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Hi I'm Tina

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For much of my life I've been a salmon swimming up stream. I went to junior high and high school during the turbulent 60s, the era of feminism and free love. While others my age dreamed of professional careers, my goal was to marry and make a home for a large family. I went to college where I met my future husband. Together we have raised six children. They're all grown now and have brought other wonderful people to our family: sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and 10 energetic, talented grandchildren. It's been a great blessing in my life to have spent countless hours with those grandchildren. They're fascinating people, and I cherish the memories we've made together. Two of our grandsons currently live with us. One is finishing high school, and the other recently graduated and is working while he decides what to do with the rest of his life. My days are spent much as they were when my children were still living at home. When I can I love to read, sew, keep up with what's happening in the political arena, and travel. A friend and I spent 10 days in China in 2008. I would like very much to go back. I also love to learn. I dropped out of college to marry, but went back and finished my degree at the age of 50. College as an older adult was so enjoyable, I may yet pursue graduate school.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in Utah, I'm not a typical Utah Mormon. My parents have never been active in the faith. It was my grandfather who introduced me to the Church. When I was 3 years old, Grandpa began taking me to Church with him. By the time I was 5, I knew that I could only be happy if I lived by the principles I was taught at Sunday School and Primary. I knew that God was real, He knew my name, and He watched out for me. This put me in an awkward position. God didn't have a place in my parents' lives. I felt like an outsider in my own home. I didn't exactly fit in at church either, because I was there without my parents. That didn't matter so much. I knew what I knew: That God exists, He loves all of us, and there's a purpose to life, which didn't begin at birth and doesn't end at death. The gospel of Jesus Christ makes sense of mortality. It teaches us who we are, where we came from, and what we're capable of becoming. It's an immovable anchor in a world of increasing chaos. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the core of my life. I pray regularly, study the scriptures, and attend church meetings every week. Currently I play the piano on Sunday for our women's meeting. In the past, I have been a teacher to children, youth and adults. Teaching is the calling I enjoy the most. It motivates me to study harder and dig deeper in order not to waste the time of those I'm called to teach. Because Jesus Christ is the head of our church, I strive to pattern my life after His. All of us are children of God. That's something I try to remember in whatever situation I find myself. I want to testify to others by what I do and how I behave that I acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, and I choose to follow Him.