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Hi I'm Tiffany Garner

I'm an NYU graduate, a theatre artist, an aspiring novelist, a big sister, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I have loved stories. I love stories in music, theatre, books, and life. What's more, I love telling these stories. I am a singer, actor, director, and author. Each of those roles provides me with a different way of sharing the stories I am so passionate about with others! I recently graduated from NYU with my MA in Educational Theatre and English. Ever since high school, I have wanted to be a drama teacher. I have seen how theatre can change peoples' lives, regardless of the career they end up pursuing, and I can't wait to be a part of that! I love to travel and experience new and different places and cultures. I have been extremely fortunate in my life to travel all over Europe and North America, and just recently I was able to go to Israel with my family. I think that when we take a global perspective of the world and strive to understand and respect other cultures and ideas, we can become better, more caring people ourselves and as a result benefit our own communities. In life, I see my role as a stepping-stone for others on their pathway to self-awareness, self-confidence, and academic and professional success. I want to help people rise from where they are and discover themselves. Really, I just want to make a difference!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents met at BYU, and I was born just after my mom graduated. To many, it appears that I'm a member of this church simply because I'm following the family tradition. If I'm being completely honest, that was true for the early years of my life. Like any child, I'd accepted what my parents told me as fact without questioning it. What they said was right, and I didn't need any more proof than that. As I grew older, the world grew more complicated, and I was faced with trials and decisions I hadn't even imagined existed. The trust I'd always had in my parents and the Lord's gospel wavered. I was afraid to admit this, afraid to speak with my parents about my questions. But that didn't stop the questions from coming, and soon I couldn't ignore the fact that I did not know whether or not this church was true. When I was twelve, I sat down and read the entire Book of Mormon on my own for the first time. I took notes. I prayed about things I was questioning or not understanding. I spoke to my parents. I followed up my scripture study by looking up teachings of modern, living prophets. I did everything I could to educate myself on the Lord's gospel and gain the testimony I desperately longed to have. When I was fourteen, my family visited the sacred grove. As we entered, I thought to myself, "If the Lord appeared to Joseph when he was fourteen and asking the same questions I am, surely he'll give me some sort of answer if I pray and ask." I waited for my family to walk a ways off before kneeling on the ground and asking the Lord if the Book of Mormon was true. In an instant, I felt a knot in my throat and tears coming to my eyes. I distinctly remember the thoughts coming into my mind: "You know it's true. You can stop asking." From that day, I've still had times where I've struggled, but I've never been able to deny the witness I received. Yes, I was born to members of this church, but that is not why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I know this church to be true.

