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Hi I'm Tara

A CO native living in TX, I enjoy spending time with my husband and maintaining landscapes in the Dallas area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full time as a Garden Manager (landscape maintenance manager for residential gardens) in Dallas, Texas, and enjoy vegging on the weekends with my husband, dog and cat. I am not a native to Texas, and while this state has many positive attributes, I am excited for the day when I return to live in a state with mountains! (think Colorado, Washington). I enjoy watercolor painting, watching movies, reading and skiing. Spiders scare me a lot, so I feel grateful to have above mentioned person and animals to help protect me from any and all spider "attacks." Working hard to complete goals is a principle I find truthful in my life. A few years ago I trained and completed a half marathon. I found this to be one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever had! More recently I graduated college and started a full time job that has stretched my capabilities and talents in so many ways. I feel that I have been successful through dedication to the tasks, and a reliance on the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

Born and raised in the Mormon faith, I find myself still living the gospel today because I know there is joy and peace found in following the gospel standards. My experiences in obeying the teachings my parents and Sunday School teachers spoke of has proven to bring the promised happiness and testified truth. Each opportunity, mistake, and life lesson has come to assure me that God and His Son, Jesus Christ, live. The grace and mercy of our Savior allows me to repent when I feel less than adequate or make mistakes on any level, and comforts me when I need help. Through Him I receive comfort when I'm distraught over the passing of a family dog, or feeling lousy because I judge myself as inadequate compared to others. I find that the Atonement of Jesus Christ brings peace to my soul as it quails the mishaps in life that I cross. The gift of the Holy Ghost is a special witness to me of the love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me and each person on the earth. I find no alternative religion can substitute for the absolute truth that is found in the modern revelations and covenants of this church. I am a Mormon because I would not progress as quickly, nor be able to return to my Father in Heaven forever without the covenants and teachings found in this, His, church.

How I live my faith

Scripture Study: Each day I strive to read my scriptures. My husband and I are working through the Book of Mormon together separately, with a goal to finish by the end of this year. Prayer: Along with this, I integrate prayer into each day. A morning and evening prayer are essential parts of my day, with many heart-said prayers throughout the day when I encounter challenges, feel especially grateful, or simply remember to pray to God. Church Callings and Weekly Attendance: I attend three hours of church each Sunday where I renew sacred covenants through the Sacrament, am taught in a Sunday school setting, and meet with other women to strengthen and renew my faith. I have a visiting teaching calling with the opportunity to serve fellow women in my church with an assigned female companion. This opportunity creates new friendships, gives opportunities to serve those who need help, and allows the light of Christ in me to stretch and grow. I also currently serve as a counselor in our ward's Relief Society organization. Some of the other callings I have served in include a ward missionary (where myself and others helped to fellowship new converts, inactive members, or even friends so that they might feel welcome at meetings and activities), visiting teaching supervisor, a coordinator, and the list continues to grow. Temple Worship: This is possibly the best part. Being an active member of the church has allowed me to visit and enter the House of the Lord. The temple is a place of peace and beauty; strength and power - frequent attendance strengthens my faith and bolsters me through the challenges I face weekly. I love the temple!