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Hi I'm Tina

I'm a wife and a mother and I love to learn new things.

About Me

I grew up in the Western United States. I am the fourth child in a family of ten. I studied Mandarin Chinese and Asian studies as an undergraduate, then after a mission to Hong Kong, I returned to the US to get my PhD in Chinese Literature. After a time of balancing my personal academic interests and our family responsibilities, I decided to just focus on family, leaving the academic world for later in life. Now as a mother, I focus more on the practical day to day skills needed to help meet the needs and wants of our six young children. I love to learn new things and develop new talents. I am training for a marathon next month. I enjoy teaching, cooking, playing the piano, and learning about nutrition and health. I enjoy talking with my family on the phone, and most of all, spending time with my husband and our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe it is the surest way to happiness. One of the most exciting parts of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the principle of eternal or endless progression. I always like to be improving myself and working to become a better person. I know that it is only because of Jesus Christ that I can continually improve and increase in ability and knowledge. I did grow up as a member of the LDS Church, but as with all members, the choice ultimately becomes personal. I have found that the closer I am to God the happier I am. As I read my scriptures, pray earnestly, and seek for and follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost in all aspects of my life, I am at peace with myself and those around me. As I cross into the middle-aged time of life, I find myself both surprised and comforted to know that we all are faced with challenges and difficulties. Though unique in many ways, they all seem to serve to help us gain experience, strengthen faith and compassion and ultimately become more like Heavenly Father. Being a member of this church has shown me the way to find the peace and joy I seek.

How I live my faith

For me faith is not an abstract principle that people just talk about, it is a concrete motivating power that strengthens, calms, and guides my daily actions. Life seems to be pretty busy for me most of the time. I guess I'm one of those people who likes to constantly be packing things in. This can be a challenge when the time is limited and the tasks and responsibilities seem endless. However, I've found that if I keep my priorities straight--if I make sure to stay close to the Lord through daily prayer and scripture study--I have a clear idea of how to spend my time and energy. The church provides opportunities to serve with official callings. Right now, I serve at an administrative level to support local youth leaders who work with the youth in planning activities. I occasionally get to chaperone dances, speak in church meetings, and offer support with other youth focused activities. However, beyond my official church responsibilities in this calling and others that I've had, my faith is best expressed with day to day actions. For me, living my faith means that I try my best every day to be obedient to Jesus Christ's teachings. It also means that when i stumble and make poor choices, I look to the Savior for strength and forgiveness and try to do better. The peace and strength He offers are real. Living my faith also means that I try to offer strength and support to those around me who need help, be that in emotional, physical, or spiritual ways. Sometimes those people are my children, my husband, or other family members, but sometimes they are also friends, associates, or even strangers. I believe we are all God's children and because of that, I have a responsibility to care for and love those around me. My faith sustains me in all I do.