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Hi I'm Tandy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah but moved to southern Colorado at age 4 where my father took a job as a ranch manager. I am one of 9 children...2 girls and 7 boys. My mother was born on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico and is of Indian heritage while my father was born and raised in Utah. We grew up working hard and living the cowboy dream! A few of my fondest memories are centered around family times together. My father made an arena behind the cattle corrals and during the summer evenings the farmers and ranchers from the whole valley would come to rope and ride after work was done. We learned how to work cattle and ride a horse and favorite times were racing down the sileage pits at full speed trying to knock each other off as we rode...pretending we were Cowboys and Indians. My father also dug a huge pond and lined it with lights...so in the winter months after all the work was done...all the valley families came and we skated and played midnight hockey. Mom baked loads of sugar cookies and hot chocolate and we made a huge bonfire to keep us warm. I learned to love the mountains working for my brother in the San Juans as a trail guide. I am currently happily married for 25 years and mother to 6 kids. I'm not on a ranch anymore and don't get to ride horses, but I love to garden, go camping, and spend time with my children and husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up hearing the moving stories of my heritage. There never was a more devoted follower of the Lord than Ira Hatch, missionary to the Indians from the time he was a young man until the day he died, and Sarah Maraboots Dyson Hatch, our Indian grandmother who learned the gospel from Ira and was baptised. All through my family, there are many converts and they made sacrifices in gaining a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and in joining this church that they believed as I do, was restored to the earth through divine intervention. I felt at a young age something special when I heard these stories and so from a young age I knew these things were true because of what I had felt. I felt something warm inside me when my mom would read us stories from the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I knew those two books were very important and were meant to work together. I am much older now, still raising the last two of six children, and I still feel these same feelings as I read the scriptures, as I hear our Prophet and Apostles speak, as I attend Church and hear the talks and lessons and partake of the Sacrament, and as I pray. I know that the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me over and over again from my childhood to now that these things are true. I am thankful I recognized those confirmations. I learned to love and trust my Savior at a young age and I am still trying to learn and to live closer to my Savior. Hopefully I have helped my children in this process as well.

How I live my faith

I can't imagine doing anything else! This gospel, restored in its fullness by heavenly messengers, permeates every part of my life! Because I have made special covenants through baptism and through our temple to live my life by following my Savior and committing to do the things he has asked, I am constantly thinking of eternal things. Because I know we are all part of a heavenly family, It effects how I treat my neighbors, how I relate with my own family, how I serve in the community and in my church. I have served in teaching the children, teaching our youth, working with cub scouts, working with our women's group, working with our leaders, and now working in our church library. Serving in our Young Women's Summer Camp has been especially rewarding these past years. To be back in the mountains, surrounded by our Heavenly Father's creations, and feel his love for all of us while we learn skills and grow in our spiritual strength is life changing! I feel great satisfaction volunteering in our schools and helping out with my children's sport teams. It gives me great hope for our future...because there are so many truly wonderful people all around me of all beliefs and faiths that I have become dear friends with. I hope they can feel my love for them...and know that if they ever want more in their lives...there is something in this Church that can fulfill any void.