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Hi I'm Taryn Politis Crump

I was born in Utah, I married a man from Tenessee, I listen to Journey and "Mo Tab", I'm a playwright and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the youngest of 5 kids. We were all loud, rambunctious and willing to stand in the spotlight. A defining aspect of my youth was my participation with Clayton Productions. Clayton is a company that brings groups of kids together, from about the same age and skill level, and teaches them performance skills. Those skills include synchronized dancing, harmonizing (sometimes up to 10 parts), partner dancing and partner lifts (to name a few). Besides those skills being a member of Clayton Productions for 10 years taught me how to be confident in myself, how to be confident in my actions, how to take risks, how to be a member of a team, how to be a leader, how to reach out to people, how to make friends and how to stand up for what I know to be true. I worked with a local college and graduated High School with two diplomas; my high school and my Associates. This helped me become accepted into Brigham Young University in Provo, Ut. While there I met my husband. My husband is a lighthearted man from Tennessee. He can fix most things, or he'll learn how to. He hates being in the spotlight. He loves his family and he loves his Savior. We've had our rough patches but after two years of dating and 1 and a half more years of marriage we've learned that communication and Christ let us get through anything.

Why I am a Mormon

While attending BYU I took an academic class about our religion. The professor of that class asked us to look at the gospel as a detective. He asked us to look for evidence. He challenged us to always test our ideas and beliefs. He then testified that the more he knew about our religion and the more scrutiny he put it under, the more sure he was that he wanted to be a member of this church. I have treated every day since like a detective. There are a lot of doubts or questions that come as we live our lives. I have always taken the questions and the doubts as a sort of challenge. I investigate everything and decide for myself what I know to be true. What is so wonderful about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that you're allowed to ask questions. More importantly, you can pray to your Heavenly Father and receive real answers to your questions. More than anything else, I am a member of this Church because it makes me a better person. I am who I am today because of the influence of Prophets, Apostles, church leaders, friends and parents whose counsel on my life have been undeniably wise and profitable. I want to be a good person. Every day I spend as a member of this church helps me improve myself so maybe I can call myself a great person someday.

How I live my faith

I've been a member of the Church since I was 8 years old. You could say that I was born into my faith. I have on my own accord chosen to be a part of it every day for the last 21 years. Every day I have to choose to read my scriptures, pray to my Heavenly Father and act as he would have me. Each week I choose to go to Church for three hours (and no it's not too long when you're learning about the things you love), prepare a lesson for the other members of my ward and teach a group of them for one of those hours. As a member of this church I choose frequently to spend my free time helping others by completing service projects. Examples of service projects I've completed in my life include cleaning up a local park, creating blankets or kits to help those in need and providing disaster relief by cleaning out a neighbors flooded basement. I organized events during my time at BYU which bought our youth together and gave them opportunities to make lasting relationships. I'm so grateful for all of the opportunities this church has given me to give back to others and uplift myself through service.

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?

Taryn Politis Crump
The Mormon women I have met are some of the strongest. We are kind, caring, smart and wise. We love our Heavenly Father and He loves us. He loves us so much, he gave us a sacred responsibility. We are the way that his children can come and live on this earth. That responsibility and that power is one of the most amazing and incredible feats. Most of the parents I know wept on the day that they became a "Daddy"or a "Mommy". The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful things in this world. Even when a woman is pregnant, people comment on how she glows. Yes I know this is scientifically due to the different hormones running through her veins however, I consider it a side-effect of carrying another human inside of you. Men and Women will always be equals, different beings, but equals. Men are given the priesthood in our church as their sacred responsibility. The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name here on this earth. It allows them to perform ordinances, like baptism. It also lets them give special blessings to those in need. Women don't hold the priesthood because they don't need to. We have a different responsibility to be nurtures, teachers and pillars of all that is good in the world. If you have further questions this is a link to LDS.org. This is a talk given by an apostle of the lord in 1987 and it is a pertinent today as ever. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1987/10/lessons-from-eve?lang=eng&query=eve Show more Show less