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Hi I'm Tawny

I'm a Mormon. I am a business owner and proud mother.

About Me

 I am a music and book lover. I came out of the womb singing and will probably leave this world in a nursing home singing. Church music is one of the things I enjoy most about our services. I love to read and to sit on the porch swing enjoying the quiet. I have 2 wonderful girls who have made me realize that being a mom is not only a precious gift but a giant responsibility spiritually. The Lord entrusted these two to my care to love and nurture and the enormity of it gets to me sometimes. I am very happily married with three stepchildren aside from my two that are biological, but they grew up in another state with their mom. If you are a step parent you may know that it is a thankless job sometimes. We are having a hard time with one of our children but I believe I have heard that if it weren't for the trying times we wouldn't appreciate the good times. I guess the Lord is extending this trying time so that I can really enjoy retirement? I have learned that it can be nice to be a friend to the older kids and not a parent, since they already have two of those.

Why I am a Mormon

 I never thought I would be a mormon. I grew up in a high school that had quite a few members and they went to Seminary across the street from our school. I grew up thinking they worshipped Joseph Smith and secretly the adult male members had several wives. Am I ever glad that I have proved both of those things wrong! I started dating my husband who is a member and the first thing I told him when I found out he was a member was not to bother trying to convert me, I would never be a mormon. He just said ok and kept inviting missionaries over to our house. I went through 14 sets of missionaries at our house, and when I finally consented to at least take the discussions, I started lambasting the missionaries with questions about things I didn't understand. What's the deal with several levels of heaven, why do only men have the priesthood, why do you worship Joseph Smith? I was being fed these questions by a very adamant non believer at work who kept hounding me that "those mormons" didn't know what they were talking about. Finally, when I started the discussions because my husband was out of town and I wanted to explore the idea on my own, I exasperated the missionaries with my questions. Finally one of them got very frustrated with me and said, "If you would just shut up a minute about all of these doctrines that are so advanced you probably wouldn't even understand the answers if I explained them and if you would start at the beginning and learn from there, you will see that there are many logical answers to your questions." He told me to pray about it. Now, I have prayed my whole life but my parents never took me to church. I learned that God existed from an early childhood friend and decided that I would talk to him without others knowing to ask for help. Back then I never thanked the Lord for the blessings he gave like I do now, I just knew that I had someone who would listen to me. Back to the story, so , I went home to my empty house that night and sat on the living room floor with one lamp on. I wasn't exactly sure what I was supposed to say so I just jumped in, "Lord, I am here to ask you if this church is the right one and if I should join. I am very confused and don't understand how you could give me a sign, but could you make it pretty obvious so I know it's a sign." And I sat there, and sat there, and sat there. After about five minutes I was about to give up when I started feeling a tingling in my feet. I started to get really warm and the feeling went through my whole body, clear up to my head. It lasted about 2 minutes and then faded away. I sat there stunned. I wasn't sure what was going on. I prayed again, "Lord was that a sign? If it was could you do it again so I know it was a sign?" I sat there for another five minutes or so, but nothing happened. Heavenly Father probably doesn't appreciate my asking for another sign after he just gave me a very obvious one! I got up and thought, ok, I am going to shut up and start from the beginning and see how far it goes. I have now been a member of the church for 14 years and I learn more and more every day. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and the many things they have done and continue to do for us. I have had many prayers answered since then, and many prayers have been rightly ignored, and I now have a relationship with my Lord that lets me ask for guidance on everything in my life. I am still stubborn in that I think he gave me a brain for a reason and that I should be able to do things on my own. But I seem to take an easier and better path when I involve him in my decisions and let what he thinks be the right way to guide me in what I do.

How I live my faith

 I am being challenged every day in the calling I am in. I am called on a lot to extend aid to members and non members in need, to keep track of the Sisters in our branch and try to provide a strong, stable base for our ladies to grow on. Although I am the first to admit that I have a lot to learn about selflessness and learning to put others first, I have come a long way since joining. The feeling you get when you help someone who needs it, is amazing. I ask Heavenly Father for help in understanding others and getting past my own judgemental ways, and he is helping me to see that we are serving our Lord when we are serving our fellow man. Praying each day, studying the scriptures, and having other strong mambers to watch and follow, are important in helping us to live and breathe our faith each day.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tawny
 I have to say that this was one thing I didn't get for awhile when I first joined. Baptizing dead people sounded pretty gross and cult-y to me. I learned later that we were not actually baptizing the dead bodies, that though everyone must be baptized to receive the glory of heaven and that there are many people on this earth who were not given the opportunity to learn about the gospel, baptisms for the dead is an ordinance that is performed by a proxy, or a living member of the church, for someone who died without the chance to be baptized here on earth. I learned that the person does not have to accept the baptism when they are in heaven, that they are given a choice to accept what has been done for them. Nothing in our religion is forced on you. We all have our own agency, or choices, to make and accepting this gift when you are in heaven is still your choice.  Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Tawny
Joseph Smith was a very special person that the Lord chose to translate the continuation of the scriptures, and then to forge ahead and start this true church. Many people think, as I did in the beginning, that we worship Joseph Smith like we worship Jesus Christ. We do not "worship" Joseph Smith. Although he was a great man and a true prophet of the church, he followed the teachings of Heavenly Father and Jesus just as we do. Joseph Smith is a very respected and revered prophet, and is dear to most members for the miraculous work he has brought to us. But he was a man that Heavenly Father used to bring about his church, not a substitute for Jesus or Heavenly Father. Show more Show less