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Hi I'm Tanner

I have lived in Portland all my life. I am a runner. I am serving a mission in Nagoya, Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just a normal and confused 19 year-old boy. Unsure of what to pursue as a career. My interests range from History to Biology to Punk Rock, and my aspirations are just as convoluted. I love music in many forms and I have recently begun pursuing guitar and songwriting for myself. I love the outdoors and I love the rain, I crave the comfort of drying off inside after adventuring in the soggy, slippery and scenic outdoors of Oregon. When I run I feel God's pleasure and with that sentiment I have run competitively for a few years. Though I am somewhat dazed in this world the only thing that helps me make sense of it all is the Gospel of Christ and the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Due to both the Gospel and my family, even through all this confusion, there is a white flag in my pocket never to be unfurled. I am serving a mission for the church in the Nagoya Japan mission. I hope to bring the contentment the Gospel has brought me to the people of Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I feel more wholesome and generally content when I live by its precepts. I was born Mormon but I was not always fully invested in the religion. While when I was not focused on Mormonism I would not say I was unhappy, however, when I decided to let the Church become a greater part of my life I noticed almost an immediate change. My attitude and general view of humanity and the world was much more positive. Being Mormon gives me a sense of calm and happiness that I can only attribute to living what is taught in my faith. I am also Mormon because of the loving principles and focus on family it provides. My family and many other families I know have gained stability and happiness through abiding by what is taught to us. I have seen first hand how this church strengthens familial relationships when followed. I hope someday to have a family of my own and I am confident that through a Christ centered home my family will be strengthened and I can teach proper values of understanding and neighborly love. I am Mormon because I desire to live a loving and harmonious life.

How I live my faith

Like many others in this Church I try to live my faith in a variety of ways. I am in a young single adult church congregation and I am a hometeacher to several in that group. This means making sure these individuals are healthy and provided for spiritually and temporally. Doing this sometimes requires service to these individuals. My service is not limited to inside the church. I also make an effort both with my congregation and individually to seek out opportunities to serve in my community. Though admittedly sometimes providing service seems hard when you are tired or in a bad mood, it can be just the pick-me-up I need. It is like my father always said: Providing service is a very selfish thing. It really is. I also am living my faith by serving a full-time mission for my church in Japan.