when I return from my mission to Chile. Music has always been a large part of my life. My mother taught us early on that music would bless us and so through piano lessons and making us sing everywhere, we grew to love music. While in school, I was involved in the musicals. I played Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cosmo Brown in Singin' In the Rain, and Enjolras in Les Miserables. I have always enjoyed sports as well. With four brothers, it was easy to have pick-up games in our backyard or on our dead-end street. Football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, extreme croquet, you name it and we played it. That's where my connection with my brothers started and now we are nigh inseparable. One more thing about me is that I love to laugh. My entire family is this way and so we always have fun, tell jokes, and are such a joy to be around. Seeing them happy makes me happy, and that is a feeling that I love more than almost anything else.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church, but even with all of the knowledge that I grew up with, a time came in my teenage years when I needed to decide for myself whether I believed it or not. I had always gone to church and prayed and said that I "knew this church was true" but was I sure that I knew what I was doing? My own faith was being questioned. So I decided to read the Book of Mormon to see, and I came across the scripture Alma 32:27 which says to test the teachings of this church "even if you can no more than desire to believe." That's where I was at. I didn't know. I didn't even know if I believed it at all. But I WANTED to know. So I tested it out. I started reading the Book of Mormon daily. I started listening more intently in my church meetings to see what else I could test and act on. I prayed harder and harder that I could know. As I did so, I could see a difference. I truly realized that I believed. It all felt right; nothing was out of place. I could feel the Holy Ghost testifying that what I was doing was exactly what my Father in Heaven wanted me to be doing and so I continued on that path. The time came when I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time on my own. I took Moroni's challenge which says to pray about it and ask if it is true or not. I did so. As I finished my question to my Heavenly Father, a warm feeling came over me and words popped into my head that I am sure I did not put there. They said, "Have I not shown you the truthfulness already?" and I realized that I have known that it was true for a long, long time because of how I had tested it out throughout my life. Sure questions arose and I doubted for a little, but what I felt and what I learned I know were real! Those doubts don't need to hold me back any longer. The Book of Mormon is true! The feelings of happiness that accompany that book and the teachings it contains are not found anywhere else. You can come closer to Christ by living its teachings than any other way. It's TRUE!

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I will be serving in Chile in less than a month. I have decided that since I know the joy of coming unto Christ, having Him as a friend, the hope that He brings to all, and the need to follow Him that I will sacrifice two years of my life solely for the purpose of testifying to others that this is real. There is so much potential for every single person because of Christ and I want to let people know about it. As I grew up, I also served in many callings in the priesthood. I took part in my priesthood quorum presidencies to lead and guide my fellow young men and served as a priesthood pianist to share my musical talents that I have been blessed with. I served as a seminary president at my school and was thus in charge of planning and setting up meaningful activities for the students and teaching them of the truth in the midst of a troubling world. These decisive years are such a huge turning point for most and so I wanted to make sure that I did my best to help my friends make decisions wisely. This church is also a church of service and it has been my great honor to be born to parents who are amazingly service-oriented. Although I didn't always like it, my parents would often take us over to neighbors' houses to rake leaves, shovel snow, weed gardens, or do anything else that they may have needed help with. For that I am so grateful. I love to help people now. There is a feeling that comes as you serve others that you can't replicate any other way. Jesus said, "Even as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me," and I have found that it is true. I believe in the power of service. Currently, I am a teacher in my Elders' quorum. That is rather intimidating and humbling seeing as I am an 18-year old trying to teach 30-year old men who have had much more life and church experience than I have. But the Spirit helps me out. I love working for this church.