Hi I'm Tracy
Creating my imagination is my hobby. I have an awesome wife, our oldest son is just returning home from serving a full time mission for the LDS church in the Obregon Mexico mission. We have a daughter serving a mission in Honduras. Our youngest is starting 4th grade. I find my hobbies have changed over the years - I spend more time doing the things my children do. I am self employed and that's been a great blessing to be able to spend time with the kids during important times of their life. We do many things together as a family, love family vacations and we often look at those pictures and reminisce together. Religion is a big part of my life and as a family we study together often the words of Christ. I love my career - I manage a collision repair facility and enjoy the atmosphere there. My education has been a big part of my life and I feel it's very important, even if you think you can be successful in your field without it. My kids and I have built many things in our playground - we have a good time in the yard. My girls take after their mother - they love to dance and it's a big part of their life. It's difficult balancing between sport, cheer and dance. We love to jeep as a family - we love to be in four wheel drive. As a family we camp and kayak any chance we get. Our family is very diverse - we had 3 children biologically and adopted 3 more in individual adoptions.
Why I am a Mormon
I am Mormon because it makes sense - I mean where we come from, why we are here, where we are going - it makes me happy.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
We do Family history work because the scriptures teach us that Abraham and his posterity were given certain blessings that pertain to us through covenants that we make at baptism and in the temple. These blessings ties us together as familes and it's important for us to search out our ancestors so their work can be performed as well.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior taught us to love our Neighbor as ourselves. This teaching helps me realize that we are all Gods children and he loves each one of us the same and wants each one of us to return to him.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
My knowledge of the Plan of Happiness has benefited my life by keeping things in perspective. I know that God knows all things and this life is temporary. We are all going to pass to the next life sooner or later. I know that what we have to deal with in this life is simply a test. Nobody can take away from me the promised blessings of my Father in Heaven. With that knowledge I live in peace.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is something you want to be true - it's what keeps you going. I hope that someday I will return back to my Father in Heaven with my wife, and each of our children to continue on our progression together through the eternities. Some days I hope just to get through the day.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Our home has become more harmonious as we have prayed together as a family, read the scriptures together each day, and ate meals togteher.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
One specific challenge in our family that the gospel has helped us overcome is death of grandparents. Our children have learned that they will see thier great grandparents again and they will have association with them. Our knowledge of life after death helps us overcome the sadness one feels at those times.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
With the fast pace life we live between sports, dance, school, and friends not to mention work it's hard to imagine any harmony. However, we eat breakfast together, have a family evening together on Monday nights, pray together, read scriptures together, and usually eat supper together - even if it's in the fingers on the way out the door. Time is where it's at - and it has to be quality when it happens. I think with 6 kids one would never look from the outside in and see harmony, but life would sure be boring without them. Our harmony comes in bits and pieces and over the years has grown like a tree - impossible to measure on a daily basis but stronger with time. We keep a daily journal and read it sometimes as a family - at least we laugh in harmony.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
We have been blessed with a fun yard and we love to share it with others. We feel like the Lord knows us and our talents and knew that we would share what he allows us to do with others. Plus, the kettle corn popper we made, and the cotton candy machine keep the dentist happy - paying him money is sharing our talent's isn't it? On a more serious note - we have been blessed with the greatest knowledge of all - Why we are here and Where we are going - there isn't anything greater than knowledge that instills behavior that leads one to make covenants that help a person return back to Father in Heaven. How could someone have anything greater than this to share.
How I live my faith
living my faith consists of spending time with my wife and children - in this busy life it's easy to get distracted and find yourself growing away from your family. I feel that Father in Heaven loves each of us and has given each of us an opportunity to understand the love he has for us by giving us a family of our own. I spend time each day in the scriptures, it's a way I can show Father in Heaven that I rely on him and seek his council in my daily affairs.