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Hi I'm Tanya

I am a singing, taekwondo practicing, artsy/craftsy mother of five, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of five--four girls and one boy. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Family Science and a double minor, in Spanish and Clothing and Textiles. I've been married for 17 years. I served a mission in Mendoza, Argentina. I love to sing, sew, paint, read, cook, organize 'stuff', practice taekwondo and spend time with my family. I am the oldest of six children, and I 'was born of goodly parents'.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents divorced when I was five. While they were separated, my mother began taking the missionary discussions. Feeling that she and my dad would get back together, she waited for him to hear the discussions. They did remarry, when I was six. My dad, having been raised in the Catholic faith, decided he would accept the missionaries' challenge, thinking he would 'show them a thing or two'. When he prayed about the Church, he felt very powerfully that he should join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so the next morning, he awoke my mom (it was Sunday) and said to her, "All right, where's your church? We're going." They never looked back. I rode their coat-tails...so to speak...for a while, until, as a teenager in high school, I decided that I needed to know for myself if what I'd been learning was true. I started reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it, and as I read, I came to know for myself that what I was reading was true. It has blessed my life ever since that time. I served a mission in Argentina, sharing the gospel with the people there. I married in the temple and as we watch our children grow up with the gospel in their lives, I am so grateful for this blessing. They are good and they try so hard to do what is right. I love finding them on their knees in prayer, or reading the scriptures, without any prompting from me. As I look at the world around us, every day, I am grateful that I have the blessing of knowing truly, for myself, who I am, and where I came from and where I am going. As challenges arise in life, I am strengthened by this knowledge and grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for His constant, watchful eye.

How I live my faith

I am our ward choir director, music chairperson, and I teach once a month in the adult women's class on Sunday. I also visit teach three sisters in our ward, which means I visit with them at least once a month to talk about the gospel and see what their needs are, if any. I love teaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ--and I love singing about it even more! Music has such a powerful way of touching us so deeply, and it increases my faith in our Savior whenever I sing about Him! I share the Gospel with others at every opportunity that I can find, because it has meant so much to me in my life, that I want others to feel the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives as well.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

First and foremost, Missionaries will talk about Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Redeemer. They teach about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. They will talk about how families can be forever and the blessings that come to us through living righteously. Show more Show less