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Hi I'm Tanner Carter

I'm 22 years old, and almost finished with my full time, 24 month mission. I'm a Mormon, and proud of it!

About Me

I am 22 years old, and the oldest of 5 kids (2 brothers and 2 sisters) in my family. I graduated as part of Class of '13, from high school. I participated in running Cross Country, and Track. I was also a part of the basketball team, and my senior year, I helped the coaches make the team that would go on to win the state championship. I'm also an avid winter sportsman. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, you name it. If it involves snow, I'm in it! Athletics and competition have always been a part of me, and my family. Although I have yet to do any college, I have moved around from place to place, and am considering a junior college that I have a full ride scholarship offer from down in Arizona. I'm always close to the friendships that I make. I always look to serve others, and I know that God will always be with me, wherever I go. Joshua 1:9

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I didn't really have a testimony, let alone a desire, to go to church. The only reason why I went was because of political correctness. See my dad was in the bishopric during my teenage years, so I felt that if I didn't go to church, then the ward members wouldn't heed his council because he couldn't get his own child to listen to him. So I was in an uncomfortable position, trying to satisfy a peer pressured demand, and my personal wants. It wasn't until I had watched most of my friends leave for their missions, right after HS graduation, that I decided that I wanted to serve a mission. To my surprise, I was told no after waiting for 6 months. Later the following May, while I was still trying to cope with my disappointment, I managed to get a job that was over 400 miles away from home. It was while I was there, that I started to really gain a knowledge and testimony for myself. It was there, that I gained that desire to go to church for myself. It was that little desire that started a snowball effect in my life that changed me from who I was before, to who I am now. Right now, just over 2 years out of high school, I am 21 years old and about halfway through my mission. There have been so many tender mercies, little miracles, and blessings that I've seen in just the 2 years BEFORE my mission, that proved to me that this Gospel is His true church, and that the fullness of His Gospel has been restored, and that there is no way that I can turn back to where I was before. I know I'm not close to being perfect, but I know I'm a lot better now than I was before.

How I live my faith

I am now living my faith by serving a mission. I am serving the mission, because I have a testimony that needs to be shared, and somebody needs to hear it. I also believe that there is somebody that I need to meet. Somebody who will have to help me, just as much as I have to help someone. Service is how I show my faith. I'm always looking for ways to serve one another.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Tanner Carter
The Book of Mormon is very literally, as it says on the cover, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". The first Testament of Jesus Christ is the Holy Bible. Personally, I'm more willing to believe an idea, theory, or evidence, if it's backed up with more evidence that confirms what the first says. The same way of proof is shown over and over again in law. If you bring evidence for your case in court, then you are more likely to prove your case than if you didn't. The Book of Mormon is that extra bit of evidence that proves our case: That God does care for each of us, and that His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, lives! And you can prove it in your own life. In Moroni 10:4, we are promised that if we read and pray about the Book of Mormon, "with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you.." I know for sure that the Book of Mormon is true, and that it goes hand in hand with the Bible. I did as was asked in Moroni 10, and it was proven unto me in a way that I understand, and I know that it will be proven to you in a way that you will understand. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tanner Carter
If God truly did create all the world, and all the things in and of the world, then it is logical to believe that everything belongs to Him. But He recognizes that we need some of the things that He has created to survive in this life. So He freely gives of us of what He made, with a commandment that we give 10% back to Him, as a way to remember that it is through Him, that all is possible. He has also said that if we give back to Him, that he will, "..open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them." -Malachi 3:8-10. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tanner Carter
Allow me to define what the word "Cult" means. From the New Oxford American Dictionary, it states that a cult is, "a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister." Now sinister implies to something seriously wrong. One of the reasons why we get labeled for being a cult is because of a lack of understanding. When understanding and learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is taught, then ones impression of the church changes, and misunderstanding and irrational and immature name calling becomes understanding, and knowledge. I stated the full name of the church in that paragraph. We very literally believe in Jesus Christ, and not only that, but in His Atoning Sacrifice for every single soul that ever has lived, currently lives, and will live here on this earth. It is an Infinite Atonement, one that will always heal us, so long as we enable it through the process of repentance. Surely, would not this knowledge imply that we truly are Christians? A cult does not believe in Jesus Christ, nor does it have any regard to Him, or to God the Father, or to the Holy Ghost, which same Spirit testifies of God the Father and of the Son, Jesus Christ. I invite all who do not know what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, to meet with missionaries. So that misunderstanding becomes understanding, and knowledge. Show more Show less