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Hi I'm Tess

I'm a wife and mother that loves making people laugh. I love to travel, go hiking, and spend time with family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated college with an English degree in 2008 and a few weeks later, I married my best friend. We still live the college life as he is in graduate school. We welcomed a little girl into our family last year and she brings us so much happiness! We own a business scanning 35 mm slides and enjoy all things photography. My favorite things to do include hiking and enjoying the outdoors, watching Pixar movies, making homemade pizza, and playing games (anything from card games to Nintendo to freeze tag). I'm a proud aunt and love spending time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

My favorite thing about being a Mormon is the emphasis on strengthening the family. The family is under attack more and more and I feel strongly that the good of society relies on families succeeding. The gospel provides an anchor in my life of good values that aren't shifted with the ideas of men, and it also gives me an eternal perspective when things get tough. I was raised as a member of the church and have had several spiritual confirmations that this is Christ's church on the earth. Serving as a missionary and teaching others about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ really was enlightening and showed me how much I have been blessed throughout the course of my life purely by trying to be obedient to God's commandments. Without a doubt, every good thing in my life is connected to being a member of the church. I have certainly had trials and hardships and I'm far from perfect, but I know that Heavenly Father loves me and cares about me and my happiness. There is only one way to return back to Him and have eternal life and that is through our Savior Jesus Christ. This is the good news of the gospel!

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church is much more than just attending Sunday services. It's my entire lifestyle. I find myself being more open to talking to strangers and being friendly because I know that we are all children of our heavenly parents. Others' kindnesses have helped me have a better day and I hope to pay it forward. I have a constant prayer in my heart that I can be a good wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. I think about the Savior and study about his life and teachings and try to implement them into my life. The organization of the church is truly divine. There is no paid clergy, so we all work together to serve each other. I have been asked to serve in many different capacities that have helped me to grow and develop. Being asked to teach has given me choice opportunities to study a topic more fully and then to learn from others' comments and ideas. Most recently, I helped the women in my area plan enriching activities to strengthen their homes and families and to serve the community.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Having temples is a sign that the Lord's church has been restored to the earth. This is one of the biggest witnesses to me that this is the true church on the earth today. It does not make sense that someone who doesn't know anything of Jesus Christ nor have an opportunity to learn about him would be judged the same as someone who did know of Christ. Doing work for the dead gives all of God's children the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ or not. Temples are the place where saving ordinances are performed for ourselves and for those that have died that have not already received these ordinances. Because temples are the house of the Lord here on the earth, they are holy places. To remain sacred, those that enter must be clean and worthy to do so. Baptized members of the church that have been interviewed about certain aspects of their testimony and their commitment to the gospel can go inside the temple and perform this work. I was married in the temple 3 years ago by a priesthood holder that has the keys to bind my marriage on earth and in heaven. My husband and I made promises to each other and to the Lord that we try to keep throughout this life in the hopes that our marriage will last beyond just this lifetime. We want to be together forever! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

There was only one perfect person that lived on the earth and that was our Savior Jesus Christ. People are far from perfect and may forget the vision of the church, but we should be loving towards all of our fellowmen, not just those that are members of the church. "Love one another" is the great commandment and one of the great challenges of life. Regardless of others' backgrounds or differences, we are to be charitable towards each other. Show more Show less