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Hi I'm Tina

I'm a mom, a teacher and an author. Oh, yeah, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a certified elementary school teacher, but I choose to stay home and teach my three young sons. I write children's books and I'm working on my first novel. I enjoy trying new things, especially new recipes. Music, eating, sleeping and family: that's what I'm all about. Our family loves spending time together- we go hiking, camping, bike rides, on walks almost every evening, family vacations and more. I'm learning a lot about myself as a person, as I stay home and be mother to my three little guys! Most days it is so exhausting all I want is bedtime to come! But, I love what I do, and it is definitely worth it! Ok, so I haven't actually had any of my books published yet, but who doesn't like to dream?

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family and I couldn't have asked for anything better. I have very fond memories of parents who love me, siblings and cousins who became my best friends, and love-centered traditions. I chose to stay Mormon because of the happiness the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings into my life. I know that I am a daughter of God. He loves me and He will help me reach my goals and achieve my dreams.

How I live my faith

Yes, I go to Church, every Sunday, for 3 hours. It's my choice and I enjoy it. I work as a Primary chorister during two hours of it: that means I get to teach music to young children. I absolutely love this opportunity. I read scriptures and teach of Jesus Christ to my little boys. We pray in the morning and at meal times and night. I do these things because of the joy that I feel and the security they bring. I try to serve my neighbors- not just because that's what we're asked to do, but because it makes me feel good. Who doesn't enjoy a homemade dinner when you're feeling sick? I know I do, so I try to do those things for my friends and neighbors. I'm not perfect- very far from it! BUT, I do try to be a good person. I'm not ashamed to be a member of the Mormon church. It's what I believe, it's who I am!

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Tina
Mormon church services are inviting. On any given Sunday, in any given church building, one will hear words from Christ. Sometimes you will feel very welcome from the members of a ward. Other times you might feel secluded or left out. Those are the people. People make mistakes. People are busy with their families, their schedules and their work. People don't mean to make you feel left out. The gospel of Christ is inviting. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Tina
It is a simple formula for love in marriage. Relations of a sexual nature should only be held between a husband and wife who are legally married. It should remain this way. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Tina
The church strongly advocates that mothers who will not be able to care for their babies in a proper, loving and caring way, consider adoption to a family who can. Abortion should only be considered in the case of extreme danger to the mother, and even then with great prayer and pondering. Show more Show less

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

Tina
Comfort. The biggest blessing I have seen in my life, through the gift of the Holy Ghost, is comfort when I'm feeling sad. Comfort when I need a friend Comfort when I don't know which way to turn. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Tina
Family is the most important thing to Mormons because that's the way God designed it. Why does everybody in the world have that longing to belong to a family? It's because that's the way it's supposed to be. Why are children born to a mother and a father? Because that's the way our bodies were created, because it is the way God had planned. It is a bit ironic to me that the people we love the most are usually those whom we are the hardest on. But, it's no coincidence that those people, our family, are also the ones who understand us the best, who loves us when times get hard, and who we want to be with. That's because that's the way it is meant to be. Families are eternal. Eternity can be a mind boggling topic. But I like to think of it this way- When I fell in love with my husband and agreed to marry him, I loved him so much, I would have been happy to follow him anywhere. As our love and family has grown, I'm no longer happy just to follow him anywhere- I will follow him everywhere! AND, I would not be happy for our love to only last until "death do us part." I love him too much for that. As the children have come, I realize that love that only a mother can feel. I have not lost a child, and hope I don't have to experience that any time soon- however, I understand that our family does not end at death! We will always be a family! It's an eternal networking system. If everything else in my life failed, as long as I am true to my family- I will have that love there! Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Tina
The scriptures say to have Faith in God and Jesus Christ. Faith can be so abstract. I like to think of it in terms of trust. Say you're worried about a move to a new town. How do you know it's the right thing to do? How do you know you'll be able to sell your house? How do you know everything is going to work out? My family is going through this situation right now. It's hard. It's scary. And all I can think of is to have faith in God. Or, in other words, trust that your life is in His hands, and that He knows what is best for you. When we decided to take the job in another state, we felt in our hearts that it was the right choice. We prayed about it, we made a decision based on how we felt- from the Holy Ghost. But now that that decision is made, so much of it falls back on my faith. Yes, I know that God is real. I know that He loves me. I know that He wants what is best for me. There are so many small details that need to be worked out, and I can worry if I want, but it's not going to do me any good. I have to have faith, or trust, that Heavenly Father will help things work out the way they are supposed to. So, to make a long story short. If we put our trust in God, and rely upon Him for every needful thing, then we do have faith in God. It's not really so abstract after all! Show more Show less