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Hi I'm Tara

I'm a single mother of two. I'm a full-time writer and producer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a proud mother of two princesses; a busy manager of media production; a temple-going Mormon; an avid reader; a prolific writer; a fan of escapist romantic comedies; a loyal friend; a college graduate; a patriotic Republican; a Disney Cast Member (once upon a time); with a type-A personality. So, basically your all-American girl.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Southern California, a place where the sun nearly always shines and you’re never too far from the beach, the fantasy world of Disneyland, or the glittering lights of Hollywood. I lived most of my life in this fantasy land enjoying my life, my family – parents and a younger brother – and the promise of a bright future. I was raised by good parents who happened to be unsure about the existence of God. I went off to college to study journalism and was eventually recruited to do press and publicity for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. In my early 20s, I was thoroughly enjoying my career. Although, outwardly, my life looked fabulous (I met incredible people, ate at five-star restaurants nightly and spent every day at “The Happiest Place on Earth”) … still … inside, I struggled. I have always been a highly Type-A, goal-oriented person and I had lofty goals. Well, at that point, I had reached many of the major goals I had set for myself professionally already and, instead of feeling satisfaction and contentment, I just felt empty. It was a dark, difficult time. Luckily, as author Margaret Drabble so eloquently puts it: “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” At that point, although I was at the top of my game professionally, I had nowhere to go but up personally and spiritually. To make a long story short enough for this Web site, I will summarize and tell you that I had a dream in which I saw the Salt Lake Temple and other things that I had never before seen in my waking life. I was commanded to seek the truth and to perform a few specific tasks. So, I found a co-worker at Disney that I felt directed to talk to and discovered he was Mormon. I read the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price and was baptized less than two weeks from the night I had my dream. My spirit seemed to recognize the truths the missionaries and the scriptures testified of. It was as if they were giving words and shape to the beliefs I had always had in me. It's been nine years since I became a Mormon. There is a common saying today that the Lord never said it would be easy, only that it would be worth it, and I’ve felt that myself. I can’t say that I was surprised by the fact that my life has not been perfect as a Mormon. It is immeasurably wonderful, but it is not free of trial. The basics of life are the same, but the way I view my life is more focused – clearer – and there is a new dimension that makes it richer and more beautiful.

How I live my faith

I follow Jesus Christ's example and teachings, to the best of my ability. The thing I've been working on lately is not judging others. You never know what is hidden underneath. Following the Savior's example of serving others is helping me find deeper understanding and compassion for those I serve. In addition to other community volunteer service, I teach a group of 15-year-olds in a Sunday School class and I visit several women in the ward each month to offer assistance, comfort, and counsel. I hope I continue to find new ways to implement the teachings of Jesus Christ into my life to be an example to my children, so they can go do greater good in the world than I could ever hope to accomplish!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I was surprised by the role and view of Mormon women when I joined the Church. I had expected them to be a little oppressed by a dominant patriarchal society. I expected them to be housewives without outside interests, with little education and even littler goals. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of those stereotypes were false. Mormon women are as diverse and unique and driven as any group of women anywhere. I met women that were highly educated and articulate, with interesting life experiences and wonderful careers. I met mothers who were reverenced by their grown children and wives that were treated with respect and kindness by their husbands. I never met a group of men so interested in family and in sharing family responsibilities than the Mormon men I met. The women held positions of leadership in the Church, in their communities, in their careers. So, are men and women equal, truly? I think that society would like us to think that women and men can be the same. I don't think that's possible. Men and women have different, complimentary gifts that can be used together to accomplish the greatest good for individuals, families, and communities. Women, Mormon or otherwise, can be and achieve anything they want to today, and they can and should use all of the gifts and talents that are uniquely theirs to get there. And men and women should support each other completely to reach mutual goals, in families, in the workplace, in Church, and so on. That makes them equal, in my opinion, even if their duties and strengths are not the same, because they are equal in purpose. I love being a mom. I love being a full-time career woman. I love being a Mormon woman and being celebrated for my femininity! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

One of the things that affected me deeply when I was learning about the Mormon Church was the concept of eternal progression. When I thought about Heaven, I had always been bothered by the idea that I might someday be an angel that played a harp on a cloud somewhere forever. Sure, the idea of resting sounded great when I was working 80-hour weeks, but that could only be comfortable for a few thousand years. An eternity, though? How could I be happy doing that forever? I love to learn. I love to try new things. I love adventures. I always thought that MY Heaven would be a place where I could keep learning and growing. The Mormon missionaries taught me that I had the potential to learn and grow for all eternity. And, with that kind of time to progress, that I could someday gain enough knowledge, wisdom, and experience to become like God is today. Knowing this gives me hope for the future, and also helps me in my daily life, as I protect the things I want to have forever, and as I seek more knowledge and experience, which I know will come with me when I die and head on to the next level of existence. Show more Show less