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Hi I'm Tami Harris

I preach every Sunday in an Interfaith Service. I am a Pastoral Counselor, wife, mom and grandma. I'm a chaplain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the daughter of a Military Chaplain, I grew up all over the world, graduating from high school in the Philippines. My parents felt it was important for me to learn about the religions of our friends and neighbors so had me attend, Interfaith Worship Services, Catholic Vacation Bible School and Protestant Youth of the Chapel. In 1989 my dad who had retired from the military was now serving as chaplain in a residential treatment center. He was also dying of cancer. Dad asked if I would be willing to cover for him if he became too weak to preach to the students. At this time the treatment center hadn't yet found a replacement for him. As I had been a mentor of youth from my youth, and was very familiar with Youth Ministry I agreed to help. He died two days later. My father's death launched my chaplain career, and since that time, I have been serving with at risk teens in the residential treatment center setting.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up all of the world with a father who was a chaplain, gave me the opportunity to learn to love and appreciate world religions. I have found that there is much in common with these faiths and that of the Mormon Church. President Gordon B. Hinckley once said something along the line of "Bring us all your truth and let us add to it." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes truth wherever it is found. Yet within its doctrine is the restoration of the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Priesthood power, that same priesthood power spoken of in ancient scripture and given to Apostles in the Savior's day, has been restored in our day. That is so exciting! With the restoration we have also learned that HE LIVES! Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ lives and loves us. His atonement redeems us. Through His grace we are saved.

How I live my faith

I have twice been the Chair of the Utah County Ministerial Association and currently enjoy being on its board. It allows me to meet with religious leaders from a variety of faiths where we focus on our similarities and not our differences. Together we strive to ease the burden of those struggling in our community. Each year the Utah Valley Ministerial Association works together to join with people of faith all over the United States for the National Day of Prayer Service. Being the Co-Chair of the Utah County National Day of Prayer Service is such a blessing as people of faith from all denominations, come together to sing, pray, and be inspired by words of hope. Past speakers include Rabbi Benny Zippel of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, Elder Jeffrey R Holland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chaplain Linda Walton, Seventh Day Adventist. and Mona Hearn of the Bahai Community. As I preach and conduct an Interfaith Worship Service each Sunday morning, my responsibilities in my home congregation are flexible. I am a Family History Consultant where I help people of my congregation find information on their ancestors. I also teach the adult women's class in my church known as the Relief Society and briefly visit some of them in their home each month. This is known as Visiting Teaching. If there is a specific need, I am their first responder in times of sickness, despair and heartache.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Tami Harris
As the first female chaplain in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints what I do in my career could be seen as odd--even impossible for a faithful Mormon woman. However, I have always been supported by Church leaders. While I do not hold a priesthood office, I pray, speak, conduct and lead. I do this in my career as chaplain. I have also done this, after being called and receiving authority from Priesthood leaders do so, in responsibilities such as Relief Society President, Stake Relief Society Counselor, YW Counselor and Young Women President. Within the Mormon Church women can reach their full potential as wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, career women, community leaders, and leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Tami Harris
The correct name of the "Mormon Church" is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The term "Mormon" is a nickname based on a book of scripture, --The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This sacred record preaches, teaches and testifies of Christ. Jesus is our Redeemer, our King, Lord, and Savior. Mormon's "...talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26 in The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ.) Mormon's, like everyone one else, will fall short occasionally in living the Good News of Christianity. Life gets complicated and discouragement and heartache are real. However our daily goal as Mormons, as Christians, is to be more like Him. --A little nicer, a little kinder, a little more patient, loving, compassionate, and generous. Jesus the Christ, is our exemplar, our friend, our advocate with the Father. Yes. The Mormon Church is a Christian Church. Mormon's are Christian. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tami Harris
Mormon's worship Christ Jesus as the King of King and Lord of Lords. He is our Redeemer, Shepherd, Advocate and Friend. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are grateful to Joseph Smith the Prophet. Much like those from faith traditions who honor, revere, and appreciate ancient prophets such as Abraham or Moses --and their sacred contributions through obedience to God, we acknowledge and appreciate ancient as well as modern Prophets. Joseph Smith was the first of those modern Prophets. We are grateful for his humble prayer which opened the Heavens once again. Show more Show less