How I live my faith

In the church, we are given specific callings, or assignments, within our congregation in order to aid and uplift one another. One of the most important callings I hold is that of a visiting teacher. As a visiting teacher, I am assigned one or two other sisters in the ward, and my job is to visit them, teach them, and care for their needs. This really is one of the greatest purposes of the gospel - to care for others. Christ said: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Mark 12:31). Even outside of my visiting teaching assignments, I strive every day to treat those around me with love and kindness. I look for opportunities to serve. I am friendly, even to those who I might not immediately connect with. I do my very best to adhere to this commandment with my fellow members as well as those who are not LDS. Another way I live my faith is by sharing it with others. Speaking openly about religious beliefs can be awkward in our society, but the vast majority of people are very respectful, if not a little interested to learn more about me and how I live my life. I am eager to share my beliefs with others, not to indoctrinate them, but to share the happiness and light God has given me with them. Currently, I am serving a full-time mission for the church in Gilbert, Arizona, speaking Spanish. It has been such a humbling experience to wear the Savior's name below mine on my name tag, and to feel the love that He has for all of God's children. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to serve and invite others to come unto Christ through faith in His restored gospel. There is no greater calling, and I cannot imagine feeling any greater joy than I have as a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Tiffany Garner
This is the most wonderful and amazing blessing I can even imagine. I can be with my parents and siblings--whom I love so deeply--forever, not just until they die. I can see my grandpa who died when I was three, a man whom I love dearly without even really remembering him. When I get married and have my own children, I can live knowing that even if something terrible were to happen to my family, I would be able to see them again and live with them in heaven. Isn't this a beautiful doctrine? Isn't it wonderful that we can be with those we love forever? I cannot imagine heaven without my family--it would not be heaven. I'm so grateful for the knowledge that we have the opportunity to always be with one another. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Tiffany Garner
I've moved around quite frequently in my life. Most of the places I have lived have not had a huge number of members of the church. My closest friends have been outside of the church, wonderful people who were not Mormon. I served them with just as much love as I served anyone in my ward. I love volunteering and I love helping people in need. It doesn't matter to me what religion they are. We are all children of God and have a duty to help His children, to clothe and feed them. What church they attend is not important in this regard and will never, ever stop me from helping someone who needs it. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Tiffany Garner
Having the Holy Ghost is like having your father teach you how to swim. He helps you every step of the way, always by your side. When he tells you to jump into the water, you know he'll catch you and he won't let you go. The Holy Ghost is always there if we allow him to be. He protects us from harm and showers us with love and blessings. He teaches us what we must do and guides us through life's struggles. I am so grateful for this gift in my life, and that I never have to feel lost or alone in making decisions. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Tiffany Garner
As it is taught in the New Testament, we believe that each of God's children must be baptized in order to be saved. We do not believe, however, that those who die without a knowledge of Christ or those who were never baptized will go directly to hell. God loves each of His children equally, so He has designed a way for them all to have the opportunity to accept His gospel and receive the blessings of baptism. We do not believe that once a member of the church is baptized in place of a dead ancestor that the ancestor has no choice but to be a member of the LDS church. On the contrary, the act of baptism for the dead is a blessing to those who have died, because it gives them the freedom to choose this gospel. They also have the freedom to not acknowledge the baptism if they so choose. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Tiffany Garner
The simplest answer to this question is that the name of our church is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. The words "Jesus Christ" are actually capitalized on our buildings. We believe that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and that only through Him can we be forgiven of our sins and return to live in Heaven. He is the center of everything we teach, everything we do. We praise Him, we worship Him, and we love Him. I cannot image my life without a testimony of Christ, and I am so grateful for the sacrifice He made for me. He is my Salvation, my King, and I will worship Him all my days. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tiffany Garner
In the book of Malachi in the Old Testament, the Lord commanded His children to pay tithing. In return, He promised them an overflow of blessings. That law has not changed today. We pay tithing to the church in order to further the work of the Lord in our own communities and around the world. All of the money goes toward helping the needy and building up the kingdom of God. I have seen the blessings of tithing in my own life. Sometimes it can be hard to give up that money, but I am always blessed when I do. Even if I'm struggling financially, if I pay my tithing everything works out. If I don't, I struggle. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to pay tithing and be a small part of furthering the Lord's mission. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Tiffany Garner
No. The only statement from the church about politics states that the members should be informed voters and active in the government. In the church, there are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and people of all different backgrounds. No one is considered more righteous than the other. It is up to the individual members to decide what they think is the best course of action to take, and vote accordingly. The church has never tried to swing its members to vote a certain way, and it never will. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tiffany Garner
The Atonement is the most wonderful and miraculous act of selflessness that ever happened on the earth! Christ not only died for us, but he suffered in Gethsemane, so much that he bled from every pore. He suffered for each and every person who ever has and ever will live on the earth. He took upon Himself all of our sins and sorrows so that we wouldn't have to suffer as He did. Without the Atonement, we cannot return to our Father in Heaven. If Christ had not taken our sins upon Himself, we wouldn't be able to repent, and what a miserable existence that would be! But in order for us to receive this wonderful blessing, we have to fall to our knees and seek forgiveness. Once we have done all we can, Christ will make up the rest, and the Lord will remember our sins no more. Because of the Atonement, Christ has taken upon himself our pains and sorrows as well. When we are struggling through life, either physically or spiritually, we can give those pains to Christ. He can help us overcome them and heal our infirmities, whatever sort they may be. I have seen that power in my life, and I always turn to the Lord when I am in a moment of agony. Christ knows exactly how we feel, and as a result knows exactly how to succor us. I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that I can be repented of my sins! I sure am not perfect, but He was, and because of His sacrifice I can live with my Father in Heaven again! Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tiffany Garner
Absolutely yes. The Bible is the word of God and a wonderful testament of Jesus Christ. I love studying the Bible and it has greatly enriched my life. The Lord spoke to people of ancient times and they recorded their dealings with him, and revelations they received. But the Lord did not only speak to those in the middle-east. The people living on the american continent wrote their own records of their dealings with God, and this is what we now know as the Book of Mormon. Both are divine scripture, and studying one deeply increases my understanding of the other. I am grateful to have both in my life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Tiffany Garner
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, working alongside our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, His son. He is a messenger sent from God to teach and guide us. He testifies of truth and helps us recognize right from wrong. He also comforts us, in both our physical and spiritual pains. He is a separate being from both God the Father and Jesus Christ, but his mission is the same. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Tiffany Garner
If you had an amazing experience, an experience that made you look at life in a completely new way, wouldn't you want to share that experience with your friends? Wouldn't you want them to feel the elation and happiness that you feel? And wouldn't you do anything you could to help them find that happiness? The young men and women who serve missionaries for the church are spreading a message of happiness and hope. They themselves have been blessed with a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel, and now they are in turn giving up their time to help bless someone else's life. We are all brothers and sisters, and we want to help as many people as we can find the happiness and joy we experience in the restored gospel. We are not trying to simply grow our numbers; we are trying to touch the hearts of men and bring them closer to their Savior, thereby helping them find happiness. It is true that there are many people who are not LDS who are happy. I do not suggest they are unhappy, only that their happiness can be multiplied. The blessings of the gospel are innumerable, and the Lord wants to give them to all of His children. The missionaries search out people willing to hear the message, because they want everyone to be able to receive these blessings. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Tiffany Garner
Yes!! Throughout history, God has sent prophets to His people to preach His gospel. He sent Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, and so many other men to be His mouthpiece on the earth so His children would have someone to guide them. Why would it be any different today? In a world where there is so much gray area, doesn't it make sense that the Lord would send a servant here to help them know God's will for them? The living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, truly receives revelation for the people living on the earth today, and we will be blessed with peace and happiness if we follow his teachings, for they come from the Lord. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Tiffany Garner
Absolutely not. God loves all of His children. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always welcomed members of every race and color, since it was first founded in 1830. No one race is 'better' or more loved by God than another. There were previously restrictions on who could hold the priesthood, but these restrictions were taken away in the early 1970s. This does not mean that the Lord loved African-American people more in the 70s than he did at any other point in history. When Christ was teaching in Jerusalem, He did not preach to the Gentiles. This was not because the Lord didn't love them, but because they were not ready to receive His gospel. After His resurrection, however, He commanded his apostles to teach them and bring them into the church. Even before He died, when a gentile woman approached Him asking for her daughter to be healed, He blessed her for her faith and healed her daughter. We do not know the reasons the Lord has for everything He does, but we do know that He loves all of His children, and all have always been welcome in His church. Show more Show less