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Hi I'm Tanya.

I grew up in the mid-West in the 60's. I've been married 34 years, and raised a daughter and two grandkids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the mid-West, sometimes living on a farm. My parents both went through the Depression, so I was raised with a strong work ethic, pay as you go, and took nothing for granted. I always had some religious training, but not until my parents heard the missionaries did we go to church full time and learn so much more about the scriptures. I enjoy interior decorating, flower gardening, and although retired now, keep active by walking daily, doing yoga five days a week and strength training. My husband and I have been married for 34 years come May (we met at work). We have a daughter and two grown grandchildren which we raised. We also have two BIG dogs which we enjoy. We don't entertain much, but do enjoy being with family and just spending time together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church beginning about age eight. When I became a teenager I thought to look at many other religions and ideas, sort of a life journey thing. I grew away from the Church for about 15 years. During this time, however, nothing I read, nor anything taught anywhere else, sounded as true to me. It was as if all the things taught in the LDS church always rang true, as if I remembered them from long ago. I returned to the Church in the mid-80's after having toured the Denver Temple during their open house (when everyone can go inside and learn more about the church). Upon leaving the Temple that day, I knew where I needed to return. It was funny because I always knew the Church is a way of life, not just a periodic Sunday meeting, or Easter and Christmas. But I also knew with every fiber of my being that it was and is true. I have always been thankful for a patient and forgiving Heavenly Father, and I know of His joy (as well as my own) upon returning to the gospel. I have never looked back, and pray daily that I may continue to grow and learn. Nothing else has given me so many answers to the questions I always had. The more I learn, the more it just makes sense.

How I live my faith

I try to set an example before my family as well as neighbors and people I meet. My husband and I raised our grandchildren, and always talked to others about the eternal family perspective that members of the Mormon Church have, and how this affected our raising of our grandchildren. I have talked about my religion to people working at the grocery store, etc. I have "worked" several years with the children in the church, and love them and have learned much from their trusting, unbounded love! I love being a visiting teacher. A visiting teacher is really just being a real friend to a fellow woman or women in the church. Basically, we get to know them, share our testimonies, see to their needs (they often help us more than we help them!), just serve them as Christ would have us do to one another. The men of the Church do the same usually with their wives and this is called home teaching. It is always a blessing to know that you can count on the people of the church, through thick thin, though the good and the bad. It is also comforting to share a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and have a shared eternal perspective of life here, as well as where we came from and where we are going. Fellow members can help us when we need encouragement, sickness and all that comes with life. I love this Church! It is everything to me. I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and that faith helps me to keep trying each day to be a better person.