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Hi I'm Talia

I grew up on a farm and ranch in Idaho. I'm still a country girl, happily married with three children.

About Me

I was born and raised on a farm and ranch in one of the most beautiful places in the Western United States. I had a dream childhood of riding horses across green pastures and sagebrush covered hills and playing with siblings on a secluded homestead at the edge of the forest line. I've always loved the outdoors, animals, and hardwork, but my true passion has always been, horses! I rodeoed in my youth and found much success and satisfaction in training and competing on my own horses. I was lucky enough to qualify for the High School Rodeo National Finals and won thrid place one my homegrown ranch horse in one of my favorite events, pole bending. Although my dream of being a professional horse trainer has been put on hold due to life circumstances, I have never abandoned it, just postponed it. I am the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and one amazing little boy! I have a wonderful husband who shares my enthusiasm of the outdoors and my love of animals. Due to the nature of my husbands work, we have traveled a great deal in the twelve years we've been married, mostly around the western United States. Some of my favorite places we've lived - Montana, Hawaii, Texas, and of course, Idaho. I come from a large family and have always counted that one of my greatest blessings. I have a deep passion for gardening and yardwork, I love to make things beautiful! I'm a bit of a neat freak and love being organized. I have been very blessed to always be a stay at home mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons. I was taught from my youth the gospel of Jesus Christ and my parents have always tried to live it. I have always been proud to be a Mormon, even when I was very young I knew it was special and always felt it to be true, I have never had a doubting moment when I wondered if it was not true. I know it is true. Although I've never doubted the gospel, I have not always lived it as well as I should have. I am ashamed of this not because of my faults, but because of the people I could have helped had my example been better. I try hard in my daily life to make up for those mistakes, but I have a firm testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and I know that I have been forgiven of them. I did not gain my strong personal testimony until after I had married. I then realized that it was something that I wanted in my daily life and it was a must that my children be raised in it! My husband was not a Mormon and wanted nothing to do with it, but he supported my desire to return full-time to the church. Though I faced much heartache on my journey back, I saw immense blessings with every step I took. I worried that the deeper into my religion I got, the farther apart my husband and I would become. As I proceeded with faith, I witnessed miracle after miracle as just the opposite occurred. The stronger member I was, the closer my husband got to it. Only 7 years into our marriage my husband told the missionaries he was ready to be baptized! The joy that those memories bring me will never dim, I knew the Lord loved me and wanted me to be happy and that true happiness comes from an eternal family. We were sealed in the temple a year later, the most beautiful day of my life! I am a Mormon, because I have personally witnessed the truth of the gospel in my life as I lived the commandments. I know it's true, nothing will ever change my conviction.

How I live my faith

When I am in my home ward I love to serve in the youth programs. I am currently serving in the Primary childrens program for youth ages 3 through 11 which involves weekly participation on Sundays in teaching lessons about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We usually meet every other week to plan and pray for the children and to know Heavenly Father's will for them. I also enjoy doing my visiting teaching where I am assigned a couple women in my ward that I get to know personally and become friends with and serve in any way I can. We are asked to make contact with these women at least once a month, but I like to become their friends and see them much more often. When I am unable to attend my home ward, when we are traveling, I like to be a good example to the people I come in contact with and share the gospel with them. Missionary work is very dear to my heart since my husband is a convert of only five years and I can never get over the miracle I was given and I feel very strongly that I need to help others in similar circumstances. My favorite calling in my life is my calling as a mother. I know that Lord gave me these children because he trusted me and knew I would help bring them back to him safely. I find the most joy in my life as I teach them to live, love, and understand the gospel. I see them sharing it with other people in our lives, especially our dear family, and I'm so proud of them and know that it is right. They are the most beautiful things in this world!

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Talia
Yes, the Savior loves all his people and he wanted all nations to know of him and his Atonement. He appeared to the Nephites and ministered unto them just as the Book of Mormon testifies. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Talia
The gift of the Holy Ghost brings us one of the greatest gifts anyone can ask for in this life, the knowledge of truth. We all seek it, in everything we do and through the Holy Ghost and living the commandments, we are given this gift. It can keep us safe, it can show us the way to happiness, it can testify to us of the reality of our divine nature. All things are open to us with this great gift. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Talia
Everything testifies to me of a God, but some very specific ones are my children, the planets and stars, the seasons, plants and trees and their life cycles, sunsets, and the beauty of a horse in motion. Show more Show less

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

Talia
We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God and that his mother was Mary, a mortal. He came to this earth to fulfill God's plan for his children and make intercession for our sins. He is our brother and Savior. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Talia
Our prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Talia
Yes, I do. I know President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God! Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Talia
Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, called at an early age to carry out the greatest work this world has seen next to the Atonement of Christ, the restoration of the gospel. He translated the Book of Mormon, received the Priesthood keys through proper authority, and restored the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Talia
I love this question! Mormon women are amazing! They are strong, beautiful, intelligent, caring, spiritual, humble, obedient. We so much alike and yet each one of us is unique and we love that. We build on each others strengths and reach out to strengthen those in need. We are not perfect and we are all at different stages in our lives, but we have the Lord as our guide and we seek to be more like him. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Talia
We should have faith in Jesus Christ and God our Eternal Father. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Talia
Mormon is a nickname we have been given, our proper name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe in the King James Bible as a witness of the Savior and also the Book of Mormon as another testament of his divinity. Everything we do is in rememberance of him and to draw closer to him and to teach others of his love. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Talia
We need a Savior, because our Heavenly Father is perfect and he loves us and wants us to return to him, but we are mortal and imperfect. We need the Savior's atonement to make up for all that we lack so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Talia
This is a difficult question for any member of the church unless you have a testimony that the Lord is good and faith that everything he asks of his people is right. I do have this testimony and I know the Lord asked the leaders of the church to follow his counsel and they did. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Talia
I believe the Church's position on abortion, is that aside from rape or life threat, it is an abomination to the Lord, it is murder of innocent babies and spirits coming to earth to receive bodies. I believe that this is a very serious decision and should be done with much prayer and the help of Church leaders. Show more Show less