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Hi I'm Tina

I am a wife, a step-mother, an aunt, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a surgeon, a weaver and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently started my second half-century of life, and my experience has been that every year gets better. The highlights of my first 50 years included lots of time spent in school (17 years of post-high school education & training) and work (I'm a physician and surgeon and professor of surgery at the medical school where I teach). The pinacle moment, however, was when I married my husband Emerson in 2002. Sharing a life vision with him has been like moving from black & white to technicolor. My hobbies are travelling, knitting, weaving, reading, and playing with grandchildren. I never had the opportunity of have my own children, but I have been blessed to have many children come into my life. My husband has 3 children who I love as my own and I have 16 nieces and nephews who have also been an important part of my life. Now they are starting to have children of their own and I count all of these as my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and baptized at the usual age of 8. Even though my parents were practicing members, when I first turned 8 they wouldn't let me be baptized. My Dad said he thought I was just "following the crowd" and I needed to demonstrate that this was something I wanted for myself. That experience made me realize that I needed to pay attention and learn for myself if what I was practicing and believing was "true". My testimony has grown slowly but surely through the years. Since that 8 year old experience, there have been many times when I have had to act on the principles I learned in that instance - to study a question out in my mind, read from the scriptures and writings of prophets and others, and prayerfully ask my Heavenly Father for guidance. Each of those experiences has confirmed to me that my Heavenly Father lives, loves me, knows me personally, and that he wants me to be truly happy. He has provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, and the more closely I can follow him the more joy I find in my life and the less fear. We are here to learn from our own experience how to choose good from evil, that is the Plan of Salvation. I am grateful every day for this opportunity to grow in the light of the gospel.

How I live my faith

This year I am teaching a 6:00 a.m. Old Testament class to high school students. I love the Old Testament; being able to unfold to the class how the gospel of Jesus Christ weaves through the stories of these ancient people is energizing to me. In my work I meet, everyday, people who are ill and often frightened. I try to reach out to each of them in a way that I think the Savior reached out to those he taught and healed. Of course, I fall far short of that ideal, but I continue to strive to add those characteristics to my own life. I have had the joy of working with amazing people who have helped me overcome bad habits and replace them with behaviors that have made my life much more joyful. The word Repentance means "to turn" or "to change". I have had to repent of many destructive mannerisms in my personal relationships over the years and this has allowed me to turn toward God and to change in a way that has brought far more joy into my life. I am grateful for friends and family who have been willing to forgive me and allow me the room to grow in the gospel.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

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