What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Tanith

Im a South African transplant in Texas, married to a non-member and mom to the most amazing baby girl on the planet. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to the States when I was 12 and have been here ever since, I do however miss South Africa more than you can imagine and it'll always have a special place in my heart. I love the saying "I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as quick as I could", I TOTALLY identify with that. I'm a very creative person, give me something artsy to do and i'll fit right in, I don't get to put my skills to use much anymore unless it's in the shape of a coloring page or a ball of play dough. I made PLENTY of mistakes throughout my youth, but those things dont define me as a person now, they just helped me realize I was going the wrong direction. I met my best friend ( a non-member) when i was 13 in gym class and met her brother ( a non-member) right afterwards, just so happened he and I would marry 10 years later. I've always said you dont pick who you fall in love with and that rings so true for both of us. Being married to a non-member has presented some challenges (some that i've sometimes unfortunately failed) to my family and my faith but holding true to what I know has helped me become a better mother, wife and ultimately a better person. I'm a work in progress, and all i can do is try my best every day to strive to not make the same mistakes and live the gospel in a way that the Lord finds pleasing. The most important thing about me? Im a mother. That statement still amazes me when i say it, i'ts the most incredible thing in the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon. My grandmother was a convert and brought her 5 daughters into the church as well, most of my family on my mothers side is Mormon. I credit my grandmother for taking me to church almost every sunday when i was a child, i'm SO thankful for that! When my family moved to Texas we stopped going to church, not because it was difficult to get to or far away but because it was just easier not to. Pure laziness. That laziness eventually made it into the rest of my life. I became lazy in reading the scriptures, following the word of wisdom and just about every other aspect of the gospel. All the while through my youth, everytime i did something my Heavenly Father would be dissapointed in I knew it and lamented but never did anything to change it. As i grew older it became more and more apparent to me that i needed to change, not only for myself but also for my family. I needed to start following the words that I KNEW to be true. Almost two years after getting married i found out I was pregnant, that was the ultimate tipping point for me. I wanted my daughter, more than anything, to have the same opportunities to learn the gospel and live righteously that my grandmother had afforded me. I felt it was my DUTY to her to be an example and to show her what NOT to do. I'm Mormon because my WHOLE life i've felt the truth of the words, and from time to time I have felt the promptings of the spirit. Even when it seemed that all was lost i know that my Heavenly Father had not abandoned me. He sent me a promting, a gift, a child and that remined me of what was true and factual. Today I am not Mormon because I was born Mormon, I am a Mormon because I know the things I learned as a child are true. I am hopeful for my family that one day we can be sealed for eternity (my husband included), and I am confident that one day i will see my family again in heaven through the gospel ordinancesof the church. I may have made a slight detour, but I CHOSE to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in a way that the Lord would think is appropriate. No one is perfect, but we can try our best to work at it. The Momon church has no paid clergy so all those who serve are called upon to fullfill the positions, I serve in my church in our womens organization (Relief Society) as Secretary. I keep up with the attendance and help out where needed. I also take notes about our lesson each week and send out a weekly newsletter detailing what the lesson was about. Our newsletter includes birthdays, playgroups and announcements and is a great way for the women who cannot attend church for various reasons to keep in touch. Its also a great way for us to extend a branch to those who may feel lost or need help. It may not seem like much but for me I feel like im showing God that I am willing to work, I am willing to spread the word and i am willing to help others when needed. I try to serve in my community as well, as much as i can, because serving others brings us closer to the Lord. Besides all that i try to read my scriptures daily and teach my daughter love and compassion (among other lessons). Being a good example in word and deed makes people curious about you, it incourages questions and makes them open to discussing faith and beliefs.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tanith
A testimony is just a voice to what you believe. For instance my testimony is that i know the church is true, I know that the things in the Book of Mormon really happened. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to return to him. I believe that Jesus Christ willingly served so that we could learn and suffered for our sins so that we could return to our Father in Heaven as long as we repent of our sins and endure to the end. I also believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored on the earth today. A testimony is your belief and faith, something you learn through prayer and study. Sometimes its just through the feelings you receive over time. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Tanith
Relief Society is kind of like a support group for women 18 or older in the church. It's a group that helps strengthen the gospel in our homes by providing lessons on sunday that we may ponder and learn from but also provides litteral support to women through service. Our service does not necessarily stay confined to our members either, it can also reach out into the community if there is someone in need. It is a wonderful organization that i feel blessed to be a part of. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tanith
The answer is no. It is encouraged though, it can be a great time of spiritual growth and personal revelation. I've heard many a story about how richly a missionaries life has been blessed and they believe it has everything to do with going on a mission. Missionaries are not paid, and most times pay for their own missions, which shows you how strongly they feel about them. In the Bible in Matthew 28:19 it says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations”, thats sounds like a pretty straight forward command. The Lord wants us to learn everything we can about the gospel and then share it with everyone, so no its not required to go on a mission but it surely seems that it would be pleasing to God if we did. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Tanith
I hear this question so often, but really its more made as a statement. "You aren't a Christian, are you?", it never fails to make me a little sad. It happens to be a wonderful opportunity for me to share my testimony though! The definitition of Christianity is: The religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or its beliefs and practices. The begining of the word says it all CHRIST. The official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, if we weren't Christians surely we would pick some other name? With a resounding YES, i say i AM a Christian. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Tanith
I've had this one alot lately, it follows hand in hand with the "you aren't a christian, are you?" question. The easiest answer for this is, Jesus Christ is the son of God! He is the only perfect man who has ever walked this earth. We believe that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem to Mary and died for our sins years later so that each and every one of us may be saved. Jesus Christ is my, and every other "Mormon's", Lord and Savior. Show more Show less