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Hi I'm Tara

I grew up in Alabama. I love children. I have five of my own. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my mid-30s, and have been married for almost 15 years. I am a mom to five unique children, 3 boys and 2 girls. I have lots of interests these days. My most favorite thing in the world is music, especially singing. I have recently started acting in a local community theater. I like crafts, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, vinyl lettering, reading, shopping, road trips, among a host of other things!! My kids also keep me busy with their sports, church activities, scouts, and field trips.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of this church when I was 12 years old. It seems young, but at the time I had been questioning things for quite some time. I knew there was a God, and that he had a son named Jesus Christ. I attended a local Baptist church where several generations of my family had been members of the congregation. The same thoughts and feelings stayed with me throughout my childhood growing up....is there more than this and where do I fit in?? I never felt like I truly belonged to that church. I had questions about the things that were being taught every Sunday, and I never understood how the bible said one thing, but we were taught that it meant something totally different. There was always contention or controversy during every choir practice and bible study. I didn't feel comfortable and accepted. I remember seeing the commercials on TV as I was growing up about "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". The people seemed happy and nice. I wondered if it was a "real" church or just a commercial. My mom met the missionaries one weekend at a laundry-mat, and she invited them to come over to our house. I remember the first time I saw the name of the church on their name tags, it was like a dream come true. I wanted to know everything I could about this church. I didn't know we had one in my hometown for longer than I'd been alive! The first time we visited the church, I felt so good. I remember everyone being so kind and smiling at me. They all wanted to meet me, and have me be a part of the young women group. I felt like I was wanted and accepted for who I am. Once I began to learn the doctrine of the church, it all made sense, too. I had always believed that God loved ALL his children, not just the Jew and not just the Gentiles, but ALL of them. I was able to reconcile the Bible with the Book of Mormon. I waited 6 months after my mom to get baptized. I wanted to make sure it was all my decision, and not my mom making it for me.

How I live my faith

I work with the youth and young children in my church. I have participated in or been in charge of our area's young women camp for the past 6 years. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't go to girls' camp every summer. We have such a blast!! I also work with the younger children each Sunday at church. I am involved in teaching them about the Savior, the commandments, and how to treat others. My boys participate in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. They have many activities throughout our community. I enjoy helping out at our high school football concessions, band events, and other school activities. I have several friends at church that I like to go visit and hang out with. We have monthly activities where we are able to get to know each other better, make crafts, do service projects, and learn more about the gospel. Every know and then we get together outside of church for a girls' night out and just do something like have dinner and a movie or a catch a live show!! Lastly, but most definitely not least, I thoroughly enjoy spending quality time with my family. We enjoy having a pizza and movie night every Friday night. The kids even invite their friends over sometimes. On Sunday afternoons, we usually take a break from the hustle and bustle. Sometimes we take a short nap, but we also like to watch uplifting programs on TV or visit with our family members who live almost an hour or so away. We also find ourselves having serious and sometimes not so serious family discussions that we don't have the opportunity to have when homework and other things get in the way during the week. I sometimes feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders, but then I look around at all of my blessings.... and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world!!

In whom should we have faith?

Tara
I believe that we should have faith in God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. That is the one thing that I had before I found this church. I had faith in God and Jesus Christ. What I have gained since I joined this church is a large increase in my faith. I have great belief that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me. I believe that Jesus Christ came to this earth, suffered for my sins, and died on the cross for me. The last thing he did was the greatest of all, he overcame spiritual death! He was resurrected on the third day, and sealed the deal for all mankind. All we need do is have faith, and follow in his footsteps. I was baptized because of my belief in him. I will always have that belief and faith in my Savior. It is my testimony that He lives. I leave that with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Show more Show less