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Hi I'm Tawny

I'm a dancer and a nurse. I love going on road trips, making healthy food, and developing new talents. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was an "air force brat" all growing up and enjoyed living in a lot of different places with a lot of different kinds of people. Over the years, I developed many interests including dance (mostly ballet, modern, Irish, and ballroom), music (piano, flute, pennywhistle, guitar), nursing (I'm a surgical services nurse), and interior design (paint, anyone?). I prefer 'and' to 'or' and often take on too much! I'm a goofy big sister and a member of a big extended family. There is a family culture in my family of liking to garden, sing, watch old movies, and play group games. My husband and I both went to BYU. We met in our singles' ward and were married in the Mount Timpanogos temple. We have two children and love spending time together. We went dancing on our first date and have been dancing in the kitchen ever since (with little children in tow). I have worked through several challenges and sufferings in the past few years that have helped me to grow to be so close to the Savior. Hardly a moment can pass without me being so grateful to Him. He is in every detail of my little life, and I love Him so much. I am grateful for my challenges and that they have invited me to walk beside Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was hugely blessed to be born into the Church. I come from a long line of Mormons; many of my ancestors were pioneers and sacrificed everything to cross the plains and join themselves with the latter-day saints in the Salt Lake Valley. I love this heritage and am grateful to be a recipient of such faith and devotion. No matter how strong a family history is in the Church, however, each person has to know for themselves that this Church is true. I grew up relying on the testimonies of my parents and leaders, but I thought I probably knew it was all true. When I was about twelve years old, I asked Heavenly Father in prayer if He loves me individually, and the answer came back with an instant and resounding YES! And with that knowledge came a certain witness that everything He had provided for me as a member of this Church and all the warm feelings He had ever given me in my heart about the truth of the Gospel were REAL and TRUE. Every person has to come to that realization in their own way, but when it comes, it is undeniable forevermore. I am a Mormon because there is no other way for me to thrive in this mortal life. I've strayed in my personal diligence from time to time, and every time I go looking for happiness and peace, I find it nowhere but in my Savior. He is THE way, THE truth, and THE life! He lived and died for us. His original church has been restored with every truth and promise that a person needs to be happy in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is just GREAT! I have an instant (huge) support system at all times, and I also have the opportunity to give back and serve others. I currently conduct the music in the women's organization (Relief Society) during church. I thoughtfully select hymns based on the topic of the lesson. I love it. I also go visiting teaching to some fantastic sisters. Some of my other favorite callings were being Relief Society teacher and nursery worker (a class, music time, snack time, and play time for children ages 18 months to 3 years). Serving is a delight. I take a family history class at church that teaches me how to find my ancestors. Searching for them and learning from their legacies is important to me. Journaling helps me to find meaning in my own legacy. I attend the temple and all my church meetings. I try to follow Christ's example and serve others. I search the scriptures every day to learn how to be more like Jesus and live the way He lived. Probably the most important thing I do to live my faith is to pray fervently. Prayer helps me to express gratitude, ask for help and blessings, feel peace, and receive direction. It's amazing to me that my omnipotent Heavenly Father is only a prayer away. I try to keep a prayer in my heart at all times so I can feel Him near me and be who He would want me to be.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are normal people. They live like the people in the country wherever they live. The thing that may seem different is their inner peace and the way they dress and conduct themselves. Hopefully, they are trying to become more like the Savior and trying to live with such principles as faith, hope, and charity in their hearts. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the Third Member of the Godhead. He is separate from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and has a body of spirit. People may feel the Holy Ghost in their hearts as warmth or a happy feeling at some times. By receiving the Holy Ghost after baptism, we can have the Holy Ghost with us at ALL times to guide, direct, protect, comfort, enlighten, and speak truth to us. Show more Show less