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Hi I'm Trista

I am an advocate for my son with Autism, a mother of 3, a friend to all and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in Idaho, served a mission in Germany/Austria, Graduated with a Masters in Special Education, taught Special Ed in a self contained classroom for 3 years, married a man who is a great husband and father, moved to Tennessee, and now have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. My oldest son was adopted at age 5 and has Autism. We love our lives!

Why I am a Mormon

I was once asked, when I first gained a testimony and was surprised by my answer... "I first gained a testimony before I came to this earth." I know that we lived with Heavenly Father before we came to this earth; we knew Christ, and were learning and growing. We wanted to become like Heavenly Father, he presented a plan and Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior. We had an opportunity to accept or reject this plan. I had Faith in Jesus Christ and His ability to fulfill Heavenly Father's plan. While we do not now remember this experience, my testimony in Christ did not leave me at birth. The Mormon Church is lead by Jesus Christ today, He has called prophets to teach us and guide us, He has given us scriptures to know His will for us, He has provided us with every tool necessary to return to live with our Heavenly Father again after this life. I am a Mormon because of this understanding. I am grateful that I can know God's will for me, I am grateful for the guidance I am given through His prophets that result in happiness and peace in this life!

How I live my faith

Most of what I do revolves around my faith in Jesus Christ. Teaching and raising my children is my first priority. I also help organize activities to bless the lives of the women in our church. I frequently visit other sisters and try to share things that will strengthen their faith and help them overcome the challenges that come with living in this world.

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

Being a women member of the church is amazing. In no other place have I felt so respected and taken so seriously. While serving as a women leader in the church I never felt that I was less because I am female. My husband also has always sought my opinion in all things, and treated me as his equal partner. Womanhood is praised in the church and the priesthood is there to support and strengthen us in all our many duties and responsibilities. Show more Show less