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Hi I'm Tanner Norton

I was born in Utah. I love basketball. I'm a state champion tennis player. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 18 years old. I just graduated high school, and now I am about to serve a two year LDS mission in Farmington New Mexico. While in high school, I played basketball, tennis, soccer, and ran cross country. I love sports and exercise; it is a huge part of my life. After my mission, I will be attending college at BYU Provo. There I plan to go into math, science, and some astronomy. Right now, I have no idea what job or major I will be going into. All I know is that I love math and science. Hopefully I can figure out my path once I get started with all my school work. Currently, I just finished working at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Grounds. I worked on a maintenance crew there. Now I am just patiently waiting for my date to go into the MTC.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I grew up in the Mormon church. My parents always took me to church and taught me the gospel, but I still had to be converted to it for myself. There came a point in my life where I had to figure out whether I personally wanted to be a Mormon. I couldn't just borrow my parents beliefs anymore. My knowledge of the truth of the gospel came very gradually. I never came all at once. Piece by piece I gained an assurance of the truth. The first piece of knowledge was in the prophet Joseph Smith. He was a man that I aspire to be like. I loved to hear his story and all the many things he did. I know that Joseph Smith was a true and righteous prophet of God. I know that he really did see God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. I still remember the good feeling the spirit gave me, and when the spirit testified to me of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith. Another piece of knowledge that came to me when I was deciding whether this church was true was my testimony of the Book of Mormon. When I read it intently, I knew it was true. There was such a good feeling and such a comfort to me as I read the pages. I can also testify that as I read from the Book of Mormon, my life became so much better. My days were filled with more happiness. This is the main reason I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because this church makes me happy. I would not be a part of this church if it didn't make me happy. Even though I have to work hard and do many callings, I find joy in my life that I haven't found anywhere else in the world. Being a Mormon has filled my life with something that I cherish dearly. It has filled my life with purpose. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day, every hour, and every minute. My faith is my whole life. Everything I do has something to do with my faith and my church. The biggest way in which I am living my faith is in preparing for my mission. Soon, I will be teaching Christ's gospel to complete strangers in Farmington New Mexico for two years! At first, I was very anxious and nervous to go onto something like this, but the more I think about it the more I know that God will be with me. I have no need to fear when he is on my side. Other ways I live my faith are in some of my callings I have had. Just recently, I was asked to help lead some young men who are my same age. These young men were all my friends. We would do service projects together, and we did many activities together. I love those young men with all of my heart. We all grew together, and we became a strength for each other. It is easier to live my faith when I have good friends around me. One of the most important way in which I live my faith is through my service to others. Whether it is doing yard work, helping at a community dinner table, or visiting the elderly, I have been able to become more loving and I have been able to feel God's love for me and for His children that I serve. It has brought me some of the greatest joy in my life to help others and to know that I have actually made a difference for them in their life.