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Hi I'm Tawni Joy

I'm a runner. I'm a singer. I'm a dork. And thankfully, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like many peers my age, I am currently a student and spend the majority of my time focused on my studies. However, I make sure to allow plenty of time for fun (...meaning homework is not always my priority like it should be-whoops!) The things I enjoy doing most are the small and simple things like laughing with my friends over the dumbest things or talking to my family (especially my mom!) about anything and everything; I love going on runs without my iPod so I have plenty of time to simply think; I love watching movies and getting comfortable; I love being in the presence of my family no matter what they are doing; I love looking back through my pictures (I take a lot!) and reading my journal while laughing and crying about things that have happened. Although, I enjoy these "simple" activities I should clarify that there are exceptions. I have many moments when I'm anything but simple--I can be c.r.a.z.y. I love making people laugh, even if that means I'm the only one laughing, and I love to create ridiculous videos and take horrible pictures. On a more serious note, I have many goals and aspirations for life. I want to graduate with my Bachelors degree in Accounting, but first I will be serving an LDS mission in Baltimore, Maryland :) I hope to one day enter the temple and be sealed to my spouse forever. I hope to be a mother as good as my mother one day and to teach the gospel to my children in the same way my parents have taught me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this Church is true. The feelings and blessings you get from living the teachings of this Church are feelings and blessings that could never be created unless they came from my Savior--they are incredible and real. I pay my tithing because I see how I spiritually and, ironically, financially benefit from it. I pray because there is comfort in knowing there is someone who loves me and cares for me who is listening to me no matter what I say or where I am. What matters to me matters to Him. I go to church because it is an environment where I am accepted and understood, I am taught the purpose of life and told that I matter. I am a Mormon because I know that this church brings power to seal families together, allowing me to be with my family forever. That's right, for.ev.er. My family means everything to me! I am a Mormon because I know that I am a child of God and so is every other person on earth. I am a Mormon because the gospel makes me happier than anything else. I am a Mormon and proud of it. :)

How I live my faith

I live my faith through example. I try to embody the qualities that I admire in my family, my church leaders and, of course, in Jesus Christ. I try my best to live by the Church standards found in the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet (https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth?lang=eng). I go to church each Sunday and partake of the sacrament as a reminder of Christ and how He loves me, how He suffered for me so that I can one day return to Him, and as a promise that I will remember Him always. I pray every day to express thanks to my Heavenly Father and to ask Him for help and comfort because, as we all know, life can be rough. I love the feeling that comes from prayer and knowing that there is someone listening to me when no one else will. I read the Book of Mormon and learn from the stories found there and I understand that they really happened and are recorded to teach us gospel doctrines and truths. In sum, I try to live my faith in every aspect of my life--key word is TRY. And while I'm no where near perfect, I find that I'm happier when I commit to try my best.