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Hi I'm Tarlton

I'm from Arizona. I love learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have many interests including reading, racquetball, music, physics, spanish, and writing. I'm currently going to college to pursue a career in physics. Being the 5th of 8 children, my childhood was exciting and full of fond memories. I have many good friends, and we try to stay in contact even though many of us live really spread out now. I'm try to compose music and am working on a book of my own in my spare time. I'm very competitive in all I do, and love a good challenge. My family is very important to me. I enjoy spending time with them, visiting when I can. I feel grateful for all my parents have done for me, and have taught me throughout my life. I'm also grateful for my siblings, and extended family, for the examples they've been, for who they are, and for all the good memories we share. With friends we've invented complex games, made music, brainstormed ideas for writing, went running painfully early in the summers, go paintballing, and would even roof, paint, and work at each others' houses to help each other out. I'm always trying to learn something new, and grow as a person.

Why I am a Mormon

I am happy to be a Mormon for many reasons. I love to know that God lives, loves me, and has a plan for me. I also am grateful to know that my family and I can be together even after this life. I have felt very protected from many harmful habits that I might not have avoided had it not been for my faith. Most of all, I'm grateful to be always learning more about my Savior and my relationship with Him. I know that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior and the Redeemer of the World. I'm grateful to know that I can be forgiven as I seek to follow him sincerely. I'm also a Mormon because I have prayed consitently and sincerely to know if Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God, and if the church of God has been restored to the earth again. As I read the Book of Mormon, and prayed with a humble and sincere heart, I've come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true, and has brought me closer to my Savior. I have also felt the peace from the Holy Ghost regarding Joseph Smith and his calling as a prophet. I would like to share some specific blessings I've received from being a Mormon. One is that as I live my faith, my family relationships have improved greatly. As a family we are very close. Another blessing has been to know my own standards, and to not allow peer pressure or others to influence in doing things that I knew to be wrong. Also, my faith gives me great hope for the future, and I know that although we, and/or our loved ones, might go through some really tough times, that life has meaning, and that we're here for a definite purpose. I see that God does help us in our trials, and does care about us. I'm so thankful he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, for me, that I might have the chance to accept him in this life. I hope to live a life worthy of my Savior. I know if I do, I will find true happiness, and will give my family the best thing I possibly can.

How I live my faith

I have the responsibility in my ward to oversee all the music, so I pick the songs that we sing in advance, and arrange for special musical numbers from the congregation. I also help coordinate the ward choir, which also consists of members like me from the congregation. It is neat to see other members like me sharing their talents and contribute to the meetings. I also visit some families in my city to see how they are doing, and we usually share a short message with them. I also try to help out in service projects and volunteer where I can. Reading the scriptures is important to me, and I enjoy listening to talks from church leaders. I try to be a good example by not swearing, using crude humor, or putting others down. I love to see others make progress in their lives and it's neat to have friends where we mutually help and support each other in good ways. When people ask me about my faith, I like to tell them about it, and how it has helped me in my life. Sometimes they have questions, and I'm able to help them understand a bit more of what we believe and why we do the things we do. I try to follow God with a good attitude, and willingly, and I've found that the more I do, the happier I am, and the more I'm able to help others. I try to do what I know is right, and always build others up. I also try to forgive others, and have seen that this has helped me feel better about myself, and see others as children of God. I'm grateful for my Savior, and try to live with gratitude for all I have. Attending church has helped me focus on the teachings Christ taught, and has helped me during all kinds of different concerns and circumstances. I know that these things are true, and have been nothing but a blessing to me and my family, and have been worth every sacrifice I might have made to have them in my life.