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Hi I'm Tiffiny

I'm a wife to a great husband, stay-at-home mom to six children, a civic-minded former teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother to six children--three of which are on the autism spectrum (aspergers and PDD-NOS). Two of them also have ADHD as well as a third boy who has ADHD (no autism). They keep me on my toes and I love them all more than words can express. They have big hearts and good souls. They have trouble in social situations, but they are trying. I have high expectations for them because I believe they can soar. My children are some of my greatest blessings. They have taught me patience, understanding and how to look beneath the surface. I am grateful for the privilege of being their mother. In what little spare time I have I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and a few crafty endeavors. I find I have to limit myself to the time I have while waiting for music and dance lessons to finish. (It took me two years to finish a scarf I was knitting for my mother). We also love taking walks as a family, and occasionally my husband and I drag the children out to go hiking. I volunteer when opportunities and circumstances allow because I believe it is important to give back to our communities. I have met many wonderful people through volunteerism.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I grew up listening to the testimony of my parents. My mother was a convert to the church when she was a teenager. I know both she and my father have testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and of the restored priesthood power on earth. When I was younger I wanted to know for myself whether the things I was taught were true. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and take Moroni's challenge in Moroni 10:3-5 to read, ponder and pray to know whether the Book of Mormon is true. I did so and I received my own testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is a second witness to the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is another witness of His divinity and of His role as our Redeemer. Through the years my testimony has continued to grow and expand. Time and again I have been blessed as I have tried to live by the principles found in the scriptures. Throughout my life I have had trials and challenges which have taught me to trust in the Lord and to draw closer to my Father in Heaven and to my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that they love each of us, and that they have a plan greater for us than we have for ourselves.

How I live my faith

Until just before the birth of our sixth child, I was the Relief Society (women's organization) president in my ward (parish). I feel so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve the women in my ward. It further deepened my testimony that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and that He loves us all dearly. I was often asked how I could serve as the Relief Society president and serve my family at the same time. The only answer I can give is that the Lord helped me. I was blessed with an increase in capability and inspiration and I truly feel my family received many blessings as well. I couldn't have done it without the Lord's blessings. I'm currently serving as secretary for the children's organization, Primary. I love seeing the sweet faces of the children and getting to know them better. They have such pure faith. I love serving there.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Tiffiny
I have never felt deprived because I do not hold the priesthood. Men and women are co-equals. The priesthood is God's power here on earth. It is essential to the organization of the church. Having served as a local president in the women's organization (Relief Society), I have always felt that my opinions mattered. I have felt inspiration specific to my office and I have felt free to voice my thoughts and concerns. The priesthood is never to be used for coercion. Priesthood holders are to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all things, and as they follow that example they show love and respect for the women around them. Show more Show less