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Hi I'm Tiffny

I'm pretty normal, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At first glace I am what you might consider your typical Mormon friend. Happily married with three kids, stay-at-home mom, domestic godess in training, lifelong member of the church. Although I've spent many years of my life in a cubical, and even in front of auditoriums filled with people, I now fill my days with feeding, cleaning, teaching and playing with my family. I have struggled with the transition from working woman to working woman in the home. I struggle with how to raise kind children, how to find time to spend with just my husband, and how to walk through the house without stepping on a toy. In my career before kids I focused on making the world a better place, working with non-profit organizaitons and foundations to bring about positive social change. Now I work toward that same change in a much smaller sphere. Sometimes I'm frustrated, thinking I can do more. But then I remember that while it may seem I am doing unimportant things, I am doing them for the most important reasons. And I find so much joy in those reasons.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because being baptized felt like the right thing to do when I was eight. I've stuck with it ever since because there's not one component that, when put to the test, has failed me. I have complete faith in Jesus Christ and in the Atonement. And I take comfort in an eternal timeline where learning continues beyond this life, and where we will be resurected and reunited with those we love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by questioning. I question the media, motives of government and coorporations, and whoever decided skinny jeans were "in." I have questioned every doctorine of the gospel. I have questioned the validity of the ancient scriptures and the modern prophets. I have questioned new or changed guidelines of the Church. Afterall, Joseph Smith restored the true and correct Gospel to the earth by asking questions. It is through questioning that we receive revelation. I live my faith by serving others. Within the organization of the Church, I've had assignments to work with all ages of children. I've given talks in church meetings and taught Sunday School lessons. I have also spent hours serving food to those in need, pulling weeds at city parks, cleaning my town, packing supplies for disaster relief, organizing fundraising events, reading to children, and so much more. I find true satisfaction in spending my time with people in my community, working toward a common goal. I live my faith by being friendly, remembering that everyone is equal in the eyes of God. I love meeting people and hearing their stories. I'm not very good at it, but since having twins I've found them to be an excellent source for starting conversations. I've met so many people on the street of our little town as I manuever my double stroller to and from the park. Each person has reminded me in our brief encounter that there is so much to learn and so many perspectives in this world, none less important than another.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Tiffny
A few interesting facts about our understanding of heaven: Heaven doesn't immediately follow death. Rather we spend time in a spiritual world continuing to learn before our final judgement. We will be literally resurrected (our eternal spirit will join with a body that is recognizable as our own, unique body). God wants us all to succeed and takes no pleasure in condemning people to hell. We will interact with others including our extended family in the afterlife. We will continue to learn throughout all eternity. There will be work. It will not be an eternity of complete leisure. There are different variations of heaven, determined by personal choices made both during and after this life. Every person will be completely happy and satisfied, otherwise it wouldn't be heaven! Knowing there is a part of us that never dies comforts and empowers me in my daily life. Show more Show less

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?

Tiffny
While the priesthood is a gift to bless the whole world, it is delivered through worthy men. Why? Well there's not a strainght answer, and surely not a good enough answer to relieve the doubts of some people. As a woman and moderate feminist I firmly believe women will never be asked to hold the priesthood of God. And I'm OK with this. In the history of the earth, the priesthood has always been restricted to a specific group of men who fulfilled the qualifications of the time. In this "last dispensation" as it is called in the scriptures, we are fortunate to have the priesthood available to all worthy men. It is more widespread now than it ever has been. All around us a person with authority is also the person in-charge and therefore given importance over others. Some people see the priesthood through the eyes of the world, and believe men have more potential for greatness and glamour in the Kingdom of God. This simply isn't the case. The status given to men serving in church positions is misplaced and applied by those who do not understand the true meaning of service. I am a leader in the Church through standing for truth at all times and in all places. I'm willing to teach and participate at a moment's notice. The most influential leader isn't hired or even assigned. True leaders in God's Kingdom are any righteous follower willing to speak up and lend a hand on behalf of their Savior. Show more Show less