Hi I'm Tamara.
I grew up in a busy household. We were musically talented, voracious readers, and physically active. Our family valued education. We had big gardens. We worked hard. I loved biking and being with friends. In college I majored in computer science. I worked as a programmer for a university. I established a new family with my husband. Now my new home is starting to get busy. I have three beautiful children. I still enjoy music, reading, and being active. I assemble food storage recipes, keep journals, play the piano and sing, and am learning to sew better. My favorite thing to do is to be with my family.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because it's the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that it is. And I know that it's true. The Holy Ghost has testified to me of that reality. My most impressionable years were spent in Massachusetts. When I had lived in Utah, almost everyone was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Massachusetts, I saw much more variety in churches and beliefs. But as I grew older, I was bothered by my friends who just went to a given church because their parents did. Some of them didn't even really believe what they were taught, but they attended because of tradition. I decided that I couldn't live like that. I wanted to know the truth so I could follow it, regardless of what changes I would need to make. It was during this search that I decided to follow the counsel to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I am grateful that Moroni's promise is found at the end, because it gave me time to read through the whole book. And through this experience I found myself building a relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. It was an unintended consequence that I am so grateful for now. I love the Lord so much more because I searched the scriptures and found Him. When I got to the end, I followed the challenge to pray about it. I received my witness. I felt the Spirit's confirmation. It was strong and undeniable. I had already found the truth, and every day I am thankful for that knowledge.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Like so many things in life, making right choices becomes a habit. The more ingrained making correct choices is, the easier it becomes, even if the choices themselves become more difficult. It all starts with the little decisions -- being honest in the little things, keeping appointments, apologizing when mistakes are made, being kind, and essentially doing what you know that you should. Decisions build character. Making good decisions forms a character to the point where making bad decisions can become difficult.
How I live my faith
I help church and activities run smoothly for the children (ages 3-11) in our church unit. My most constant responsibility is to assign two children each week to share a favorite scripture and two to give a brief talk on a given topic. I am always so impressed by the knowledge and understanding that comes from these children, even though many of them are very young. My gratitude also extends to the parents who work with them and coach them. Even though many things I do are secretarial, I am privileged to join the meetings with the rest of the leaders. They are women of faith and ability. Together we discuss the needs of the children, teachers, and families. We work consistently. We solve problems prayerfully. We adapt as necessary. It is wonderful work, and I am grateful for it.