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Hi I'm Trisha

I've lived in 11 U.S. states and four countries. I love learning about cultural differences. We are as alike as we are different!

About Me

I'm the third of eight children and the daughter of a military man. I was instilled with strong values, close family ties, a respect for my country, a desire to be educated and a love of Jesus Christ. I've gained friends from all over the world as I've lived in eleven of the states in the USA and three countries outside of this. I received a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education which have given me incredible tools for teaching and rearing my five children. I feel very blessed to have married my best friend and greatest support, and I enjoy this journey through life with him.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in the Church, I still sought my own conversion . I watched the examples of my parents and grandmother and I reveled in their personal conversion stories, their stories of faith and adversity, but there came a time when I needed to know for myself what my relationship with my Father in Heaven really meant to me. I was thirteen, and like most teens, I craved acceptance and understanding from my peers. I was also keenly aware of the differences in lifestyle and religion between me and several of my friends. I remember saying to myself, "If I'm going to go through life being so different, then I need to know that what I'm being taught is true." As I was listening to a speaker for youth teach of the sacrifices made by the prophet Joseph Smith, an overwhelmingly peaceful feeling swept over me. I was suddenly filled with so much love that I could not hold back emotion. It was my answer, and I knew that my Father in Heaven loved me enough to give me that answer. At thirteen I knew that Joseph Smith was who he said he was, and I knew that he did the things he said he did. It was a simple testimony that has been added to on several occasions since by the same process: I asked my Father a question, and through the power of the Holy Ghost I could feel the answer in my mind and heart testifying of the truth. Thirteen was a long time ago for me, but no matter what adversity has been placed in my path, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has proven to get me through it. I could never deny the peace I feel as I read the teachings of Christ in the Bible and Book of Mormon, and I could never deny the relationship I have built with my Father in Heaven through this Church. I love knowing who I am, and my purpose in life. I am not just a Mormon as a choice of religion. I am a Mormon because through this Church I understand that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father and that I am living my life to return to His arms some day.

How I live my faith

I absolutely love that this Church is service oriented. We all voluntarily serve in various capacities within our congregations. I've taught classes for the women of the church, I've been a leader to the youth, I've cared for the babies and toddlers so that their parents could attend classes, I've led church choirs and I've taught the gospel through music to the children of the church. I am currently a group leader for addiction recovery support groups. Each of these opportunities was something I was asked to do and not something that I sought, and each time I felt overwhelmed at what was being asked. But as I prayed to be led in ways that would benefit those I taught, each of these opportunities brought growth and became part of who I am today. Every position that started out as overwhelming was difficult to leave when my time came to do something else. And I learned that my favorite position in the church is always the one I currently have. And yet, despite the variety of church service opportunities there is none more important than that of mother and teacher. I live my beliefs fully so that my children will never question my commitment to my Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ. They are being taught who they are and what God intends for them. They are my children on this earth but they were entrusted to me by a loving Father in Heaven, because they are His first and foremost. I try to create a home that is a haven from the world, a place of acceptance and love and understanding. Every concept that I teach in the home can be related back to the Gospel of Christ. My desire in this life is that regardless of my weaknesses, I can be seen as a strong and resilient woman of faith. That perhaps by living the life I do, those around me will see in themselves what God himself sees in each of them. You are His child, He knows you, He loves you, you are His!

Who are the Mormons?

Trisha
It is an honor to be nicknamed after the great ancient prophet, Mormon. However, our official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Mormons are above all else believers in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. All across the world, congregations of Mormons meet together on Sundays to learn from each other their purpose in this world, their relationship to their Heavenly Father, and their need for Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Trisha
Serving a mission is a priesthood responsibility, and young men are asked to sacrifice two years in order to serve others, gain experience as followers of Christ, and grow in their faith. However, that is a choice each individual has to make on their own and deciding not to go does not affect a person's standing in the Church. But those who do go, men and women alike, usually find that two years is not enough time and wish they could stay longer. Service creates bonds of love for the people you serve. I was unable to go in my young adult years, but I still yearn for the opportunity and look forward to a time when I can serve as a missionary. In the meantime, I strive to be a missionary daily in how I interact with others! Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Trisha
There are doctrinal answers to why we believe we need a Savior to redeem us from the Fall of Adam and to return us to our Father in Heaven that you'll probably come across here. But let me tell you why I need a Savior personally and what He does for me. Christ suffered personally for my pains, sorrows, and sins so that if I ask Him too, He can take them from me. I have been the victim of abuse in my life, and yet through Him I have been able to lay it all at His feet, freely forgive, feel peace, find love, and understand how important negative life experiences can be in teaching us humility. Daily He takes my pain and replaces it with pure love so that I am no longer a victim, but a victor. I need a Savior because He knows me, and through him my flaws become strengths and my pain becomes peace. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Trisha
Serving others in our congregation is a wonderful part of being in a church family. However, we don't feel as if we should serve each other exclusively. Above the title of Mormon is that of Children of God, and we see all people as God's children and part of our family. We are encouraged to get out and serve in our neighborhoods, our governments, our schools, our communities, and all those with whom we come in contact. Show more Show less