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Hi I'm Tawnia

As a young mother of 4, I returned to school to earn a masters as a marriage/family/child counselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I love being a mom, I felt impressed to return to school to become a counselor. The increased education helped provide for my family as I helped others. I learned many things in "therapy school" and have enjoyed "helping myself" as well. Beside work, I love to sew and currently have been making bright quilts from "left over" fabrics. I also enjoy cooking simple desserts because I love something warm from the oven. I grew up as a farmer's daughter where I learned to work hard, weeding row crops, grafting walnut trees, picking prunes, grading peaches and harvesting tomatoes. I eventually earned the chance to drive a tractor which turned out to be a little more boring than I expected. To pass the time and distract myself from the hot summer sun, I figured out how to steer the tractor with my feet so I could read---not something I enjoyed doing until faced with a boring job. I enjoy doing "energy work" because I tap into my spiritual and intuitive self for insights and answers. As a child of God, I know I am capable of so much more than I allow. I am currently using journaling combined with meditation to gain more personal understanding and growth. Life is ever changing. I see each day as a gift to explore. I am thankful to know my Heavenly Father, that He loves me, and that I will return to Him someday. I am grateful for the gospel teachings that give me a foundation for my life..

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon Church. As I look back, I realize my testimony of the gospel started in Junior Sunday School when Aunt Florence told me and all the other young children that Jesus loved us and He was in the room. I believed He was there---in spirit. That strong testimony from Aunt Florence, shared with me as early as age 3, taught me that Jesus and Heavenly Father loved me. I see my ability to love other as one of my gifts from Heavenly Father. I choose to be a Mormon because of my testimony of the gospel.

How I live my faith

One of my gifts from Heavenly Father is a loving heart. Over the years, it can become hardened at times, but staying close to my Savior reminds me to be loving. I have had the privilege and opportunity to serve women of all ages that have placed children for adoption. Although this was never a career I would choose intentionally (so much pain), I "love my girls". I see them as heroes. Their sacrifice is so often misunderstood and unseen. I see this work (helping girls that choose adoption) as a service and a chance to help hearts heal. One of the reasons I decided to be a counselor was because I knew there was so much pain in the world. When I began graduate studies I thought I could heal just by sharing love. Through school, I learned much and developed skills. I still think loving and healing is important. I see my Savior, Jesus Christ, as a healer. I hope that through my work and service I help heal or lighten the burdens in the world.