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Hi I'm Tiffany

I'm a 30-yr-old attorney with one law degree, two bar admissions, and four children. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved language. When I was a little girl, I would stay up late studying Greek and Latin with my dad, who is a linguist. I decided to become a Linguistics major when I was 12. In high school, I would write secret notes to my friend in Hebrew characters. I was the only non-native German speaker in my city to pass the AP German test during my senior year of high school. In college I was able to study abroad in Vienna, Austria and then spend a month in a village in Switzerland. During that time, I went on road-trips to Italy, London, Wales, France, and Germany. I wanted to use my love of language to help others in ways they could not help themselves, so I decided to go to law school. I had my first baby during my first year of law school. I brought him to class every day while he slept. I worked hard and excelled in my classes even after he was born and was able to graduate a semester early. Two months after graduating, I passed my first bar exam. A few months after that, I had our second baby. I had other meaningful experiences during law school including working as an extern for a federal judge and working for a law firm over the summer. My husband is also an attorney. We had our third baby during his first year of law school. I am now staying home with our children and doing a little legal research on the side. I look forward to going back to work, maybe for a non-profit organization, once our children are in school.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very happy Mormon home. I am the second of six children. My older brother is a businessman, I am a lawyer, my younger brother is in medical school, another younger brother is in college, another on a mission, and my younger sister is still in grade school. We all love each other very much. Now I have my own family--four beautiful children and a loving husband. I want to provide my children with a home as happy and loving as mine was. Although I was born into the church, I have my own testimony, and I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I know that because of the blessings of the temple I can be with my family forever. For me and my husband, it is not "until death do we part." Because we were sealed in the temple for time and all eternity, we will be together with our children forever if we live righteously. Families can be together forever! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he died for the sins of the world. It is through the power of His Atonement that we can repent of our sins and become clean again so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I know that I am a child of a Heavenly Father who loves me. I know that he, the Creator of us all, knows my name, knows me on a very personal level, and wants me to return to him. I am so grateful to be a member of his church on the earth and for the blessings and joy that his gospel brings me.

How I live my faith

My husband and I take our children to church every Sunday. Our children love it. They come home singing songs and asking questions about God and the purpose of life. We have had to move a lot for law school and summer internships, but everywhere we have gone, the church has been strong. We just moved again a couple of weeks ago because my husband will be working for a judge as a clerk for one year. There were people to help us move in and many people welcomed us. Somehow this worldwide church with millions of members is still a great big family. Each time I have had a baby, people have been there bringing us food and checking in on us. Anytime we have been very sick, we have had people there looking after us. We have felt very loved and included everywhere we have lived. I love the church. I love being a part of a worldwide family.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tiffany
Some people call Mormonism a cult because it is not one of the Christian religions that broke off from the Catholic or Protestant churches. People criticize things they do not know much about and things they do not understand by labeling them with terms like "cult." When people find out about the church and what the doctrines of our church are, they no longer label it as a cult. Our central beliefs are that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. When people begin to see and recognize what we really believe, their opinions of the Church usually change. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Tiffany
Mormon women are normal women. Many of the Mormon women I know are super-moms. I recently read a study that Mormon women are the second most educated religious group of women in the United States (behind Jewish women). I have a law degree. I have decided to stay home with our children. I work part-time from home doing legal research, but my primary job is to raise my children. I plan on going back to work once my children are older. Mormons believe that men and women should be equal partners. I have seen this to be true in most of the Mormons couples that I know. In my family, if anything, the women are more opinionated than the men. My great grandmother was the first female mayor of her city. She had a Master's Degree from Columbia. My husband and I are both attorneys. We make all of our decisions together after talking through the pros and cons of each decision. Both of us give advice to the other equally. We have a very strong marriage. We are best friends. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Tiffany
We go to church every Sunday. It is a public place of worship where Mormons and visitors alike can meet to pray, study the scriptures, take the sacrament, and continue to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The temple on the other hand, is the "House of the Lord." The primary purpose of the temple is to provide a dedicated place where sacred ordinances needed for eternal life can be performed. Because of its sacred nature, temple attendance is limited to Mormons who obey God's commandments and are worthy to enter. My husband and I also attend the temple, but it is more sacred and holy than the church. We were married in the temple. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Tiffany
The Relief Society is amazing. It is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. I love being a part of it! Women in the Church get to join the Relief Society when they turn 18-years-old. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. In Relief Society, we are grouped with another woman in a partnership for something called visiting teaching. We go with our partner to visit other women in the church each month to see how they are doing and give them a spiritual message. I have made very dear friends through this. I go each month to visit a couple of women, and two women come visit me each month and see how I am doing. Through the visiting teaching program, every woman in the entire worldwide church can be watched over. Your visiting teachers are pretty much the go-to women when you need help with something. Recently, my baby was in the hospital for a couple of weeks with some health problems. My visiting teacher called me every couple of days to check on me. She called the Relief Society Presidency who helped line up babysitting for my other two children while I was in the hospital. She brought me food and movies to my hospital room to cheer me up. The Relief Society also does service worldwide. It is an amazing organization, and I love being a part of it. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Tiffany
We believe that families can be together forever. Unlike other churches that teach that marriage is "until death do us part," we believe that the family unit may be together in the eternities. Through being sealed in the temple, and through living righteously, we can be together forever. I will be together with my husband and children in Heaven after this life. When a loved one passes on, we know that we will be reunited someday. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Tiffany
The purpose of Church welfare is to promote self-reliance and to care for and serve the poor and needy. Recipients of assistance are encouraged to work if they are able so they can be blessed and bless the lives of others. The assistance is there when people need it, but rather than just giving a hungry man a fish, the hungry man is also taught to fish. People are happiest when they are self-reliant. Show more Show less