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Hi I'm Tamara

I'm a college graduate. I'm a proud Idahoan and love working with my hands. I'm a volunteer and I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

Hi! My name is Tamara, I'm a college graduate, I studied music and horticulture and am looking at continuing my education in horticulture. My interests are vast and many, I like to run (though am not very fast), work with my hands-I feel very fulfilled after a day of physical work, I've become better at working in an office-like setting, but I prefer to be out and about-I also enjoy volunteering in our local elementary schools. I've recently found a joy of hiking. I also enjoy a little dancing (swing, ballroom, ballet) I'm not a pro by any means, but can be found either at swing dancing at my local college or may be caught dancing to music while I work. I also enjoy singing and playing music. I know what it's like to lose someone close to you, my father passed away recently, and I miss him. But I can tell you that there is comfort in the Lord, and because of His life and sacrifice, I may see my father again. If we all live in accordance to the doctrines and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we may dwell with our Father in Heaven again with our loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I was raised in the same. However, there comes a time for everyone when you have to begin to stand on your own and come to understand for yourself what you choose to believe. In thinking of my own conversion process, I am reminded of the Savior's words to the Samaritan woman at the well: "...Whosoever drinketh of this water [of this well] shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (St. John 4:13-14). I have found that I have never had to thirst in the Gospel. The teachings, the ordinances, the covenants we make, the organization, all lead to Christ, and in His way. In this Gospel, as I live worthy and in accordance to the doctrines thereof, I may have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, teacher, comforter, one who may bring all things to my remembrance, and who has prompted me from time to time to do or say things that I know do not come from me. I feel my Savior's love and presence as I serve in His Holy House, our temple. I feel it as I search for answers to difficult questions that I have. I have felt it as I have taught- doing my best to prepare and to feel and show charity,the pure love of Christ- knowing that Christ knows everyone perfectly and what they need to hear, and I know that there have been times when it was the Spirit who taught, not I. There is a wholesomeness in this Gospel, and the power and authority of the priesthood, which is the power of God on the earth, which gives to seal on earth and heaven and to fill more perfectly the needs of other Children of God.

How I live my faith

I've volunteered in various positions in the church: music coordinator for our Sacrament meetings, to being a visiting teacher, I've been a part of our Single's Ward's Relief Society Presidency-an organization for women in the church that encourages learning, growth, and service. I've also been a teacher, family history coordinator, and a ward missionary. I've also volunteered in our community and love working with the youth. Growing up, I was a part of the 4-H program in our county. As an adult, I have volunteered to help with the youth in that same program.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is God's power and authority that has been given to man on earth to act in His name. It is the same power that was given to Peter when Christ was on the earth (Matthew 16:19) and the same power by which Elijah performed all of his works as well as all of the prophets in ancient and modern times. However, as prophesied by the apostles, there would be a 'falling away' (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3) (what is commonly called the great apostasy) before Christ would come again. Due to this 'falling away', the priesthood needed to be restored again, and was thus restored thru the prophet Joseph Smith (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng starting with verse 68). Those bearing the Holy Priesthood may have the authority and power of the priesthood as they follow the commandments of the Lord and strive to become like He is. Some specific commandments for how a priesthood bearer ought to strive to act is found in Doctrine and Covenants 121:34-37. See https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/121.33-40?lang=eng Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

We can come to know our Father in Heaven and His love for us as we pray to him with sincerity and look for his hand throughout our life. As we pray to see His hand and influence in our life, we will start to see those things-which are evidence of His love and concern for us. Also vitally important is that we follow what he has commanded us to do. In following the commandments of our God we come to know who He is and come closer to Him. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The word of wisdom is just that, a word of wisdom from our God. I mean, you get an opportunity to recieve some tidbits of wisdom from One who knows it all, why not take it? It entails living in a healthy way and taking care of your body by eating the right foods etc. It also prohibits some specifics such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and harmful drugs. All this so that we can enjoy clearness of mind and run a much lower risk of addictions in all their forms. Addictions bind and enslave, and God warns us of certain things so that we may be more free in our abilities to choose. That is how all of God's commandments are, they may seem binding and restrictive, but in the long run, we are blessed for our obedience and are truly free. Show more Show less