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Hi I'm Tara

I'm from Arizona and I'm a nurse, wife, and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I grew up in a small town in Southern Arizona, raised in the country on a ranch and small farm. My dad was the local vet and I love visiting my family who still lives down there. My husband and I currently live in Utah where he just barely graduated from college. I work as a Registered Nurse as the Nurse Educator of a critical care unit. I also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Wisconsin and Michigan. Currently, I work full-time while my husband finishes up school and is now looking for a job. I am excited to eventually be a stay at home mom to my son who is 13 months and to our second baby boy, who is due to be born in about a month! 

Why I am a Mormon

 My parents are both Mormon and they raised me with the values and teachings that are taught within the faith. I grew up going to church every Sunday, reading scriptures and praying together as a family, and learning to be honest and true in all my actions. There were few members of the church in my jr. high and high school so I had to decide early on if I was going to stick to the standards taught by the church and reinforced by my parents. This was very difficult at times for example, waiting to date until I was 16 and being the ONLY girl in the entire school that wore a modest dress to prom but I learned valuable lessons that made me who I am today and I'm so grateful for that now. I honestly cannot identify an exact moment when I knew the church was true- I think it came just over time during my teenage years when I was faced with choices to make and the effect of those choices. It really is very simple when we obey a commandment we are blessed. These blessings add up and contribute to our happiness and our desire to serve God. They also help us recognize and feel the Holy Ghost, which can lead us to do good and choose the right. Also, by reading the Book of Mormon as a teenager, I felt the Spirit testify that it is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who translated it for us in these latter-days. We can pray to know if the book is true and if it really is additional scripture to guide us and complement the Bible. That is what I did to know- anyone can do the same. God loves and answers all of HIs children who are truly seeking to know the truth. We also have a modern prophet on the earth who acts as His mouthpiece today. That prophet is President Thomas S. Monson and I know he speaks truth and guides us to do right.

How I live my faith

 I strive to live my faith mostly by serving others and my family. My husband and I have family prayer, morning and night, with our one year old son so he can start learning now. We also read scriptures together as a family and look for opportunities to serve others. In our ward, my husband and I teach the 3-4 year old children- so fun! We love being in Primary where children are taught the gospel, sing songs and learn to pray and scripture stories. I also am the ward organist, which is nice to help bring music into our meetings. We enjoy going to church each week where we can feel the Spirit, partake of the sacrament, and be uplifted by the speakers' messages and testimonies of Christ.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Tara
 We read in the scriptures that everyone must be baptized in order to "enter the kingdom of God." This is a necessary step to return back to our Heavenly Father. We believe that you must be accountable and understand why you are being baptized and the covenants, or promises, that you are making to God with baptism. That is why we don't baptize babies and wait until a person is at least 8 years old or older. Once a person is taught the gospel and has made the decision to join the church, they must be baptized by immersion, which is how Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Going completely under the water symbolizes your old, sinful self being washed clean through the Atonement of Christ and coming up anew, clean and pure. Through baptism we promise to strive to be like Christ, help others in need, and strive to keep the commandments for the rest of our lives. We also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism which helps us keep these promises, make good choices, and become more like Jesus Christ. Show more Show less