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Hi I'm Tanja

I grew up in Arizona and also lived in Virginia for nine years. I enjoy running, swimming and traveling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona in a family of 7 children. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and earned my Masters Degree in Language, Reading and Culture. I taught kindergarten before having children. I am married and have five wonderful children. I have run 7 marathons and am training for my 8th. I have also participated in triathalons and also completed a half iron-man. I will never be the fastest by far, but I enjoy the challenge. My family lived in Virginia for 9 years while my husband was in medical school and residency. It was hard being so far away from our immediate families, but we loved our time in Virginia and still consider it our second home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home where we attended church every Sunday. My parents did not have much money, but they gave me something far greater...love. They loved me enough to take me to church every Sunday. They loved me enough to teach me about my Savior and his Atonement and taught me that I can be forgiven of my sins. They taught me through their example and I am so grateful to them for the happy and stable childhood I had. Now as I am a mother too, I am so blessed to have the Gospel in my life. It helps me to be a better mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. The standards of the church help keep myself and my family safe from the temptations exist in the world. It helps teach my children to be modest and gives them standards by which to live their lives. Every good thing in my life can be directly linked to living the Gospel daily in my life.

How I live my faith

On Sundays when I go to church, I work with the Young Women. I help them learn about their Savior and his life and how to follow his example in their own lives. This is important because the youth are faced with pressures that I did not face while growing up. It is important for the Young Women to have role models and it is important for me to set the proper example. I live my faith by having integrity in my daily associations with people. I try my best to always set the kind of example I would expect my kids to set for their peers. I try to always be mindful of the example I am setting because your actions are much more powerful than your words. I am grateful that I have the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ, to show me how to live my life.