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Hi I'm Tamara

I'm a mom. I'm a musician. I'm a runner. I'm a wife. I'm an artist. I'm an entrepreneur. I'm a writer. I'm a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Originally from Alaska, I have lived in the Phoenix area for about 16 years now. My life consists of my husband of four years as of this July (Yes, we got married in Phoenix in July – it was crazy hot!), our two dogs, a cat, and our brand new baby boy. I graduated with a bachelors in psychology in 2007 and will complete my Master in Business Administration from this December. Fortunately, I love to learn, and I am excited for this new direction in my life. Who knows what wonderful journey I'll be lead to next? I am very active in all areas of life. Besides working, figuring out how to be a mom, and completing my graduate degree, I am the piccolo/flute player for the East Valley Mormon Choral Organization, a teacher/leader in the nursery at my church, a real estate agent, and a small business owner. In addition, I also help to organize many of the social events in our very close-knit neighborhood. In my spare time (what is that, again?), I love to spend time with my fabulous husband and baby, read and write, travel, practice yoga, dabble in interior design (my house is my canvas, and I’m loving decorating the nursery these days!), go to shows (both movies and theatre), spend time in my garden, and either work on crafts or build things. My husband and I also participate in cycling and running together, and I recently participated in my first competitive event - the 200-mile Ragnar Relay in SoCal in April of this year.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't have a dramatic conversion story or single life-altering event - my life has been pretty boring. I come from an average family, growing up in middle-class America. I never even went through a rebellious stage in my youth with an inspirational "prodigal son" style return to faith. My process in building my testimony has been a subtle ongoing process in my life and still continues each day. Today, I feel the love of my Heavenly Father in everything that I do and everything I experience. I am aware of His touch behind every emotion I feel, from the joy in my love for my brand new baby boy to the sorrow for the loss of a friend or loved one. I know that I only experience these things because He gave me the gift of being human, of being alive. His spirit brings me a new found level of excitement, passion, love, and empowerment, as well as peace and well-being, allowing me to actively participate in all the wonders of life, because I exist. My faith is an anchor in my life, a connection to a higher level of existence. With so many negative influences in the world, I am incredibly grateful to have the Gospel in my life and all the power and comfort that it brings. I may not have all the answers, but I know just what I need to know for this life. I know that I am a child of God, and that He loves me with the most perfect love imaginable. I know that He takes an active role in my life, that He knows me and listens to me and wants me to be happy. I know that my Savior died and was resurrected for ME, so that I can return to the Father - because I am worth it. I know that through Christ I can be exalted and gain eternal life. Most of all, I know that my family will be together forever.

How I live my faith

I'm one who believes that church isn't just for Sunday. That isn't to say that I attend church meetings all throughout the week (although sometimes I do!), but to me, religion is part of my entire life. I can't pause my physical, mental, or emotional self - they are always there - so why should my spiritual self be any different? The Gospel is about truth, regardless of whether we classify it as "sacred" or "secular." If something is true, it is part of the Gospel. Knowledge and truth are good, and everything that is good is of God. Likewise, my faith isn't just about going to church or participating in "spiritual" activities. It is my entire life. It is going to the park, spending time with my family, reading a good book. It is how I interact with others, whether it is a customer or coworker, a friend or relative, or a stranger that I will never see again. It is how I want myself to be better today than I was yesterday. My faith is about love. It is about service and compassion and everything good in the world.