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Hi I'm Taryn

I love logic, travel, and languages, I love my family, and I love that I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to travel and I love to learn. In High School I spent a semester in Ireland, and haven't stopped traveling since. I speak Spanish, and Russian, and have studied Latin, Japanese, and French. I can even sing the first line of the Irish National Anthem in Gaelic, but I can't tell you what it means! I've been to 20 foreign countries, including my 18-month mission to Russia. I took a break between travels to earn a B.A., I double majored in International Studies and Philosophy (I LOVE logic!). Then I gained a traveling companion by marrying my best friend, and we moved to Chile. After 7 months, we felt like we needed to move back home to Colorado, so we came back, bought and had fun fixing up a house, and were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. He's been our most exciting adventure yet, and we look forward to more adventures to come.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church during college, so I have been a Mormon since before I can remember. Why I've remained a Mormon is another story. Throughout my life, my conviction and testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has been tested over and over. Simply put, when I live according to the commandments of God, I am happy, and when I don't, I'm not. Through trials, tragedies, and travels, I have had to closely examine my faith and the principles in which I have chosen to invest it. One reason I am a Mormon is that the teachings of the church make logical sense. In my college philosophy classes, I was bombarded by arguments against the existence of God, and Mormonism, or the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, blew all the arguments out of the water. But the more important reason that I am a Mormon, is that I have taken the challenges issued in the Bible and the Book of Mormon to exercise and experiment on my faith, and have asked God whether or not this is His true church (who better to ask than God himself about this sort of thing). I know that it is. I know that God lives, that He knows and loves me, and that He restored all of the pure truths of His gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that I can be happy, not just sometime after this life, but right here, right now, even when sad things happen, I can find peace and feel real, true happiness.

How I live my faith

I am a certified English as a Foreign Language teacher, so I teach a weekly English class which is free and open to the community. I am also a visit teacher, and a ward missionary for the Spanish-speaking group. Outside of my church assignments, I live my faith by doing my best to be a good friend, sister, daughter, wife and mom.