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Hi I'm Tucker

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Northern Utah but have lived outside of Utah most of my life.

About Me

I am retired after 35 years at IRS and 7 years at DC government in returns processing. I've lived in Utah, Central California and Northern Virginia. I now live in Western North Carolina. My wife and I have 5 children plus a foster child who is sealed to us. We have 15 grand children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but my father was not active in my youth. I lived in a small Mormon community in Utah until I was 22. I moved with the IRS and soon found that I had to rely on my own faith and testimony. We were quite poor as our family began to grow. We learned early that paying an honest full tithe was not about money, it was about faith. As we were faithful in donating to the Church, we weren't rich, but we always had enough. My wife and I tried to apply gospel principles to our own life. These were principles such as scripture study, family home evening, family and individual prayer and service. We worked on family welfare farms cutting grapes for raisins, cleaning out barns on dairy farms and harvesting fruits and vegetables. These were activities we shared with our children as we taught them the value of hard work. I know the Atonement of Christ is the most important blessing/gift that the Lord has offered me. I continually try to understand this principle and utilize it in my life to improve myself. I can't be perfect in all things, but I can be perfect in some things and try for perfection in all things. I know that my Savior lives, that he died for me so that I can be resurrected and if I live right, come back into the presence of my Heavenly Father. I know that Joseph Smith Jr. saw in a vision our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, His son. I know that through him, the full Gospel was restored to earth. The authority he received to do that has continued through modern day prophets down to and including our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I have learned to love service. Furthermore, my wife seems to find ways to serve others in ways I couldn't imagine. My wife is a registered nurse and while we were living in the DC area, read a notice in the newspaper. Foster parents were needed for a severely physically and mentally handicapped child. She called me at work and asked what I thought about volunteering; after separate and joint prayer, we volunteered. Our foster daughter came into our home at one month of age and lived with us until she passed on at eighteen months of age. She never grew to more than six and a half pounds (3 kilograms). She never spoke a word, seldom smiled and usually didn't like to be touched or held. What she did however, was unite our family, brought love into our home and had a profound affect on us and many others who met her. After her death, we were able to enter the temple with our remaining family and by proxy, have her sealed to us so that she will always be a part of our eternal family. After retirement, my wife and I were able to accept a mission call to serve as managers in one of the Church's storehouses. For 3 years we oversaw the organization and operation that distributes food and other commodities to the needy. We distributed Church grown/produced/and purchased items within a 100 mile radius. Bishops send in food orders and we fill these either by walk-in service or by distribution using the Church's refrigerated truck to satellite locations. In addition, Bishops request humanitarian commodity donations to local non-profit organizations. These are coordinated through the bishop, with approval from other local leaders and can be done annually. All of this work is done through volunteer workers who staff the storehouse and through the efforts of many people who volunteer their time. It is so gratifying to be able to provide help to those that may be temporarily or permanently unable to provide for their own basic necessities.