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Hi I'm TARA.

I'm a linguist, chef, marketing professional, chocolate fanatic, technology lover, teacher and friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 6th generation Mesa, Arizona girl but I've been blessed to live in different parts of the world. My family spent summers in Cuernavaca, Mexio where I learned Spanish. I served as a Mormon missionary in France and Belgium from 1989-1991, and part of my heart is still there. After my mission I finished my degree in French and psychology. I spent a year going to culinary school and developed my love for baking and pastry. I completed an externship at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah and enjoyed my time there. I have taught private cooking classes for small groups, both in my home and in theirs. There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you prepare and share good food and have people clap afterwards! I come from a long line of public school teachers. My grandmother and her sisters were teachers, my mother, one of her sisters and her brother were teachers. My father was a teacher. I have a cousin is teaches. I may be the only person in my family to graduate from college and not be in the classroom! But I did have the tremendous joy of teaching for a small private school for a large social services agency. Though they were juvenile criminal and sex offenders, I found my students to be great kids who came from difficult circumstances, and I loved them. I still miss them... Currently I work in marketing for a growing and successful mortgage company in their marketing department. I have a lot of fun supporting our loan officers and enjoy my work.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my ancestors were Mormons, and I was born and raised in the Church. I was baptized by my father at the age of eight, and while I don't remember many details of the baptismal service, I remember well the excitement I felt in the days and weeks leading up to it. And I certainly remember the joy and peace I felt afterwards. I am a Mormon because I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ, and I am grateful for all He has done for me. I know he leads and guides the Church through a living prophet and 12 apostles that are on the earth today. I am a Mormon because the Church brings me peace. That doesn't mean my life is perfect or that I am always happy. But knowing that the Church is true, that the scriptures are true, that Jesus is my Savior and that my Heavenly Father and Mother love me give me the perspective I need when times are tough. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is a book of scripture that comes from God. It is called Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and I know that when I read and study it I can draw closer to Him.

How I live my faith

I hope that I live my faith in everything that I do. I serve in my ward (congregation) as a teacher and advisor of the 14-16 year old girls. I enjoy teaching them on Sundays and participating in activities during the week. Previously I've served in the nursery, taught the adult sisters during our Sunday worship meeting and served in other ways. Serving as a missionary in the Belgium Brussels mission in the early 1990's was definitely one of the highlights of my life. I love the people there, and I still think French is the most beautiful language. After my mission I was privileged - as a part time job while attending Brigham Young University - to teach at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. And after I graduated I volunteered my time with the full-time Spanish speaking sisters serving in Mesa at least once a week for several years. I love sharing the gospel.