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Hi I'm Tiffany

I love photography. I clean teeth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, mom, a part-time registered dental hygienist and a photographer. I really do love my life. I am worried that I'll forget something so I take photos. I used to keep up with journals for myself and for my little boys, but now my family blog has taken over. I print the blog into a book each year which is perfect for us. I'm eating up all of the fun that my kids enjoy now like crafts, simple outings, play dates, and pretending to be superheros by jumping on the furniture. I have my fourth and final baby, a girly girl. I love that she loves to have a bow in her hair and begs to brush her teeth, what more could I need?

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon, so I was born into the church. When I was 13 years old, I really finally REALLY knew that the church was the one true one. I had always believed it was, but it became personal for me when I was reading about a Book of Mormon prophet named Abinadi. I was reading behind the big blue arm chair in the sunlight from the living room window, and it was like a play was being acted out in my mind. I couldn't believe the fearlessness of Abinadi when his faith was being questioned by the "Wicked King Noah." I also had to stand by my principals when boyfriends would question why I would or wouldn't do things. They assumed it was just because my mom was overprotected. I had to let them understand that I believe what I believe because I have figured it out for myself. I was the only member of my church in high school, and I had to figure out who I was - like any teenager. At least I had a good foundation so I feel I was more equipped to make good choices. I have been to other wonderful churches with good friends. I am who I am because I choose to do so. It is part of me.

How I live my faith

I am a counselor in the girls' youth program for our congregation. Besides Sunday classes and occasional weekend activities and service projects or outings, we have regular youth night each Wednesday. There, we have a good mix of faith building, service oriented, educational, and fun activities where the youth hang out with good peers and invite friends. We have a schedule for which Wednesday is with just the age group of girls, which ones are with all the teen girls, and which one is combined with the boys. For just the 14 and 15 year olds, we made ice cream one night. Girls brought friends and it was a relaxed bonding time for the girls. When we had all of the girls together, we painted canvases for a local homeless shelter's new home which will house one family at a time as that family transitions into a permanent home. The bright paintings were well received. As a mom, I value the good core principals taught even to the nursrey aged kids. My 2 year old loves singing songs like "I am a child of God" and "Kindness begins with me" as he plays with his toy cars. My 4 year old reminds us to read scriptures each evening - which is so fun to hear (even if he's truely prolonging going to bed.) I also have a testimony of how prayer helps. I often think how I need spiritual guidance - even if it is to help me remember where I placed my keys when I'm in a rush. My parents taught me how prayer works when I was a kid, and it has never failed me. As a dental hygienist, I see new patients/friends and regular patients/friends as well. I get to know new stories of many people. I listen and note how the gospel could really help. Knowing that God knows us individually can help so much hurt that is out there. I rarely talk about anything churchy to my patients, but I can appreciate my perspective and it may help the patients some. Seeing the big picture helps guide my decisions. I still wear a CTR ("Choose The Right") ring like the one I got when I was about 6 years old.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Tiffany
First of all, Mormons are Christians. And Christians are Christ-like. When we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the name of Christ. So to me, we are known as Christians and we act like it. I think of it like this. If I went out and did something dumb or rude, it might not be a big deal to me, but if one of my parents' friends saw it, it would actually be a reflection on our family name. And I'd be embarrassed. And God sees all. If I discriminate based on religion and only help others in my church, that's ridiculous. We're all brothers and sisters in God's eyes. Just today, I told a friend who is looking for a job to email me her resume so I could look at it, but better yet, she could go into my church to talk to the employment specialists. They are volunteers but are well connected and honestly help anyone in the area! (And if people are out of the area, there are employment specialists there. It's free and is a wonderful resource to anybody.) I live in Florida, so after a crazy hurricane, we packed out car with leather gloves, ice, waters, granola bars, and a chain saw we had actually just purchased for own yard, and went to work. I heard on the local news that the two biggest helpers were the Mormons and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We're actually both of those. It's the same thing :) We help with money, supplies, and man power whenever there is a need. It's the Christian thing to do. Show more Show less