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Hi I'm Autumn Tarbet

I'm a Mormon. I am 35 years old. I have five young children.

About Me

I am a happy stay at home mom. I am 35 years old and I have five children. Three girls and two boys. Their ages range from 1 month to 9 years old. I served a mission for our church in Germany. I got my degree in dental hygiene, but I am currently not working. Our living prophet and apostles encourage us to get an education so I did. I stay home and raise my children, but I am grateful for the peace of mind an education brings if an emergency were to arise. With the little spare time I have I love to jog or play the piano. I usually spend most of my time with my family. We enjoy bike riding, going to parks, playing board games, and attending church activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a faithful mormon family. I grew up attending church every Sunday. I don't think I ever doubted that it wasn't true. I always felt good at church and I knew that there was a God. The only thing I ever doubted was my ability to understand the scriptures. I felt good when I read them, but I did not understand them. It took years of reading them out of obedience to finally understand them. In college I took an institute class on the Book of Mormon. With the help of this class the scriptures were opened up to me into a new light. After this class, I could go out into the world with confidence that I knew the scriptures were true and that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I also knew the Bible to be the word of God. I am so grateful for this knowledge. Because of it I am not misleaded by the influences of the world. I know who I am, why I am here, and what I need to do to return to live with my Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I don't believe I could live without my faith. It has helped me to become who I am today. I know this life is a test and I am here to gain knowledge and prove to God that I will do all that he asks of me. In return I have been blessed ten fold. Every time we keep a commandment the Lord is quick to bless us. For example, we read in the scriptures every night as a family. I knew this would bless us spiritually, but I did not realize how it would bless my children temporally too. Their reading abilities have flourished because of daily scripture reading. The more I learn about God's plan and the more I fully live it the happier I am. Sometimes it may seem like a great sacrifice to give up some of our wordly ambitions to do his will, but once you take the leap of faith and do it you will have no regrets. I know God lives. We are his children. We are special to him and can do great things with his guidance. I want everyone to know this and to experience the joy the gospel of Jesus Christ can offer them.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Autumn Tarbet
For all 35 years of my life as a Mormon I have never been discouraged with the fact that I do not hold the priesthood. I truly believe God meant for it to be this way. The priesthood was designed for men to serve others. It is never used to gain power, but to serve. I have seen how it has strengthened my husband to be a better father and to be humble and compassionate. Too often people believe it is a power thing and that we should all have equal rights to it. That is not so. In fact we believe if men use it in such a manner they will not have God's power to use it. In the church women are treated with great respect and not looked upon as less because they do not hold the priesthood. In fact often the prophet and apostles speak about how great their wives are and that they would be nothing without them. As a women I feel it is a honor to have a priesthood holder in our home and I feel it is my duty to always help him live worthy to have it with him. Show more Show less