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Hi I'm Tarl

I'm a technical writer. I read Oz books. I keep a dream journal. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved science fiction. I'm a technical writer by day, and a creative writer by night. I am married to a wonderful woman. We are working toward adopting a child to make our family complete. I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, studying ancient history, astronomy and other sciences. Learning from the past, and from the world around me helps me to better understand myself. I love movies. Sci fi to slapstick comedy to animation. Good movies are hard to come by, so we treasure the good ones we find. Life is good. My wife and I have been through a lot of hard things. We pray daily for guidance and strength. We are doing the best that we can, so we know that we are not being led in the wrong direction. When things get hard, they are not bad, just hard. We can do hard things. By facing the hard things in life, our faith in the Lord increases. With the storms of the world raging around us, we know where we can find peace - in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a thinker. If there was a difficult question, you can bet I thought about it. Growing up, I was constantly reading and learning. Being raised Mormon gave me some religious understandings that my friends didn't have. Still, I always asked questions. The more I learned about science, the arts, history and literature, the more I realized that the LDS Church has the answers I need. The teachings of the Church, the words of the prophets, or scientific studies conducted in a spirit of truth, all provide the answers I need to help me move forward in life - spiritually, intellectually and educationally. I have found that Truth is Truth, no matter what field I study. If it uplifts, edifies, and turns my heart and mind to the greatness and goodness of Jesus Christ, it is true.

How I live my faith

I believe in education. True principles must be learned and lived to be shared. Attending Church every week is part of how I am able to share and learn gospel truths. In the other days during the week, I educate myself on current events and weigh them against stories from the scriptures. It really is true that there is nothing new under the sun. Everything that the world is dealing with today has been dealt with before. The answers are there if we will look to find them. I believe in liberty and principles of freedom. I write about these on a blog, called Thoroughfare of Freedom (you can check it out in the upper right corner - there's a link). My blog follows the footsteps of faithful patriots. I write about scriptural truths as they relate to Constitutional principles and real life. By sharing the truths and principles that I have learned and lived, I am able to walk a straighter course in life. I never know who might be watching, so I live each day the best that I am able.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Mormon Chuch does not endorse specific political parties. The LDS Church is a worldwide organization. The leadership of the Church has always encouraged its members to be good citizens of the nations they live in. We all need to be involved in the political process and seek out candidates that will uphold principles and liberties that make men free and bring happiness to home, family and community. The Church has laid out true principles for Christian living. These principles will bring happiness wherever and whenever they are lived. If we, as members of the Church, live these principles, and seek out public servants that will do the same, our nations will naturally correct their course to uphold and protect families and liberty for each person. We have seen the results that come from nations that do not uphold values that protect the family. Family values have come under attack as old-fashioned or outdated. This is not true. The family is eternal. It always has been, and always will be, the building block of society. If a nation repents and turns back to true principles, it will attain the blessings of the Lord. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a sure witness that things are true. As a witness testifies in a court of law, that the things they have heard or seen are true, with relation to the case at hand, so also does a testimony of spiritual principles apply to life. A testimony is like an engine that runs your life. A testimony of Jesus Christ as our Savior and our Redeemer can help us every day. When we know that through Jesus Christ we can be forgiven of our sins, we gain a brighter outlook on life. We become better people, knowing that the mistakes of the past can be wiped away. We want to be better. Testimony is a witness of truth. Some frequent items heard in testimonies are that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world; that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and the restorer of the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth in these latter days; that the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is a true prophet and the only one that can speak for the entire world, saying, "Thus sayeth the Lord ..."; that the scriptures - the Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price - are true; that God, our Heavenly Father, lives and loves us; that families can be together forever; that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. Built on this foundation of truth, we can reach out to others to share, to lift and to help. Our testimonies grow when we help others learn, improve their lives and find happiness. We do the Lord's work when we help others. As we help others, our testimonies grow. It is a precious circle that strengthens with every time around. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family has always been, and will always be, the basic building block of society. Where the values of love, trust, honesty, integrity, patience, virtue, knowledge, education and personal accountability are practiced, there will be harmony. We believe, as children of a Heavenly Father, that we come to earth to learn, to grow, to experience, and to have families of our own. As children of a Father in Heaven, we want to return someday to His presence with our families. Family brings happiness. It is only through family relationships that we can learn and experience all of the joys that mortality has to offer. Show more Show less