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Hi I'm Tina

About Me

Greetings! My name is Tina. I love fresh air, beautiful flowers, newly fallen snow, crisp apples, blueberries off the vine, wild rivers, still lakes, sunshine and the smell of freshly mown grass. I also love spending time with my children and reading with them. In my opinion, Motherhood is the greatest responsibility and joy that has come to me in my lifetime. Other accomplishments that I am proud of include a J.D., Masters of Environmental Law, and B.S. in Biology. I love to learn! I also love the practice of law and hope to have the opportunity to return to it once my family is grown.

Why I am a Mormon

The first chapter of the Book of Mormon begins "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents . . ." I feel that I, too, was born to goodly parents who loved and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the traditional age of eight and grew up fed on the faith and examples of my relatives and members of my community. This was a great blessing, but one that I took for granted. As I grew into adulthood, I began to feel that the doctrine I had grown up with was too constricting and I began to make choices that were not in line with the standards of the Church. The changes I made in my life were very subtle at first. I never doubted the existence of God nor His love and concern for me, but I did, unknowingly, drift further and further away from Him. It was not until I had a daughter of my own that my heart began to turn back to the faith I had known as a child. My husband was not a Mormon, but he also felt it was important to teach our daughter about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because we came from different religious backgrounds, we decided to take our new family to several of the churches in our new community to find one that was a good fit. We enjoyed the fellowship of many good people. However, each time we entered the Mormon church in our area a strange thing happened to me; as I sat listening to the talks given each week during sacrament meeting, tears would stream down my cheeks. There were some lectures given in other churches that I found very intellectually stimulating and there were other messages filled with goodness, but none made me feel the love of the Lord like the simple messages I felt during those sacrament meetings. My return back to becoming a fully practicing Mormon didn't happen overnight, but it did make me appreciate the truths and doctrines I was taught as a child. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has touched my heart and mind in so many ways. I know God lives. I know He loves us. I know that Jesus Christ is His Son and our Redeemer. I know that the Holy Ghost is an important part of the GodHead. It was He who filled my heart with so much love that I couldn't stop crying during those first sacrament meetings back and it is He who continues to testify of God's love and of the truthfulness of His gospel. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and I love it. I know it was written by prophets of old for our time. I am also grateful for the Bible and the teachings that are found within it. I know that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God and that our church is led by a living prophet today. President Thomas S Monson was an Apostle of The Lord when I was much younger and I remember how much I loved hearing his stories during the Church wide conferences then. Today, I still love to hear him speak. The Lord continues to bless my life as I apply the counsel he gives. In Summary, I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those prohibitions that caused me to wander no longer seem constraining, rather, they are the very things that liberate me and make it possible for me to be the individual I want most to be.

How I live my faith

I teach the 3-4 year olds each Sunday. Their class is referred to as the "Sunbeams" and each one of them truly is a bright little being. With five boys and three girls, they keep me on my toes. We sing and play as we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though I am the teacher, there are often times when I am deeply touched by the sweet things I learn from these little children.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Certainly not! However, we do have great love and respect for him. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. We believe in Christ and try to live our lives in harmony with His teachings. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Individual missionaries pay their own expenses. Many begin saving for their missions when they are young children. Families and members of the congregation may also make contributions for a specific missionary or for the general missionary program. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No, individually and collectively Mormons try and help those in need irrespective of lifestyle, race, nationality, religious or political affiliation, or other differences. Show more Show less