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Hi I'm Tamara

I'm happy! I'm a wife, a mother of four, a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of nine on one teacher's salary. I ate delicious meals from home-ground wheat and home-canned preserves. We enjoyed the abundant beauties of nature while camping and hiking in our home-town state of Oregon. Today, I am a mother. I take care of a husband (and he takes care of me), and we both watch over and provide for four beautiful children. My life includes chauffeuring to music lessons, charter schools, and church activities. I also make daily meals for six hungry people (not my favorite job, but sitting down together to visit and enjoy them makes it all worth it). Other mommy jobs include some housekeeping (but, everyone helps out), Band-Aids and kisses, designated homework-helper/motivator, sorting mountains of school paperwork/mail, keeping in touch with school teachers, etc. I also enjoy chatting with neighbors over the fence when I remember to water and dead-head the flowers. One of my favorite times of day is when my husband and I go for a walk in the evenings. We walk side-by-side in the dusk or dark. I hear about his day and he hears about mine. We share ideas. It's a way to unwind and see into each other's hearts. Other hobbies I have include reading (Les Miserables is my favorite), singing, substitute-teaching at our neighborhood K-8 school, talking one-on-one with my children (whether it's working together or as I tuck them in at night), visiting yard sales, and glancing at my kitchen counters when they're clean!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who believe and follow the LDS faith. I was taught at home and in church about the Savior and His church. The reason that I am still a member of this Christian church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not because of what I heard from teachers and parents growing up. It is because of what I have felt and seen through the years. The first time I remember feeling the Holy Spirit speak to my heart was when I was six years old. It was December. Alone on our front porch, I looked up at the stars and started singing the Christmas hymn "Silent Night" to myself. As I sang, I felt a strong warmth fill my heart and at that moment I instantly felt and knew that Jesus Christ was truly the Son of God and my Savior, and that He loved me. This was the very beginning of numerous similar experiences. For me, they have often come when I am alone in prayer or just pondering on a certain teaching of Christ. Sometimes they have come to me in a church meeting or in the temple. At times I have asked for these witnesses. Other times they have come unsolicited. The feeling in my heart at these times is a mixture of strong love and peace and warmth. In addition to these feelings that come directly from the Holy Ghost to my spirit, I have recognized many tangible witnesses that Jesus Christ lives and that His church is true. I see prophecies being fulfilled in the world around me, words of living prophets being precisely accurate, and specific blessings that come to me in consequence of keeping certain of the Lord's commandments. Because of these feelings and experiences, I know that God lives. His son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior and yours. The Lord continues to lead His church through prophets and apostles. His prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. The Lord's priesthood power mentioned in ancient days is on the earth today. The prophet Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon. He was a true Prophet and that divine book of scripture is true.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by reading some scripture and praying to my Father in Heaven each day. This keeps me in touch with Him... I am more able to feel His love and guidance and recognize his blessings. His words help me remember the 'big picture'... and that life is even more beautiful and amazing than just what my eyes see happening around me each day. Knowing that my family can be a family forever... even after death... helps me prioritize my day. My wife and mommy jobs become the most important jobs I have. I'm not just making meals, helping keep a home organized, and kissing my sweetheart when he gets home from work each day; I'm building relationships that will be a part of my life forever. I want those relationships to be sweet and solid, so each day I work on them...giving hugs and saying 'I love you', teaching our children good habits, giving of my time and energy as selflessly as I can, and spending quality time with my husband. In my church jobs (unpaid assignments), I have taught young children about the Savior and His teachings through word and song. I have also taught classes for adults on various topics including marriage and family relations, gospel principles, and teachings found in the scriptures (the Old and New Testaments, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants). I also take time each month to visit a few other women in our area. We talk about our lives, families, and the Lord. These visits are patterned after the Lord's life of watching over and nurturing individuals, not just groups of people. I'm happy to share what I know of Jesus Christ and His church, and I try to live each day so that my life reflects what I believe. I also served a full-time LDS mission for 18 months on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah during my college years. My favorite scripture is in the Bible: Proverbs 3:5-6. It continues to be a guide and comfort to me.