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Hi I'm Tammy

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Southern California. I love family activites, crafts, reading and spending time outdoors.

About Me

I have been married to a wonderful man for 22 years. I have 3 children, 3 step-children, 2 son-in laws, 1 daughter-in-law and 7 grandchildren. I work full-time for an insurance company. My favorite thing to do in my spare time is spend time with my family. I also love to sew, cook, read, craft and exercise. Over the past couple of years I have begun hiking and really like it. I love the opportunity to see the wonderful world that God created for us! Of course, every Sunday you will find me at church! I love to work with youth and elderly people.  I have a son that will be on a full-time mission for the church beginning in August of 2011.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic. When I was young we went to church but when I was around 11 years old we stopped going. There were several things I didn't believe regarding Catholic doctrine. Off and on in my youth I longed for a way to communicate with God. I didn't really know how to do that but deep inside I knew he was there and that he loved me and wanted to help me. When I was a sr in high school I began looking at churches. I tried the Catholic church again but still didn't believe their doctrine. I tried several other churches but they didn't feel right. I met some people through a friend. They introduced me to the Mormon Missionaries. The missionaries started telling me about the restoration of the gospel. Even though I am a pessimistic person, when they told me about the restoration of the gospel I knew in my heart it was true. As they taught me other gospel principles I knew they were true as well. And, they taught me how to pray - what a wonderful blessing that was! I decided I wanted to be baptized but was under 18 and my parents would not give permission. My father told me he wanted me to write down a number of religious questions and call a number of churches to discuss the questions. I did and what I found was that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the only church that had all the doctrinal components I really believed were correct. So, 6 days after I turned 18 I was baptized. My parents weren't happy with my decision to join the church. But, over the years my family has come to appreciate the church and the blessing it is in my life. I am grateful every day that the gospel was introduced to me. I understand why I am here, what I'm supposed to do and what awaits me after this life. I understand how my family can be eternal. I have been able to raise my children with a knowledge that they have a loving Heavenly Father and an elder brother, Jesus Christ, who paid the price so that we could live with Him and Heavenly Father eternally.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love about the church is the active role it plays in my life. I go to church each Sunday but I also am involved in church activities throughout the week. Over the years I have worked teaching and leading young children and youth. I have also been a teacher of adults and a leader in the women's organization. Each opportunity I have had to serve has helped me to grow. Right now I have several 'callings' (jobs) in the church. I am a 'Visiting Teacher' which means that I visit some of the other ladies from our ward to see how they are and to help strengthen them. I love the chance to get to know these ladies better by talking with them and serving them. I also am in charge of some of the women's activities that are held quartlery. We have activities where we learn skills, serve others, learn how to strengthen our families, be prepared for emergencies, and numerous other things. It really helps us to be well-rounded and have fun. Another thing I do is work with the missionaries teaching people who are interested in learning more about the church. I also go visit members of the church that have needs. It is wonderful to help bring the Spirit into the homes of people. I try to live my faith on a daily basis by being a kind and loving wife and mother; by being good to my extended family; by being a good neighbor; by being an honest and hard working employee; and by being a responsible citizen. There is a hymn that we sing at church that says "Because I have been given much I too must give" and that is a mantra for me in my life.

Are Mormons Christians?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints certainly ARE Christians. We acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Savior. We understand that it is through him we can receive forgiveness for our sins and have the ability to live with Him and our Heavenly Father eternally. We pray in His name. He is the cornerstone of our faith. We study the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. Both books testify of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. I have learned more about Jesus Christ since I joined the church than I did before I was a member. As members of the church we try to follow the path that Jesus lead. One of our Articles of Faith - the 13th one - says in part " . . if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy we seek after these things". I think that is part of the way we live as Christians. We are taught to love all men, that all men are children of God. We do not judge others based on their race, religion or anything else. I think because we believe that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate and distinct individals some people don't consider us Christians. Because they think all Christians need to believe in the holy trinity. However, I believe a Christian is a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and is striving to live like him. That's me. I'm a Mormon and I'm a Christian. Show more Show less