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Hi I'm Tanis

I love children! I have worked as a registered nurse with a pediatric specialty for twenty years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my greatest joy. My husband and I just celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary. We are waiting in great anticipation for a grandson to be born this November. I work at the local children's hospital, take one college class at a time in the evening to finish my bachelor's degree (it's only taken twenty years right!), read, sew, cook, and serve in my church calling.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was an active member of the LDS church when I was small. I remember going to to church and being babtized when I was eight years old. Shortly after that we stopped attending because the only day my father had off was Sunday and Mom decided being a family was more important that going to church. I didn't have any further contact with church until I was an adult. I made a friend in our neighborhood who was an active member and we really hit it off. My life didn't include church but she didn't pressure me and we became close friends. About a year after that I had a beautiful baby girl who became very sick at age 3 months. She needed a liver transplant and I went to California with her for 4 months. My friend was there for me every step of the way. Meals were provided for my husband and son, caring hands helped us manage in every way possible. I saw the LDS church use love as an action verb. It occurred to me that if these people were willing to treat total strangers with so much love and kindness that perhaps I should consider whether the gospel message they shared could be true. Our little princess died of her illness and I could not rest until I found out where her sweet spirit had gone. Our family started attending church. I learned of our Heavenly Father's plan. Where we came from, why we are here, and where we will go when this life is finished. I came to realize that God knows me very well and gave me so much support in my time of need in the form of other people.

How I live my faith

Because of my experience I realize it is vital to serve others. We are Gods hands on this earth. I serve in the church with the Young Women at this time. The Young Women's program provides beautifully taught lessons about the value's our Father in Heaven wishes us all to have such as faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, integrity, and virtue. It feels so good to have the tools necessary to make choices based on God's values instead of just what the world thinks. I also feel privileged to work with the little children in the hospital. I try very hard to do my best for each of them.