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Hi I'm Tami

I grew up in Washington, and I am a wife and mother of five beautiful children. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom of five children and wife to my wonderful husband, and I love every minute of it. Well...most of the time! I enjoy crafting, sewing, gardening, cooking, watching good movies and reading great books. I am in the process of trying new recipes to feed to my two girls with celiac disease. Gluten free cooking sure is different, but after three years, I'm starting to get the hang of it! We are also in the learning stages of figuring out how to help our son with Juvenile spondilitis. We just found out it is anklosing spondylitis. We are thankful for the diagnosis that has made it possible to treat it much better. It is sure hard to watch our children go through hard things, but I am amazed at their strength. They teach me to be stronger everyday. I enjoy watching our children in their various sports and activities. I have a BA degree in Secondary Education, and I enjoy teaching others and learning from others as much as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon household with parents that had very strong testimonies of the church. I thought I had a strong testimony as well until I turned 13 and realized that I was relying on the testimonies of my parents and others who had taught me. My mother realized I was struggling and encouraged me to get my patriarchal blessing. The blessing made me realize that God really did love and care about me. I remember going to church the next day and singing "I Am a Child of God" in sacrament meeting. I could not sing as we came to the chorus. The spirit hit me so strongly that I, was in fact, a child of God. I decided to work on my own testimony by reading the Book of Mormon on my own. After reading for several weeks, I prayed to know if it was true. While on my knees, an overwhelming feeling came over me like a big hug and I knew it was true and the Joseph Smith was a prophet. After that, the rest of the gospel made so much sense. I love how I continually have experiences that help my testimony to grow. I know that the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know that we having a living prophet to guide us in these latter days. I know that our Savior suffered and attoned for each one of us individually. I am so thankful for the knowledge this gospel brings, and I hope that I am living up to it so I can receive the full blessings that are in store for me.

How I live my faith

I served in the primary, with the kids 18 months to 11 years, for 17 years. I grew to love it so much, and I loved being where my kids were. I served with the young women, as the secretary, and I love serving the older youth as well. The youth are so strong and brave as they try to stay on the straight and narrow path through this confusing world. I'm so proud of them. I am currently serving as a ward missionary, and I'm loving spending time with the missionaries and investigators. I am becoming braver in sharing my beliefs that I hold so dear. I am also serving as a gospel doctrine teacher, where I teach the adult sunday school class every three weeks. It is hard for me to teach adults that I know have a much more extensive knowledge of the scriptures than I do, but I try to bring the spirit into my lessons so that hopefully we can all learn something. I know that it is only through the spirit of the Holy Ghost that we learn, and I am learning so much as I prepare to teach others. I also love visiting the sisters who are on my visiting teaching route. They usually give me more strength than I give them. Serving is the best way to forget my own trials and help others. Our family has gotten much better about reading our scriptures together and saying family prayer every night. I know it blesses our family as we come together each evening to strengthen each other spiritually.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

As members of the church, husbands and wives work side-by-side to raise their children. Both roles are of equal importance, and raising children in the gospel is the main priority. We want our children to be safe, learn to love and serve each other and become good citizens. Show more Show less