Hi I'm Tammy
I was born and raised in California. After high school, I went to college where I graduated after a few years with a degree in English Education. I was involved in the normal activities in high school and college -- track and field, hanging out with friends, and being with my family. I have taught middle school and high school English and Speech/Debate. I love to read. I have read hundreds of books. Some of my favorites are Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and of course, Harry Potter! I got married in the Sacramento Temple, and was married for almost five years when I went through and got a divorce. My ex-husband and I have a beautiful little boy. I am lucky to be a mom and teach him every day how to be a good person and for me to be an example to him. My family and the gospel of Jesus Christ are the most important things to me in the whole world.
Why I am a Mormon
Both my parents were Mormon when they had me and ever since I was born I was taught and lived the Mormon religion. My parents were sealed in the temple for time and all eternity, so family was an important part of our lives. I think I have always held onto the gospel because of the wonderful examples all around me. It hasn't always been easy, with all the evil in the world, but when I continue to study the Book of Mormon, say my prayers, go to the temple, and attend church each week, it makes it better and worth it to keep on the right path. I have chosen to be a member of the church because as I followed and looked up to my parents example, I came to know the truth myself. I studied it in my own heart and mind, prayed if it is true, and now I know it is for myself. Now that I have my own son, I see the extreme importance of example and living my life in such a way that he will always know goodness and truth. I also know we are sealed to each other for time and all eternity in the temple of God, so that keeps me going knowing that we can be together forever.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon answers my questions about things that are happening in my life. It doesn't matter what the problem is, I can always find the answer in the Book of Mormon. I can know the will of my Heavenly Father by studying from its pages. I feel like I know God better because I am reading His words. What does He want me to do? I can find those answers in the Book of Mormon.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
The past year has been a hard one for me. I have gone through a divorce and moved to another state to start my life over. I had a to get my teaching credentials in California, find affordable daycare for my son, get a job and many other things. I have had numerous "mercies of the Lord" as I like to call them. First of all, I applied for a program in California that helps pay for daycare for single parents. I was told the waiting list was long and there was no funding from the state. I was in a hard place because I had to work and my son had to be taken care of. After I found a wonderful job at a high school, I received the phone call that they had an opening in this daycare program. Then a few weeks after that, I received the letter that I had received my credentials in California, a process that usually took months, only took a month to get done. I have no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father's hand was in all of those things. My son has a great daycare he goes to, one that is owned by a good family friend. He loves it out there. Some other things that show my prayers have been answered is getting a summer school teaching job when I really needed a job. I also had to take a big test in order to officially teach in California. I only had less than a month to study for it and I prayed and prayed before, during, and after the test. I just found out a few days ago that I passed it. I know with all my heart that God listens and answers your prayers, even when you think its impossible. My whole life this past year has been one miracle after another.
How I live my faith
One of the greatest things about the Mormon church is that we have the opportunity to serve and grow. All members of the church have the opportunity to be home or visiting teachers. I have chosen to partake in that calling, and I am currently able to visit three wonderful sisters in my ward. It is a wonderful blessing in my life to visit with other women and serve them in anyway I can. I also serve as youth Sunday School teacher. I love that I am able to study the scriptures each week and teach the youth. I know the youth need good examples and they need to be taught by the Spirit. It is hard, but so worth it to teach them and be around their excitement and zest for life. If there are special needs in our church, for example, if someone just had a baby or if someone is ill or just had a surgery, we have the chance to make meals for that person and their family. I love those chances to get out of my comfort zone and help those around me. Plus, I get to cook, which I love to do!