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Hi I'm Tina

I teach Arabic to elementary school students and sing with an a cappella women's quartet. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think I have the best job in the world! I teach Arabic to students in kindergarten through middle school. I learned Arabic when I served in the US Army National Guard. While I was in the Army, I didn't go to war, but I did meet my husband. We have been married fro 20 years, and we have 6 children. My favorite hobby is singing. I'm a member of Sweet Adelines International, which is the world's largest singing organization for women. I sing with a 90-voice show chorus, and also a quartet. When I'm not singing or teaching Arabic, you can usually find me at the grocery store buying cartloads of food, since 4 of my children are teenage boys :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. It's a beautiful city, but also a city with many problems. There is a lot of drug use, and I could recognize the smell of marijuana and the look of someone who was "high" at a young age. I was raised Mormon, and sticking with my beliefs helped me avoid a lot of problems. I saw students at my high school go through problems with drugs and drinking, and make poor decisions that made their lives very difficult. My religion started out as simply doing what my parents taught me. As a teenager, however, I wanted to know for myself what I believed. I started to pray more often, and read sacred books like the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Reading scriptures gave me such a warm, peaceful feeling - it still does. The more I studied and prayed, the more confident I became in my beliefs. I love my Heavenly Father, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. When I try to do the things Jesus would have me do, like being kind and helpful to others, I feel His spirit in my life.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday at church, I spend two hours with a room full of sweet little children, ages 18 months to 2 years old. Parents leave their children with me while they attend Sunday School or other meetings. We sing, color pictures, have a snack, and talk about Jesus in simple terms that these little ones can understand. I also sing in the church choir, but the biggest way I live my faith is by trying to do the things that Jesus would have me do.