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Hi I'm Tara

I'm a wife, a mother, a red head, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California and raised in England, back to California and then on to the great state of Texas as a freshman in High school. After a year working at Franklin Covey and waiting tables at the greatest pie-making restaurant on earth, I attended Rick's College (now BYU-Idaho) as a Communications Major with a minor in Psychology. Shortly after my first semester there I met my husband who I married 8 months later. I deferred my education, as he was starting medical school & after a few short months of working at the school he attended, we made the decision to start our family. Ten years & four beautiful daughters later we have moved 1/2 way across the country & I have learned a lot about Communications and Psychology through practical application & hands on experience, the likes of which no lab or lecture could have taught me! I love music, my camera & enjoy hiking, biking & the beauty of the earth. All my life I wanted to be a mother, & here I am-- in the trenches! I hesitate to use that word because that makes it sound like drudgery. Oh yes! It is certainly the most challenging and demanding labor of love I ever dreamed of undertaking, but certainly the most rewarding and fulfilling! I can often be found up to my elbows in laundry, sometimes escaping to my quiet spot, snuggling my children or taking pictures with my camera to remember it all. One day I will go back to school and become the journalist or pianist of which I dream, but for now I wouldn't change a thing!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into a Mormon family, I have been converted to the gospel over time as I have sought to know God and Jesus Christ on my own. I have always had a simple and solid testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. That faith has been reaffirmed time and again as I read the Book of Mormon and listen to the Prophet and Apostles speak. I know the things of which they speak are true and I feel true joy when I read their words. When I feel doubt and discouragement, I know the source to which I should turn to feel hope and peace. The answer has always been The gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel closer to God as I read the words of His Prophets, both ancient and modern. I can not imagine living in this world without the knowledge of my divine purpose and of God's plan for us. I wouldn't know these things if I wasn't a Mormon. These truths are found with complete certainty in the Restored Gospel. I am grateful to know that I can be with my family, forever and that our time on this Earth is just temporary. I am so grateful for the Prophet, Thomas S. Monson who was called by God to lead us and give us encouragement in a world that is drifting away from his teachings. Even so, there is so much to have joy and rejoicing in! I feel that with such conviction when I hear the Prophet speak today!

How I live my faith

I serve in the presidency of the woman's organization in our church. We are all so diverse and I have grown to love these women as I have gotten to know them in this capacity. Serving them has helped me to better know my Savior, Jesus Christ and to become more like Him. To see people and to try and love them the way the Savior does has helped me strive to better live my faith.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

The testimony that Mormons speak of encompasses the truth that God is our Father who loves us and that Jesus Christ is our Savior, who came to atone for our sins so that we can one day return to live with God. Furthermore, that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that we have a living prophet who leads His church today. That is the simple base of my testimony upon which all other gospel principles are built. Show more Show less