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Hi I'm Tawni

I'm a college graduate. I'm a missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Georgia, and then lived a few years in Nevada. I have my Associates of Applied Science, and after a lot of prayer I decided the next step in my life should be to serve a mission. I am currently in the MTC in the Dominican Republic learning Spanish and how to teach others the amazing message of the gospel! I am loving every minute!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and have been an active member my entire life. But being a member wasn't always easy. During my senior year, I had a very rough time, my senior year and the summer after graduation was when I truely gained a testimony of my own. When I felt alone, when I felt I had no friends, I prayed to Heavenly Father for just one friend. Just one. If ever there was a moment of conversion, the moment that an old friend sat with me the next day, that would be the moment for me. Everyday my faith grows and is reassured. I know with all my heart that this gospel is the true and living gospel. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, know you personally. They know our struggles, our triumphs, our wants and desires. Heavenly Father only wants to bless and help us, his children. He loves us, and will never leave us.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm on my mission and living my faith isn't incredibly difficult. I am however learning a new language and a lot of the time it is very difficult, and some days I just want to give up. I spend a lot of time praying for patience with myself and for the ability to understand more each day. I notice a distinct difference in my ability to speak and understand the language every day before I go to bed. I also notice my patience growing for myself and others as I feel my Savior's love for me. The more I feel my Savior's love, the more I can't wait to share the gospel and that love with others!

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

Tawni
I love this question and I love to answer it with a quote by Margaret D. Nadauld, "Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity." This is not to say that Mormon women are perfect, we all make mistakes, however every day we should be striving to become more like Christ. More tender, kind, refined, faithful, good, virtuous and pure. Men and women in the gospel are equal. Men have the privilege and responsibility of holding the priesthood and presiding over the home as the patriarch. However, women have the different yet equal privilege of bearing and nurturing children. The Apostle Paul taught that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important. Show more Show less