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Hi I'm Tamara M. Chamberlain

I grew up in Merced, California. I adore my husband and four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy mother of four children. I love to stay active doing the things that make me happy. For example, I love to go bike riding with my family, love to snow-ski, and I try to play the piano everyday. I love to accompany my husband when he sings. He has an amazing voice and I just melt every time I hear him sing. I am also writing music for our church which has become a very creative outlet for me. I used to dance and perform in college so to keep that up I take an Irish Clogging class every week. My daughter is also in another clogging class and we get to perform together at her dance recital every year. I am super active in my kids lives---I help at my son's football games, am involved in the PTSO, and I am constantly driving them to music lessons, sports practices, church activities---you name it and I'm driving them there! When I get a moment to myself, I really love to read and do online scrap booking. My husband and I are heavily involved with the BYU Alumni here and we love giving back to a university that literally changed our lives. I say that not only because I met my husband in a religion class there but also because BYU was a place where I learned so much about myself and where my testimony flourished.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all of my life. I truly believe that the moment I absolutely knew for myself was when I was a teenager and attended Especially For Youth. I grew up in a small town where there weren't very many Mormons and to see a huge gathering of them at EFY strengthened me in so many ways. One particular night, there was a musical presentation about Jesus Christ. As I watched the slide show and listened to the music, I felt something so strong, so real, and so powerful. My heart was so full with the Spirit of the Lord that I literally looked around to see if anyone noticed that something was happening to me. From that moment on, I have always strived to keep that testimony alive. When things seem to get a little rough, I know that's when I need to step up my commitment and raise the bar as to my daily habits that help me remember why I am a member of His church. I love the way my life goes when I choose to follow my Savior with all of my heart. My marriage is better, my children are happier, and there is a peace that is hard to describe that comes with a full desire to have His Spirit in my life. I am so blessed in so many ways. I am thankful to my Savior for blessing me with the Book of Mormon. I believe that the words in that book are true and were written for our day. Our family reads from the Book of Mormon everyday and the lessons we learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, have blessed our lives. I am also thankful for a modern-day prophet who can give me counsel about raising my children, strengthening my marriage, and living a more full and happier life. I am eternally grateful for temples and that my marriage is for eternity and not just " 'till death do us part." Having that knowledge helps me see my family as an eternal unit that can last forever and helps me feel linked to my ancestors in a very special way. I love this church with all of my heart. I am so proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my community through helping with my children's schools, sporting events, and participating in various service projects that are organized through our university alumni association and our church. I recently worked with the Cub Scouts in the Wolf Den (8 year old boys) which was an awesome experience. Currently I teach a class for women on Sundays that helps us to follow the counsel of past and modern day prophets. We discuss such topics as: Eternal Marriage, Raising Responsible Children, and Fortifying our Homes with the power of the scriptures and prayer. My husband and I work quite often with the teenagers. Since we are both musically inclined, we are quite often asked to help put on musical productions for various youth programs. This brings us tremendous joy and fulfillment as we help these amazing kids to feel the Spirit through music. We have teenagers come to our home and record songs they have written or just to sing songs that inspire them. Through the years we have made a few CD's that include their own talents and it's something that these teenagers cherish for years. My husband serves in a leadership position for our area and it has been such a blessing to our family having him serve in that capacity. We get to see him first-hand bring people back into the fold of Christ and through repentance and baptism, change their lives completely. There is nothing better than witnessing the baptism of a new member of the church. I love to serve in this church. It brings me great blessings and the efforts that are spent on my behalf are always replaced so quickly with the blessings I receive from my Father in Heaven.