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Hi I'm Tasha

I'm a wife to one, a mom to four, and a friend to all, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love laughing! It is probably my very favorite thing to do, and not a bad ab workout when done correctly. I am the fourth of six children and spent most of my childhood in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. As the daughter of an airline pilot and a flight attendant instructor, I am very blessed to have seen many parts of this great country, and even some places beyond. I LOVE being on stage, especially if it has to do with singing or dancing. I competed in high school with the marching band (playing flute) and the show choir. My real passion at that time, though, was figure skating. I attended the University of Nebraska where I studied communications and was pre-med, but later ended up attending law school at Brigham Young University after I joined the LDS church. These days I am a mom of four (with hopes to adopt!), a PTA president, an assistant show choir director at the local high school, and I aspire to run for political office. On my "downtime" I like to read, watch movies, and take adventures with my family. (My favorite adventure to date was a road trip through the fall foliage of the northeastern coastal states - so breathtaking!) I am not a fan of housework, but I think doing laundry is starting to grow on me - perhaps, some day, cooking will too!

Why I am a Mormon

Despite a strong moral upbringing, when it came to faith, I was definitely at a loss. During my freshman year of college, my grandfather, whom I was very close to, passed away. That was a turning point for me - I needed to know what happened next. Throughout my undergrad years, I learned about a number of different religions from friends and visited several churches. Unfortunately, I always ended up with more questions than answers and never felt that peace that I was searching for. One fall day during my senior year of college, I got a call from a friend who had just returned from serving an LDS mission. We had met in high school and had barely kept in touch since starting college. We had never really discussed the LDS church before, so when he called, I took this as a chance to find out more about what he had been doing for the past two years. That conversation changed my life for the better. It was amazing to me to finally hear answers to my questions. The more we spoke, the more I wanted to learn. There were still some things that left me skeptical at first, but the message that I heard felt....right. It felt like something that I once knew but had forgotten. It made me feel more alive than I had felt for quite some time. After that call from my friend, I searched out the missionaries in my area and began reading the Book of Mormon. At the time all of this was happening, I was dealing with some major life decisions and everything seemed so confusing. I had lost my sense of purpose and direction. As I took the discussions, prayed, read the scriptures, attended church, and eventually was baptized, everything else in my life suddenly fell into place. I finally knew who I was and why I am here. I am a Mormon because it makes sense to my heart and my mind. I am happier and more at peace because of the spirit that I feel when I am living the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has blessed me, and now my family, in more ways than I can ever say.

How I live my faith

The easy answer is that I try to follow the teachings of Christ to the best of my ability. Of course, I am better at this some days than others. Perhaps the one message from Jesus Christ that resonates the most with me would be that of service. Christ sacrificed all that he had in serving us, his fellow men, and because of that, I can feel of His love. I want to share that same love with others through service. There might even be some selfishness in that desire because I honestly cannot think of anything that makes me happier than knowing that I have helped to make someone else's day just a little brighter. There are countless ways to do this of course. Sometimes something as simple as a friendly wave "hello" and a smile can go a long way. Bringing meals, babysitting, some impromptu house cleaning, a plate of cookies, a phone call or note can also ease the burdens of a neighbor or friend, or just let them know that you care. These are little ways that I try to follow Christ's example and reach out to serve those around me. I am also grateful to be able to serve in my church calling as teacher for the 5 and 6 yr olds. They are incredible little spirits with so much potential to do fantastic things in this world. It is a privilege to be able to spend time sharing the gospel with them. Within my family, we read scriptures together at night (even if it's just a verse!) and have family prayer. One night each week we take turns discussing a gospel topic and then doing something together as a family that either reinforces the lesson that was taught or just brings us closer together. We observe the Sabbath day, attend our church meetings, and participate in our church choir. My husband and I visit the San Antonio temple monthly. While all of these things are important, my faith is lived in my daily interactions with those around me. Am I being kind? Am I helping those in need? Am I trying to be like Jesus? These are the questions that guide my day to day life.