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Hi I'm Tris

I am a relatively new member of the Mormon Church (1 + years). You might say I am a late bloomer.

About Me

I like to learn, laugh and spend time with family and friends. I'm a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and nurse. My children are young adults, but I’m still trying to keep up with my husband and dogs. The most important part of this follows:

Why I am a Mormon

Over the last twenty years our family has lived among many Mormon families. Our children started out playing on soccer teams with them. I always felt their kindness, love of life and reverence for God. My family has experienced their generosity of spirit and unfaltering faith. I watched as many a talented Mormon youth gave up playing a sport on Sunday, because it was the Sabbath, a day of rest and a family day. One of our sons was invited by a friend to Mormon young adult singles activities when he was in his early twenties. As I met his new friends and saw the way they conducted themselves, how fun loving and kind hearted they were, I was reassured of the goodness of the church. There was always something on the agenda from spiritual growth, outreach, to group sports. Creative thinking was encouraged. After two to three years of much participation in the church, he chose to be baptized. I felt this was not a loss but a gain for him. After his conversion, I took more time to learn about the church. I began watching General Conference, which is when church leaders present bi-annual talks to the worldwide congregation. I listened to the messages carefully and realized that what was being said could be valuable to anyone living in this day and age. I began reading the Book of Mormon and other literature provided by missionaries. I would read, ponder a few days and see how the material set with me. I would also read the Bible and found repeatedly that the Bible wasn’t disputing what I had read – that in fact, the Book of Mormon reiterated much of the Bible and further explained verses that were somewhat vague in the Bible. The missionaries helped to explain points of doctrine and were open to answering many questions. They inspired me to stretch myself and my faith. Eventually, I joined the church. As I continue to learn and ponder and listen to my heart and soul, I am comforted that this was a good choice.

How I live my faith

There are opportunities to serve members of our congregation and the community . As a visiting teacher (almost all women have this assignment), I visit three other women in the congregation monthly with another sister. We check in to see if a sister has a need, and we also share an uplifting message. We learn from each other. These are relatively short visits that also enable us to widen our breadth of friendships in the church. I also enjoy helping at church sponsored community events and with other church community organizations.