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Hi I'm Tammy

I'm a bookworm and a sci-fi/fantasy geek. I love my family, strolling the flea market, and being in nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am am the baby of 7 kids and an aunt of 15 nieces and nephews. Growing up in a large family was amazing and my older siblings are some of my best friends. I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews exploring and catching the latest movies. I grew up in Washington and am constantly amazed at the beauty of the nature around me. We have beaches, forests, rolling wheat fields and even a bit of a rainforest...and it is all beautiful! One of my brothers convinced me to read a Sci-fi book when I was about 14 and I was hooked; this lead to a job in a bookstore, 2 jobs in my college library, and a degree in English Literature. A bookworm to the core I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi most often but will read anything of worth I can get my hands on. My interest in sci-fi and fantasy started with that same book and blossomed from there...books, movies, tv shows, comics - you name it and I've probablly geeked out about it at some point. I love going to the theatre and I've been known to sing a random showtune now and then. Though I'm done with my degree and working a nice Monday through Friday job at an office I still love learning. I've decided to take classes in things that interest me. I started by taking some cake decorating classes about 2 years ago; now I'm taking stained glass classes. One of my favorite things to do is visit the vintage shops and flea markets. I get excited about finding the perfect piece that I can use in a practical way. It's my own personal treasure hunt!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converts to the church around the age of 20. I was raised as a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints by loving parents who encouraged me to find out for myself whether or not the gospel is true. As a teenager I don't know that I knew the gospel was true...I believed that it was, and I knew that I was happier and more at peace with myself when I was living a righteous life. I had felt the Holy Spirit in my life as a calming yet encouraging influence when listening to a reliegious piece of music or studying a section of scripture. Being able to feel the influence of the Lord in my life was a beacon to me and I knew I didn't want to do anything that would make me incapable of feeling that peace. In my early 20's two friends of mine passed away. I'd experienced the deaths of older family members but never of anyone my own age and it shook my faith. I had learned and studied what the scriptures teach about eternal families and life after death...I wanted to believe, but my heart hurt so much and I struggled. At that time I prayed as I don't think I had ever prayed before. I communicated to my Father in Heaven all of my pains and fears and asked for peace. I didn't feel a sudden peace and my pain wasn't taken away. However, in the days that followed I was able to deal with the pain and a calming influence within me gradually built. Though my prayer wasn't answered with the immediacy I may have wanted then, it was answered. Through this and other experiences I've come to know that our Heavenly Father answers prayers and that the Lord Jesus Christ did atone for our sins that we may become clean and free of sin. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ did not come to me all at once. I didn't have an 'aha' kind of moment, but through the Holy Spirit I have received a quiet confirmation of the things I've studied and practiced. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ to be true.

How I live my faith

Within my congregation I currently have the opportunity to serve as the president of the womens organization. The group of women I work with are all 18 to 30 years of age and single. The women's organization in the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints, also known as the Relief Society, is the largest women's organization in the world. Within this organization are women from all walks and stages of life and we all learn from each other as we strive to serve others, become better people, and recognize our potential as daughters and women of God. I take joy in serving with these women that I have come to love and in getting to know each woman individually. My faith in my Savior and my Heavenly Father gives me hope and makes me happy. I love sharing my joy with others. There is such negativity in the world today, it effects us all. I've made it a daily goal to consiously seek for the positive things in situations. It is deffinatley not always easy, but I have found that it is always worth it...even if it is just good practice at changing your perspective. I'm able to practice this at work by being involved with the activites commitee which works to promote a more positive environment and atmosphere in the workplace. Along with this I have found that a heartfelt smile does wonders to help alleviate, or at least lessen, the stresses of day to day life.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Tammy
A testimony is the things of the gospel that a person knows which have been confirmed or reaveled to them by the Holy Ghost. Often given as a declaration, the things we have a testimony of are the things we have a belief of, a faith in, or have come to a knowledge of through the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) relaying them to us in our hearts and in our minds. Show more Show less