Hi I'm Tara
I'm a stay @ home mom of 5 kids. I'm married to an amazing guy who is a hard worker and wonderful father. We're huge sports fans, love the outdoors and love yummy BBQ's on the weekends. We don't live near any family, so we miss our family, but love that we have such a fantastic family of 7.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because Mormons are Christians. Mormon is a "nickname" that's been given to those in our faith and it's very widely recognized, but Mormons are first and for most Christians. That's why I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was raised in the church starting at the age of 6, by my mother who was a convert. I was active through most my youth, but I don't think I truly had my own personal conversion until I was in my 20's. I remember the day that I realized I KNEW and would never deny or turn from what I knew. I was a true convert of this true church, Christ's church. I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to make it through this life without the help of the Savior and his atoning sacrifice. I lived a hard life, grew up in a very dysfunctional family, and so I did fall off the path for awhile. I made some poor decisions and felt there was no way back. But loving leaders within my ward, and support from my family, I was reminded of help the Savior offers ALL who will come unto him, or in my case, come BACK to him. I was able to get my life back in order, and realized that this was the only 100% true and living gospel and through the Savior I would be okay. I searched out many questions I had in my head and every single answer I had could only be answered truthfully and from this church, the "Mormon" church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I even sought out other faiths and their doctrine. But none could answer all my questions or give me 100% truth. And so I returned, but back to the Savior's church. I looked into the eyes of my little girl one day in my early 20's and knew right then and there that I was not going to let her live life without knowing her Savior. It was my responsibility to bring her up in the gosple and give her every chance to get through this life with joy and happiness and return back to her Heavenly Father.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
Family is one of the most important things within our faith next to the Jesus Christ. The world is constantly pulling families apart so it's critical that work together as families to strengthen and keep our homes united and together. I have a wonderful husband who is a hard worker, who loves his family, and his a great person all around. However, he's not a member of the church. He supports me and my 5 kids in our worship and faith, but he has not yet converted. Shocking for many, especially those who meet him, but from our story I hope people can learn a few things.... 1. Everyone has to have their OWN personal conversion. It cannot come from a spouse, parent, friend...it has to come from within themselves. Everyone is ready on their own time and the Lord's time. As much as I want my husband to open his entire heart to the gosple, I know that with faith and patience, he will find out for his own and he will embrace it. 2. There are many families that are living in "part-member" homes. Many faithful Saints are supported by spouses who are not of the same faith or of any faith at all. I've met a few people who did not want to join because they felt that they couldn't do it without their spouse. I can say from personal experience that by my faith and membership within the church, even though it's without my husband, is a huge reason why our family is strong, happy and successful. Yes, it can be hard, but always worth it. I have never ever EVER thought differently. I love my husband and he loves me. And although he is not of my faith, he knows my faith, he sees my example and he strengthens me, which keeps me strong and never wavering. My testimony is strengthened and I believe stronger than it ever could have been because of our circumstances. He watches me and my children and can see our faith and beliefs. This makes us all strong and constantly living what we know.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I love the scriptures. I love reading and learning from the Bible, but also the Book of Mormon. By reading these 2 books of scriptures my faith and testimony in the Living Christ has grown. The Book of Mormon is true and offers all of it's readers the same message and brings everyone closer to God and the Savior. Book of Mormon played a significant role in why I chose to search out my heart again and come back to those things that I remembered. Moroni 10:4 "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." The Book of Mormon confirms there is a God, a loving Heavenly Father, who is looking out for us, and waiting for us to come back. He has given us the Savior, Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon beautifully testifies of the Savior and all that he has done for us and will do.
How I live my faith
I truly live my faith every minute and every hour of every day. I feel blessed and do not take it for granted. I serve the young children in our ward through my calling as the Second Counselor in the Primary presidency. I've always had a sweet spot for the youth and that seems to be where I serve most often. I am responsible for and visit 3 sisters in my ward every month and love the friendships and fellow shipping that happens through Visiting Teaching. Every day is a day to learn and teach, so within my own home I spending personal time and family time praying, studying the scriptures and teaching my children.