Hi I'm Tiffany
I have always loved language. When I was a little girl, I would stay up late studying Greek and Latin with my dad, who is a linguist. I decided to become a Linguistics major when I was 12. In high school, I would write secret notes to my friend in Hebrew characters. I was the only non-native German speaker in my city to pass the AP German test during my senior year of high school. In college I was able to study abroad in Vienna, Austria and then spend a month in a village in Switzerland. During that time, I went on road-trips to Italy, London, Wales, France, and Germany. I wanted to use my love of language to help others in ways they could not help themselves, so I decided to go to law school. I had my first baby during my first year of law school. I brought him to class every day while he slept. I worked hard and excelled in my classes even after he was born and was able to graduate a semester early. Two months after graduating, I passed my first bar exam. A few months after that, I had our second baby. I had other meaningful experiences during law school including working as an extern for a federal judge and working for a law firm over the summer. My husband is also an attorney. We had our third baby during his first year of law school. I am now staying home with our children and doing a little legal research on the side. I look forward to going back to work, maybe for a non-profit organization, once our children are in school.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into a very happy Mormon home. I am the second of six children. My older brother is a businessman, I am a lawyer, my younger brother is in medical school, another younger brother is in college, another on a mission, and my younger sister is still in grade school. We all love each other very much. Now I have my own family--three beautiful children and a loving husband. I want to provide my children with a home as happy and loving as mine was. Although I was born into the church, I have my own testimony, and I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I know that because of the blessings of the temple I can be with my family forever. For me and my husband, it is not "until death do we part." Because we were sealed in the temple for time and all eternity, we will be together with our children forever if we live righteously. Families can be together forever! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he died for the sins of the world. It is through the power of His Atonement that we can repent of our sins and become clean again so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I know that I am a child of a Heavenly Father who loves me. I know that he, the Creator of us all, knows my name, knows me on a very personal level, and wants me to return to him. I am so grateful to be a member of his church on the earth and for the blessings and joy that his gospel brings me.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I remember the day I was baptized. I was eight years old. I was so excited. I got to wear a pretty white dress. I felt so much joy as I joined my dad in the baptismal font. I felt very peaceful and happy and knew that I was doing the right thing. After I came out of the water, I felt very clean and pure. I wanted to do my best to stay clean.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
Each morning, I get up with my four energetic children. They get me off to an early start. My two little boys run into my room and wake me up. My day is filled with diaper changes, tantrums, cleaning up messes, and trying to teach them all as much as I can. Sometimes, I feel tired. Sometimes I feel discouraged. But my faith always keeps me going. I know that my four children are beloved children of a Heavenly Father who wants me to teach them about Him and love them with all my heart. I know that if I love and teach my children that their lives will be blessed, and that our family will be strengthened. My faith in Jesus Christ and in his divine plan give me strength and meaning in my life. I know why I do all the things that I do each day. I know that all the little things I do for my children each and every day will help them. Someday they will grow up and lead their own lives, but everything I teach them now will empower them to become great. The main thing I hope to teach them is that they are children of a Heavenly Father who knows and loves them. That knowledge has been a great blessing and anchor to me in my life.
How I live my faith
My husband and I take our children to church every Sunday. Our children love it. They come home singing songs and asking questions about God and the purpose of life. We have had to move a lot for law school and summer internships, but everywhere we have gone, the church has been strong. We just moved again a couple of weeks ago because my husband will be working for a judge as a clerk for one year. There were people to help us move in and many people welcomed us. Somehow this worldwide church with millions of members is still a great big family. Each time I have had a baby, people have been there bringing us food and checking in on us. Anytime we have been very sick, we have had people there looking after us. We have felt very loved and included everywhere we have lived. I love the church. I love being a part of a worldwide family.