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Hi I'm Tannen

I have lived and grown up in Alaska almost my whole life. I have seven siblings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Living in Alaska, I have often enjoyed doing activities outside. I love to do any sport in general. Some of my favorites are; basketball, snowboarding, track and field, and motor sports. Along with these, I love to explore and try new things. I just graduated high school and would later like to get into theater, graphic arts or architecture. More than anything, however, I think my greatest love is ice cream... and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and was taught at a very young age. When I was eight years old I made the choice to become an official member and I was baptized. To this day I haven't once regretted that decision. Throughout the years I have had many opportunities offered to me that I had to turn down. Some may think that I am limited because of the church and that I am only allowed to do very little. At first glance that may be what it seems like, however, I know that because I have chosen to be a member of this great church and to turn down those things I have become more free. I am free to choose right from wrong and this church has helped me from being hindered by those wrong choices. My life has been filled with a happiness that I cannot begin to describe. Because of this gospel I know that I have a Father in Heaven that I can speak to through prayer, and he can speak back to me through personal revelation and doctrine, such as the Book of Mormon. I know that every word printed in this great book is true. Never once was I forced to go to church. I go because I have a great love for my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I know he suffered for my sins. I know he died and that he lives again. I know that because of Him, I too can be resurrected and that families can be together forever. I am a Mormon because I had faith, I read, I prayed and I received a confirmation that this is the true church on Earth.

How I live my faith

My branch in Seward, Alaska is very small, making it very tight-knit. Because of this, I have the often had the opportunity to teach and prepare lessons for my classes. The participation in these classes usually consisted of my two brothers and my friend and his brother. It was small, but that gave us all the chance to get used to speaking, without the fear of being nervous. School was very similar. Everyone knew who the Mormons were and they all respected us for the way we live. This was really helpful growing up because I had no reason to try to hide my religion. The five Mormons in high school were very supported and if we messed up everyone knew it. For this reason, we all had to always try to be our best. For the next two years I will be serving in Idaho as a representative of the church. I am very excited to become a missionary and to teach others about my church.