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Hi I'm Tanya

I'm a college professor, a single mom, a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a professor at a community college where I teach English and Reading. I am also going to school to get a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. I'm a single mom of an amazing 9-year-old boy who keeps me busy. We love to spend time reading together, doing crafts, playing games, watching movies, and doing anything outdoors. We also seem to collect a lot of animals. So far, we have 2 rabbits, 2 dogs, a cat, 2 aquatic turtles, a parakeet, a cockatiel, and lots of fish living in our house. Outside, we have 4 box turtles. Friends tease that they bring their kids over to the petting zoo. All of our animals are rescue animals, and I'm sure we'll end up with more throughout the years!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into the LDS faith. My mom is a convert to the Church. She started dating my dad when he was going through a time where he wasn't very active. Even though my dad wasn't active, he had a strong testimony of the Gospel. My mom began questioning how someone who didn't even go to Church could still feel so strongly about its beliefs. She called up the missionaries and began taking the discussions. She was soon baptized and began attending Church regularly. My dad soon joined and is now very active in Church as well. Growing up, the Gospel was also in the forefront of our lives. I had the opportunity to attend many different churches with friends and to attend Bible study at several churches. From a young age I knew that what I was learning at my own Church, the LDS Church, had more information to it than other churches had. The wonderful leaders of the different churches I attended were doing they best they could to interpret the Bible and follow its teachings, but I knew from an early age that they were missing something. The LDS Church believes in modern revelation. We believe the God still speaks to us today through personal revelation and through a Prophet. God doesn't expect us to try to figure everything out ourselves. Just as He provided Prophets for people anciently, He has provided us with a Prophet in our day to lead and guide us. This revelation is one thing that sets us apart from other religions. Through the grace of our Heavenly Father, we are able to gather more clarity on spiritual topics. He loves us and wants us all to return back to Him after this life.

How I live my faith

I work hard to live my faith by following the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spent a great deal of His time helping those in need. I do a lot of service for others and am involved in several community service organizations. I require students in all of my college classes to also participate in community service as a major assignment for the class. One way that I help our community is by joining up with another religious-based group called Matthew 25 Ministries. This group works to gather food and other supplies to give to the poor in our area, but also across the border in Mexico. Together, we have made agreements with local farmers and orchard owners to allow us to glean after the major harvesting is over. The food we glean is then taken to those in need. We also have food drives in local communities to gather additional food supplies to give to the poor. Every Tuesday, several of us get together to organize the food for delivery and take it directly to the poor individuals. I live my faith by working with others who are doing good. I don't believe that Mormons are the only ones making a difference. There are many wonderful and amazing individuals out there who realize the difference a single individual can make. When we team up, it's amazing what we can accomplish. Following the example of Jesus Christ is the only way to help rid the world of suffering and sorrow. I do my best to aid, support, and protect my fellow beings no matter where they live or what kind of life they live. We are all VIPs to our Heavenly Father, and He wants us all to return to Him again. I try to see Christ in everyone I meet and treat them accordingly.