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Hi I'm Tamara Jean

I'm a mom to five, photographer, entrepreneur, blogger, and baker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a woman. I enjoy reading when I have time, whisking myself back into time in a historical fiction or discovering the future in a fantasy or science fiction book. I enjoy time spent with friends at the local cafe laughing and passing time. I occasionally enjoy a good manicure. I really enjoy camping and the outdoors pre-manicure, of course. I love music, I play the violin and I sing soprano. I like to sing along to the radio when I think nobody's listening, and in the shower when I know nobody is listening. I enjoy relaxing bubble baths, and long bike rides. I scrapbook, do family research and enjoy documenting our story. I am a perpetual student, constantly starving to learn new things. I am a wife. I married my best friend from high school and enjoy every minute we have together. I am a mother to five. They keep me on my toes and teach me more and more each day. I am a photographer, capturing moments in time and preserving them for history's sake is a privilege. I am a serial blogger, writing several blogs in different genres to keep my mind busy with new and interesting things. I am an entrepreneur running my own business as a virtual administrative assistant and website developer. I am a baker making wedding cakes and occasion cakes and everything in between.

Why I am a Mormon

It’s taken a long time to come out of my shell when it comes to talking about the Gospel. As a child, I attended church regularly until my parents divorced – when I was three. At that time my entire religious experience stopped completely. At. Age. Three. The divorce was a long, drawn out, icky mess which I do not care to discuss – and my mom stopped attending church after that, which meant I stopped going too. From time to time a well meaning friend would come and take me to church or activities etc. but for the most part I was not an active member as a child. Flash forward to age 11. I moved in with my father who no longer was a member and began attending church with some friends. I tried other religions – nothing seemed a good fit. My parents supported whatever I did and at 13 I made the decision to be baptized. Suddenly there was this whole new world of amazing people, friends, confidants – family – this just felt like home. My testimony grew. I grew. I was happy. I am happy. I attended church by myself for a while and eventually attended seminary. My knowledge of the Gospel grew and became more a part of me than I ever imagined. It was impossible to separate me from the Gospel. Impossible. I still had a core group of friends that were not members of the church, and many would ask questions to which I’d try to answer to the best of my ability. I just would answer from my heart and share the feelings that the Gospel gave me in my life. I just knew that I had the truth, and it was something I was going to hold dear to forever. This is what I know to be the truth. Jesus Christ is my Brother, and the Son of the Living God. He suffered the sins of the world that I might be able to be forgiven of mistakes and return to be with Him. Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of God in the Latter Days. Because of the Plan of Happiness – I can be with my family forever. We have a living prophet on the earth today. And I'm happy. Happpier than I've ever been.

How I live my faith

 I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the youth both in the church and in my life. I've been able to help them plan activities that encourage friendships, community and service. In addition, I am able to learn much from them as they grow and discover their own purpose in this world. Those around me know the standards that I live. They know I do not drink, smoke, or partake in harmful activities. Even when in a group of my peers that do take part in these activities, they have come to respect my faith and my choices and often times go out of their way to provide alternate activities for myself and my family at group functions. It is important to me that those around me see me and my family as disciples of Christ. We try to live our lives in such a fashion that there is not a question as to our integrity or purpose.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Tamara Jean
Personally, I see the Word of Wisdom in this light – it is a care and instruction guide for my body. Much like a vehicle comes with a set of instructions, that is what the Word of Wisdom is to me. Just as a vehicle manual advises you not to use diesel fuel in a standard engine as it may cause destruction or damage to the internal workings of your car, the Word of Wisdom advises that you not partake in substances that will cause damage to the internal workings of your body. It’s advice from a loving Father in Heaven to his children on how to keep their most precious resource in top working order. In fact the Word of Wisdom isn’t just about the things we shouldn’t partake of Coffee, Harmful substances, Alcohol, Tea and Tobacco but also full of the things we should partake of – grains, vegetables, meats in moderation. In fact, moderation is the key to all things. Show more Show less