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Hi I'm Tommie

I grew up in Tennessee where my family has deep roots. I'm a wife and mom. I volunteer in my community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my sweetheart for 30 years. We met in college over a spilled pack of chewing gum. I'm a mom to 5 children. We've homeschooled them for the past 15 years. I'm an active volunteer in my community in several organizations. I enjoy reading, needlework, gardening, genealogy research and challenging myself to learn new things.

Why I am a Mormon

When I think about it, I'd been looking for the true church long before I found it. When I first read the Book of Mormon, I saw it as a history. It felt right and seemed to answer concerns and questions I'd had. Then, as we are instructed in James 1:5, I asked God about it. I've lived the gospel and I've tested it. Through troubles and joys, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are still true.

How I live my faith

This isn't a church for "Sunday Christians." You've got to get out there and live it. I've spent a fair amount of time teaching homemaking skills classes at church. I've also spent quite a bit of time working with the children. I think it's important that we be active in our communities. A lot of people don't know much about Mormons and think we're somehow strange compared to the rest of the community. I've gotten involved is several community clubs and service organizations. I may be the only Mormon some folks ever knowingly meet and I want to be a good representative for Jesus Christ.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Becoming self-reliant allows us to be freer from the control of influences outside our home. The loss of family income, famine, sickness, etc. can stretch a family's resources. When we prepare for emergencies in advance, our burden is lighter. Show more Show less