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Hi I'm Tiffany

I'm a wife, mother, and a photographer. I'm a mormon

About Me

I grew up in the Northwest and moved to Colorado about 3 years ago shortly after my husband and I were married. I studied photography in college, and run a portrait photography business on the side. I am soon to be a mother of a baby girl. Growing up in the Northwest, some of my favorite hobbies are water sports (water skiing, wake boarding, etc). We also spent our winters snowmobiling. I also love to read fiction novels and book series. I love to go back home and visit my family in the Northwest. I come from a blended family. I have two siblings from my parents marriage, an older brother and little sister. My dad is remarried and has two children, giving me two half brothers. There is a fairly significant age gap since the oldest was born my first year of college. I refer to them as my brothers rather than my "half" brothers. It's not like I "half" love them! My mom was remarried, but is not anymore. I have a wonderful husband. He is my best friend and we spend most of our time together when we are not working.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the only person in my immediate family who is still practicing. I am not a member because of my parents, or family tradition. I believe because I know in my soul and in my heart that this is Jesus Christ's church. I have had some hard things happen to me because of the decisions my parents made when I was a child. While I was not converted by missionaries to join the church, I do feel there were quite a few crossroads in my life where I could have walked away, but I never wanted to. When I would go to church, I always felt happier and closer to God. When I would miss church, I would notice that I wasn't as happy. I also began to notice things in my high school years about my peers. I never went to parties, I have never drank or smoked, and I lived a chaste life. Sometimes I would feel left out, or I would feel different than everyone else. For some reason, I always had this innate ability to know the difference between right and wrong. Looking back on those years, I am so grateful for the standards I learned as I attended church. I avoided many pitfalls that youth fall into. I had several big moments through my teenage years where I came to know without a doubt that the mormon faith, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was the only church on the earth that had all the original doctrine from Jesus Christ's original ministry. Joseph Smith said a prayer to know which church to join, and I know his prayer was answered. I have felt a confirming witness over and over. I know The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is a true translation from ancient records of the people who lived in the Americas. I believe the Bible to be the word of God. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ personally know who I am, love me as a child of God, answer my prayers, and guide my life as I seek to live in harmony with their teachings. I know I would not have true happiness without the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday with my husband. No member of our congregation is paid for his or her responsibilities, including our Bishop (known in some faiths as a minister, or preacher). The responsibilities in our congregations are assignments from God, communicated through specific leaders. All assignments are for brief periods of time, including our leaders. During Sunday worship, 2-3 adult speakers address the congregation along with a youth speaker. I have had the opportunity to address the congregation on several occasions throughout my life. I love that we all speak. We all have different life experiences and different things to share. We all understand the Gospel in different ways, and benefit from the diversity of our Sunday meetings. For my specific assignments, I have had the opportunity to be a teacher to the children. My first assignment right out of high school was to teach the 6-7 year old class. When I was in college, I served in an organization for women, planning events for everyone to participate in. My first assignment as a married woman was with the toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years. We would play with them, sing simple songs that taught them things about God and Jesus Christ, and have a short lesson about simple Gospel principles. It was amazing to see how much these small children knew! I served again in the women's organization planning events for about a year. I am now working with the 8-11 year old girls. They have specific goals that are given to them to read their scriptures, pray on their own, serve others, develop talents, and develop their faith. We meet two times a month in the evenings for about an hour and do things to pass off their goals. Last week we decorated cupcakes and made cards for them to give to someone who needed their spirits lifted. One of our activities for next month is to discuss nutrition and have them plan a nutritious meal. We have about 15 girls, it's quite a fun group when we're all together!