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Hi I'm Tara Blanton

I am from South Carolina. My most important jobs are being a wife and mother of 3 children. I am also a nurse.

About Me

As I have said before, my most important job is being a wife and mother of 3 living children. Our second child was stillborn. She has proven to be a very influential person in my life as well as my other 3 children. They each teach me something different about myself and I adore how they are each such different personalities. My husband is my best friend. He helps make me strong when I feel weak and he helps make me calm when I feel anxious. I am also a nurse and will soon be a college student again as I seek to further my options in the healthcare field. Even though I stay home as much as possible, I enjoy working outside of the home also. I am a very social person and love inter-acting with all kinds of people.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was a convert when I was only about 4 years old. I was baptized when I was 8 but I was converted to the gospel when I was 13 years old. My mom and dad divorced when I was 6 and my mom was re-married in the temple for the first time when I was 13. I remember standing outside the temple waiting on her and my new step-father to come out. I remember seeing all the happy faces while I sat kinda scared and skeptical. And it was shortly after that when I decided that I wanted to know for myself if the church was true. I started reading the Book of Mormon and a biography of Joseph Smith. I would pray every night and ask if what I was reading was true. I remember very clearly the night that as I kneeled next to my bed the answer came to me as an overwhelming warmth and fullness in my heart. I felt very strongly that the Lord had heard my prayers and that the things I had been (and continued to) study were true. I have since never questioned if the church was true. I have had my faith tested but each time I only found peace for my tormented heart while on my knees or in the temple. I know that this church is true. I know that I have a loving father in heaven, who knows me and strengthens me. And I know that if I keep my faith and with the help of my Heavenly Father, I can become a stronger person through any trials or tribulations that may come my way. I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.

How I live my faith

Being am Mormon is different in South Carolina. There are not many of us around here. But being LDS has shaped who I am. From what I watch on tv all the way to what I wear. I try to show love for everyone, no matter what. I serve in the Young Women's organization at my church. I support my husband as he fullfills his duties in the church as well. We each have 3 families that we reach out to by phone, mail or a home visit each month. I offer my nursing skills for the Boy Scouts for their physical to go to scout camp while a doctor in my church donates his skills to complete their forms. I also have my contact information with the labor and delivery nurses station. I feel that my experience with having a stillborn baby may come as comfort to others that go thru the same thing as I try to help the grieving parents find ways to create memories with a child that they will not spend time with during their life on earth. I do not discuss religion with them. My only purpose is to offer suggestions that may bring them moments of peace and comfort during a very helpless time. These things may include letting the parents know that they can hold their baby as long as they need to or that they can bathe and clothe their child to prepare her for burial. I had a special friend come to my side during this time and I only want to give back the blessings that she gave to me by the small and simple things that will create the few memories I will have of my baby girl while on this earth.