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Hi I'm Tara

I'm a mom, a radiology tech and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have the privilege of staying home with my little girl. It has always been my dream to be able to stay home with my kids. I graduated with my degree in Radiology in 2003. I worked several years after that while my husband finished his PhD. During this time we tried to have a baby, but with no luck. Once my husband finished school and had a job, we began seeing a fertility specialist to help me get pregnant. I still wasn't able to get pregnant, so after many prayers and fasting, we decided to look into adoption. It took us a few months to fill out all of the paperwork. Once we were approved, we waited a year before getting our sweet baby girl. She has been such a blessing in our lives, and I love being home with her everyday. She keeps me busy and I have learned so much from her. I love to take walks, read, knit, crochet and spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. My dad was born and raised in the church, but his dad was a convert to the church. My mom was a convert, baptized when she was 16 years old. She has been such an inspiration to me. I gained my testimony of the gospel through trials and experiences I've had throughout my life. When I was 15 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. By the time I was diagnosed with the disease, it was so severe that the only option I had left was surgery. This was the first real trial that helped strengthen my testimony. During this time, I learned that the Savior not only atoned for my sins, but also for my pains, sorrows, heartaches, and suffering. This gave me so much strength, knowing that my Savior Jesus Christ was aware of me, and that He knew exactly what I was going through, because he experienced it himself in the Garden of Gethsemane. Another trial that helped to strengthen my testimony was during the time we were trying to get pregnant. In the beginning I really struggled, I couldn't understand why all of my friends were getting pregnant but I wasn't. For over a year, I was very bitter. I tried to be happy for my friends when they would tell me that they were pregnant, but it was difficult. In the privacy of my home, I would cry and complain, not understanding why I had to go through this experience. In time, I realized that I couldn't get through this on my own, I had to rely on the strength of the Lord. I began praying for help, praying for peace and praying for understanding, so that I could truly be happy for others who were pregnant. I was amazed at how quickly the Lord blessed me and helped me. I began to feel that peace that I had prayed for. I was finally able to be truly happy for my friends and others around me who were pregnant. I knew in my heart that one day I too would be a mother. I learned to put my trust in the Lord, knowing that He is aware of me and has a plan for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the secretary for the Relief Society president. Relief Society is the organization for women within the church. We meet together as sisters/women for 50 minutes each Sunday. We also have activities each month that allow us to get together to visit, learn and grow spiritually. I also have the privilege of serving as a visiting teacher. We get paired up with another sister in the ward and we are assigned a number of sisters that we visit each month. During these visits we share a spiritual message that we receive each month in the church's magazine called the Ensign. We also ask those we teach if they are in need of any service or help. It is our responsibility and privilege as visiting teachers to watch over and care for the sisters we visit teach. I have had opportunities to fix meals, watch kids, give rides, and much more to sisters who have needed the help. I love being a visiting teacher and being a part of such a great organization that supports and cares for it's members.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Tara
We believe that the family is central to God's plan, and that families can be together forever. Families can be sealed in God's holy temples for eternity. Jesus gave to Peter the power to have things sealed on earth and sealed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). This sealing power was restored to the prophet Joseph Smith and is used in God's holy temples today. Because of this sealing power, we believe that our families will continue on even after death. The death of a loved one can be very devastating, but knowing that we will see that loved one again, that we can be with them again, gives us hope and peace. My husband and I had the privilege of taking our daughter, who we adopted, to the temple to have her sealed to us. It was one of the best days of my life, and I was filled with so much joy! I amso grateful to know that my family is eternal. Show more Show less