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Hi I'm Tara Derricott

I grew up in Montana and I love to be outside. I am a mom, reader, gardener, and autism advocate. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite job is being a wife and mother. I grew up in Montana and learned to love the outdoors. I met my husband at Ricks college, then moved away, only to return to Rexburg where my husband works for the college. I have 3 children, the oldest 2 have autism. I love to work and sitting still very long drives me crazy. I recently finished a B.S. degree in Sociology, and have also become a Master Gardener. I want to work toward a degree in horticulture. I also enjoy cooking, sewing, canning, painting, and reading. Because I have two children with autism, I spend a lot of time learning about autism, and sharing my experiences. I talk with several of the special ed. and early childhood college classes about what autism is and what it is like to live with it. I have spent most of my adult life dealing with the ups and downs of this disorder, and am so grateful for the perspective that the Gospel brings to me. Some of my goals for the future include college and missions for my children, traveling the world, serving my own mission, becoming the best Grandma ever, and spending lots of time with my loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. I have several notable ancestors in the history of our church. My parents and grandparents raised me in the church. However, I had to learn for myself whether or not I wanted to be a part of this religion. I don't know when I first knew that the church was true. As a child I learned that praying helped me to be a better person. I was comforted when I prayed for comfort, I did better on my school work when I prayed to be able to remember what I studied, I felt better when I was sick and prayed for healing. As I grew, many of my friends and associates started to make different choices in life. I saw that when they made choices that were in accord with the gospel, they were happy, and when they did things that the gospel warns against, there were often negative consequences. I saw these choices and consequences at work in my own life. I questioned the gospel and some of its teachings, but when I tested them, I always found more peace and joy in living the gospel than in living other ways. My family is the most precious thing I have. I have been sealed to my parents, to my siblings, my husband, and my children through the priesthood power that came directly from Jesus Christ. I know that this is the only way that I can be with my family not only on earth, but throughout eternity. No other church on earth can offer this to me. My heart tells me it is true. I have learned from the scriptures that the Holy Ghost speaks to our hearts and minds through a still, small voice. He also gives us peace, comfort, truth, and the ability to know for ourselves if something is true. When I have asked God to know if the LDS church is true, I have felt an overwhelming pouring out of peace, warmth, and assurance that it is. I can not deny this, and I will share it with others so that they can have the same blessings that bring me so much comfort and joy. It is true. I KNOW it.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. I include scripture reading, prayer, and gospel study in my daily routine. My family attends church each Sunday, along with other church activities. I want to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ, so I study the way He lived and try to do likewise. Of course, I am far from perfect, and must often change my ways and begin again when I make mistakes. Right now I help to teach the 14 and 15 year old girls in my area. This includes a Sunday lesson, along with a weekday activity to teach them skills and practice the things we talk about on Sundays. I love spending time with these girls! Another thing that is important in my life is having a family night every Monday evening. My husband and I gather our children and we spend time together. This usually includes a song, scripture, prayer, lesson, activity, and treat. Occasionally we will go to a play, have a picnic, go on a hike, or some other outing. This has brought a great closeness to our family. Everyone knows that Monday nights are special.... no other activities get scheduled. I have a great testimony of the power of prayer. I have been comforted, protected, and guided through the power of prayer. I pray often, sometimes just quietly in my mind, because it helps me to feel closer to Jesus Christ. I pray for the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the ability to receive guidance in the important events of my life. I live the gospel by serving others. It brings me so much joy when I can help someone out. I know that this is the way that Jesus lived His life. I am always blessed for any service, and end up feeling that I get ahead each time I help another.