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Hi I'm Tara

I'm a mother of four. I help improve the lives of first-time, low-resource mothers and their babies. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college and graduate school to get my Master's degree in instructional technology and design. Now I have a career I love developing adult education. I work for a non-profit that supports young mothers to learn better parenting and life management skills and I'm proud of the work I do. I'm also a mother. I have four young children who fill my life with love, laughter and yes, the frustration that comes with raising four children under the age of 8! My husband and I enjoy taking family road trips to see family and friends. I love to read, and my Kindle is one of my most prized possessions. I also spend a fair amount of time watching Nickelodeon and Disney Channel - though that's not always by my own choice!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon first of all because that's how I was raised. I grew up a member of the church and it's what I've always known. As often happens to young people, I turned away from the church for a time when I went away to college. For me, it was never that I had doubts about whether the church was true, it was simply that I became apathetic and not willing to spend my time on things related to church. After a couple of years, I realized that I missed the presence of the church in my life. I still believed, but without attending church, it just wasn't the same. I found my local ward and started attending again. When I returned to church, I felt the warm spirit of the gospel fill my heart. It made me feel so good, and I don't ever want to lose that again. Eventually I met my husband and we were married in the temple. Now we are raising our children the way we were raised. Being at church and part of the church makes me a happier, more fulfilled person. It helps me to be a better person, a better co-worker, a better mother, a better wife.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings (volunteer positions) in the church. My favorite are the music callings. I have been a pianist, a choir director, a chorister for the congregation, a chorister for the children (my favorite!) I love to sing the hymns and children's songs - whether at church or around the house. I especially love to sing the songs with my children and hear their little voices singing along - even when they don't know the words and decide to make up their own. Currently I serve as an employment specialist. In this position, I am able to help members who are unemployed or underemployed to find work to support themselves and/or their families. It is incredibly satistfying to be able to help someone in this way. I could never have imagined the joy I would feel upon learning that someone I was working with had gotten a job.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I'll be honest... Mormon church services are a little loud! There are a lot of children in a typical Mormon congregation, and with a lot of children tends to come noise. In our church services, we have a service called sacrament meeting. This is the session for the whole family to attend together. Members of the congregation are asked to speak each week on a topic assigned by the leaders. We take the sacrament - bread and water blessed by the priesthood. We sing hymns. And through it all, the children make some noise. I have small children who try to sit still and be quiet, but it's hard for them. We persevere, because how will they learn how to listen reverently if they don't have opportunity to practice? I want to learn and feel the Holy Spirit during Sacrament Meeting - and I want my children and other children in the congregation to have that opportunity as well. So though it can sometimes be a little loud, it's somehow a reverent noise. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

If you're interested in learning more about the church, the missionaries are available to teach. If you have friends who belong to the LDS church, I can almost guarantee that they would be glad to meet the missionaries with you if it makes you more comfortable. The missionaries will have a series of discussions with you to talk about the principles and doctrines of our church. It's not a lecture, it's truly a discussion where you can ask questions about the things you want to know. You will get a copy of the Book of Mormon. The missionaries will ask you to read it and to pray about the Book of Mormon and the things you've learned about the church. In the end, that's what helps you make a decision about joining the church. If you sincerely pray and feel that the church is true, you can be baptized. Our church practices baptism by immersion - meaning you are completely immersed in the water. You stand in the water; a prayer is said; you are lowered into the water; and you rise back out of the water. All of this is beautiful symbolism for death and resurrection. After baptism, another special blessing is pronounced upon your head to allow you to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can be a comfort and a guide for the rest of your life. The presence of the Holy Ghost in your life is a very special gift. Show more Show less