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Hi I'm Tanya

I have many hobbies. Some of them include singing, sewing, cooking, and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family of teachers and nurses. Since I am a bit squeemish, I opted for the teacher route. I have a Master's Degree in elementary education. Earning it prepared me for my most important job - motherhood! I have a young son and daughter that keep me on my toes! I love to read. It is almost like an addiction so I have to limit my reading time or the laundry would never get done. I love to cook. I am an expert at making homemade caramels. The great thing is that once I've put in all of the effort to make the treats, I don't want to eat them. My friends score lots of goodies that way! I love to sing. I am constantly humming some tune or another (much to the consternation of my 5-year-old)! I find time to craft every now and then and chronicle my attempts on a blog. I just stay busy!

Why I am a Mormon

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. We all go through life making mistakes as we go, and hoping to leave the world better than when we entered. I've made poor choices, done things that I've regretted (sometimes almost immediately), but throughout it all, I knew that the gospel principles I was taught as a child were true. I knew that my Father in Heaven loved me. I knew that Jesus suffered for my sins. I knew that the Holy Ghost could guide my footsteps so that I could make correct choices. I have felt despair. I have felt sorrow. I have felt pain. These feelings are a part of life, but so are their counterparts: hope, joy, and love. These feelings, when delivered by the Holy Ghost, are so deep and so fulfilling that they completely displace the negative. I am a Mormon. I live this church's principles because I know that they will lead me back to live with my Heavenly Father someday.

How I live my faith

I have been very busy as the choir director for my ward these last 4 years. I love the sacred hymns in our hymnbook, and I love the spirit that they bring to our church meetings. I have a hard time speaking about my feelings, but I can always find a song to explain what is inside. I had the opportunity to sing at a funeral last week. The song chosen was "Be Still, My Soul." The words were written hundreds of years ago, but their comforting message communicated across the centuries. As I sang with my siblings and uncle over the casket of my father, I knew that I would see him again, and the words of this sacred hymn comforted my aching heart and my sorrowful soul in a way mere words cannot. I am thankful that the LDS church makes sacred music a priority in all of their meetings