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Hi I'm Tara

I'm from Wyoming. I love the outdoors and traveling to new places. I want to be a parent educator. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the wide open spaces of Wyoming. I wouldn't mind living there my whole life! But, I also love to visit new places. I've been to southern California, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., in the USA, but I've also visited Jerusalem, Egypt, and Jordan. I even lived in Peru for a year and a half, and learned to speak Spanish. It is so neat to see and begin to understand the cultures of other people. I hope and plan to visit many other places as well. I love the outdoors, especially the mountains. I love to hike, camp, hunt, fish and explore caves. When I'm in the mountains, the peace and tranquility of the wild surrounds me with the love of my Heavenly Father. The mountains are my escape from the too busy, stressful world. I'm elated that the Lord blessed me to live in Wyoming where I've got the mountains close enough for an escape! I currently study Child Development at BYU-Idaho. I want to become a parent educator, and help parents understand how to help their children learn, grow and be prepared to start school and lead a successful life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I've always loved the church. When I attend meetings weekly, pray and study the scriptures daily and just try to follow the teachings of Jesus, I increase my knowledge that this is the Church of Jesus Christ in its fullness on the earth. For me, I came to understand that the Church was true through constant study and prayer. I started out praying and reading because that's what they told me I should be doing. But I as I matured spiritually, I began to realize that I had a testimony of my own. When I read, I could feel the Spirit of the Lord testifying that the things I was reading in the Bible and Book of Mormon were real! The stories and people were real and true. And that's when I started seeing lessons I could learn. For example, Nephi in the Book of Mormon prayed and received answers to his prayers as well as help and protection from Heavenly Father, just like He helps and protects me when I pray to Him in faith. Peter and the other eleven that Jesus Christ chose in the Bible weren't perfect from the time the were chosen, but Jesus prepared them for the work they were called to do, just as He has chosen and prepared me for who I am supposed to become. These spiritual insights gave me a stronger testimony of the truth of the church. I get the chance to learn a little more every day.

How I live my faith

At BYU-Idaho, I get the opportunity to serve the Lord in a ward designed specifically for the young singles who are attending college here. I serve as a Ward Missionary, which means I get to help people strengthen their testimonies of the gospel. Part of my calling is to help teach a Missionary Preparation class. This class is a way to strengthen our testimonies and knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that we can share our testimonies others. It helps to prepare others to serve a mission for the Church; in other words, voluntarily dedicate one and a half to two years of our lives to serving the Lord, no matter where in the world He calls us to go. Having served a mission myself, it is a wonderful opportunity to help others be prepared.