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Hi I'm Taja

I'm a new wife and soon-to-be mom. I'm also a full time college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a tiny town in Idaho and I've lived in Idaho all my life. I have five older brothers. I worked on a farm, in mom and pop restaurants, and lots of other odd jobs growing up. My mom and dad worked hard as well to take care of us all. They taught me the Gospel and I will forever be grateful for their example of living a Christ-like life. My husband and I are raising our family while I finish up school and he works. We have a little one-year-old boy who keeps us busy and happy! He has brought so much joy into our home. I can't imagine how we lived without him now. I'm majoring in accounting and I'm looking forward to using that degree to help supplement my husband's income. It's tough going to school and being a mom at the same time, but we have been able to coordinate schedules and we've been able to be the ones caring for our son for the majority of the time. I really don't want to give up these precious first years, even for a cause as great as education. I believe Heavenly Father knows that and he has made it possible for us to make it work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was eight years old and every member of my family did the same. We've always been active members of the church. That doesn't mean I haven't had struggles with my testimony. At times, I've felt so alone, but it's the small and simple confirmations that I have a Savior who knows and loves me that always helps me to my feet again. I am a member of the church because learning about Jesus Christ and trying to live as He did gives me hope and happiness. Following his example gives me a purpose and listening to the prophets of his church blesses my life if I follow their counsel. It's true that I grew up in the church, but I am still given my agency. I choose my actions. I've learned through experience that my life is always fuller when I'm following the teachings I grew up with. I want that same happiness to last throughout my life and I want to share the Gospel through my example. That is why I strive to stand as a witness of God at all times, in all things, and in all places to this day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by visiting the temple with my husband as often as we can. In the temple, we do work by proxy for those who have passed away and can no longer perform sacred ordinances for themselves. The temple is a beautiful place that gives me a chance to escape the cares of the world and ponder on the beautiful Plan of Salvation that Heavenly Father has put in place to make it possible for all of us to return. None of us are perfect, but since our Savior, Jesus Christ, performed the atonement, we can repent of our sins and place our burdens on his shoulders. He was perfect, so we can rely on him. I also live my faith by attending church each week and accepting the callings that are given to me. I've worked as a teacher for young children in primary, a music coordinator for special musical numbers in church, and I volunteer my talents to play the piano for the congregation to sing hymns. I love being a part of the organization of the church because I see the blessings that come from it. I've made friends and seen the lives of others blessed.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Taja
Many people, myself included, have had a hard time with the fact that the church didn't give the official declaration stating every worthy male member could hold the priesthood until 1978. The same kind of discomfort came for me about the fact that polygamy wasn't always forbidden in the church. However, when you place these events in the world's history, it makes more sense. Members were being heavily persecuted and many did not survive being driven from state to state in the early years of the restored church. There were many widows, widowers, and fatherless children. One of polygamy's purposes wasn't sexual pleasure, but a way to take care of those who couldn't take care of themselves or their families. In that same sense, if we look at the way different races were discriminated against in history, it's hard to say how the church would have been treated in its early years had African Americans been ordained to the Priesthood. Remember that our Heavenly Father is no respecter of persons. He does not discriminate and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The circumstances on the earth do change, though, but no matter the inconsistencies of this world, Heavenly Father's works cannot be stopped or altered. In some way or another, He will accomplish his purposes. It's important that we know that this life is only a short span in eternity. Those who may not have been able to enjoy the blessings of holding the priesthood in this life will be able to in the life to come. Show more Show less