Hi I'm Tawny
I'm an ice cream-eating, chaco-wearing, hiking-going, travel-crazy, nature-loving, study-a-holic, and I'm a Mormon.
Well, I'm Tawny. I deeply enjoy the great outdoors--running, cycling, tree climbing, camping, hiking, swimming, sky and scuba diving, traveling, star gazing and longboarding barefoot. I'll eat anything ice cream. I am a free spirit. I love life. It's such a journey and it's SO FUN! We just have to soak it up. I'm a college student studying Marriage and Family Therapy. I'm fascinated to know what it is that makes families thrive, be successful, and contribute to society. I'm also studying English and Spanish; I loooove being able to communicate with people and understand them and their culture. I've learned that, although we're all different, we need the same things, and the gospel of Jesus Christ applies to ALL of us--no matter who we are or where we live. I'm not exactly sure what'll happen in the future, but I know it'll be good. My faith gives me such hope in the future; even though it's unknown, it'll all work out!
Why I am a Mormon
Oh, man. I'm a Mormon! It's the best thing ever! A lot of people say that we follow the traditions of our parents. They say, "Well, you're a Mormon because your parents are Mormon and you were born Mormon." I completely agree with that in the sense that we will be exposed to the lifestyle of our parents and will often follow their patterns and rituals. However, just like using the same brand of laundry detergent as my mom uses or cooking chicken noodle soup the way she always has is a choice that I make. Same with religion. To what church I want to belong is an individual, personal choice. Sure, I was raised Mormon, but I--along with millions of others--came to that point where I had to decide for myself if I wanted to follow the traditions of my parents or not. I grew up going to church, but it didn't mean anything to me. I heard in my young women class (for the young women ages 12-18) that we should read the Book of Mormon every day, and that if we wanted to know if it was true, we needed to read, pray and ask God if it was, indeed, true. I did that. I read a little bit every day, and I prayed about it. As I did so, I got a very simple, very personal, and very sure answer that it in is a true, divine book, from the Lord, translated by Joseph Smith through God's power. Receiving that answer changed my life. I immersed myself in the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and found such rich, sublime happiness and a sense of whole-ness to my life. This means EVERYTHING to me. I am a Mormon because I know without a shadow of a doubt that the church of Jesus Christ was reestablished on the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, that Thomas S Monson is the prophet today, that the Book of Mormon is a second witness to the Bible and another testimony of Jesus Christ. By reading these sacred books of scripture, it has become so apparent to me that only through our Savior and strict adherence to His gospel can we be happy, clean, and prepared to meet our Redeemer after this life.
How I live my faith
"By small and simple things are great things brought to pass;" (Alma 37:6). By doing the following small and simple things in my life that I'm able to live and strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ: --Reading in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and words of the living prophets to start every day. This clears my mind and gives me such perspective, peace, guidance, and joy. "Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell all you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:3). --Praying at the start, close, and every possible second in between of the day. "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good" (Alma 37:37). --Partaking of the sacrament weekly to renew my baptismal covenant of being "willing to take upon me the name of [His] Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given" (Moroni 4:3, 5:2). --Doing monthly visiting teaching: visiting sisters in the area, sharing a spiritual thought and just being there for them. --Going to the temple weekly and performing sacred ordinances in behalf of the deceased. --Sharing the gospel. There is no greater way to live our faith than to share it! --And lastly, I live my faith by trying to practice what we preach and "be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith in purity" (1 Tim 4:12).