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Hi I'm Tanya

I grew up in Oregon. I am a mom to three teenagers and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am married and a mother of 3 teenage children. We've moved several times over the last few years so that my husband could go back to school. There were some challenges and trials during this time, but the benefits have far outweighed them. We are a stronger family, we have learned new skills and have met so many wonderful people of all nationalities. I love to read, cook, play board games, entertain, and spend time with my family. I like to find bargains at thrift stores and yard sales. I like to create new things from old and love scouring the antique shops. I enjoy good music, but am not very musical myself. I struggle with anxiety, but have learned over the years the coping techniques that work best for me. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into a family that was already active Mormons. I grew up learning and living the gospel. However, I think we all reach a point where we must decide for ourselves the path we will follow and what means the most to us. Perhaps more than one point in time. My greatest challenge came when I was married with three children and my youngest screamed for what seemed like 90 of his awake time. My anxiety levels were high, I was going through depression and panic attacks. Going to church was really hard for me. Just being around large groups of people was hard. I couldn't sit in a class or meeting for long before my youngest made it impossible for me to stay. I wondered if it was all even worth the effort. Some Sundays I did stay home, but I could feel a difference in my life. Even when I simply made it into the church building and walked the halls with my child the entire time, I had more peace and my week went so much better. I knew then as I know today that my Heavenly Father knew my struggles. He loves me and can see farther into my future to know that this challenge would not last forever. I was surrounded with people who helped me, listened to me and sustained me during this time. They never gave up on me even when I was "grouchy". There are times and seasons for everything in our lives. Many years later, I have different struggles, but my faith continues to sustain me. I renew and strengthen this faith each week as I attend church and partake of the sacrament. I am so grateful for the counsel we receive from Heavenly Father through our modern day Prophet that help guide my life and help me to be a good parent for my children. I know the plan of salvation. I know that my family can be together forever. I know that I do not have to be perfect and that through the atonement of Jesus Christ I can repent of my sins. I know that my Heavenly Father and elder brother Jesus love me and will always be there to council me, strengthen and sometimes even carry my burdens when they feel too heavy. This brings indescribable peace to my soul even when I am facing challenging times. What an incredible blessing this is.

How I live my faith

 I serve in the presidency of our women's organization. I help coordinate service and enriching activities, classes, and help teach homemaking skills. I am also frequently involved in our youth program. I love being able to work with these kind, caring and courageous women and youth.

What do Mormons believe about family?

 We believe that the family is central to our Heavenly Father's plan for us here on earth as well as into the eternities. As a church, we work towards strengthening this family unit. This is especially important as Satan tries and is often successful in pulling it apart. We believe we can be together as a family throughout eternity. We believe that a husband and wife work together and share responsibilities. We each have a role to fulfill, but we strengthen each other and are equal partners. There is no place for domination, abuse of any kind, or treating women as inferior. Our families and our homes a sacred and must do all we can to strengthen and lift one another. We work together to teach the gospel to our children and help them learn to live their lives in accordance with our Heavenly Father's commandments. Our church provides support and strength to this cause. Show more Show less