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Hi I'm Tawnya

I was raised in an active LDS home. I was divorced by age 24. I have since found joy in my home and my profession. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mom of one amazing boy. I am a teacher, and I love working with my students each day. I've always enjoyed education and was grateful that I could earn my college degrees in a field that ignites passion within me. While I was going through a divorce after just two years of teaching, it was the students that kept me optimistic and full of hope. I am aware of my potential to influence my son and others, so I pray daily that I can choose the right and listen to the promptings of my Heavenly Father. I am blessed to have a husband that supports me and understands me. Our little family strives to celebrate each other and the blessed lives we have been given.

Why I am a Mormon

While in my youth, I was a Mormon because my family and friends were Mormon. It seemed natural, and it was quite easy. As I grew, I knew that the lifestyle that the Church promoted was healthy and good. Knowing that families could be together forever, and that families should be a priority, was enough to keep me involved in the Gospel and to know that I wanted to be married in a temple. My then boyfriend joined the church and we married in the temple. But he soon left me. I was so confused because I thought I had done everything right. How could this happen? I was completely humbled, and it was then that I discovered how much my Heavenly Father loves me. I prayed, and really communicated with God for the first time. I finally shared my life with Him, and He became my very best friend. Instead of thinking that I could drag myself to Heaven, I came to understand the Atonement. Jesus Christ, my brother, could heal me because He had endured my hurt, my confusion, and my fear while in the Garden of Gethsemane. I felt like Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost always had their arms around me. After about six months of trials associated with divorce, I curled up in front of the television to watch a broadcast from the church called General Conference. I do not recall any of the talks that weekend, but I clearly remember how the Spirit enveloped me. I knew that I would be OK because I was a daughter of God. My Heavenly Father would always be with me, and I would never be alone. My decisions became a matter of faithful prayer because I knew God had a plan for me. His church provided the support I needed.

How I live my faith

Because I have experienced life without inviting the companionship of Heavenly Father, and because I now live a life where my sweet husband and I truly try to have the Spirit always in our home, I feel like I can offer a perspective that many may not know. Each person is a Child of God, and I know that God wants all of His children to be happy. I try to listen to the impressions of the Holy Ghost when I teach, so I can touch my students' lives for good. Within my ward, I serve children under the age of twelve. I love the children. When these young children come to church, our main goal is to help them know that Jesus loves them and to build their self-worth. We devote time to age appropriate lessons, we learn and sing songs that enlighten, and we begin to utilize the scriptures: The Bible and the Book of Mormon. Outside of our regular church time, I visit other women in the ward. I make an effort to get to know them and their families. I treasure the feelings and ideas that are shared in each home. The more I interact with other women, the more I know that we are all special and that we are all enduring various trials that can bring us closer to the Lord. I feel lifted after sharing testimony with the women I consider my sisters. This is a part of Heavenly Father's plan to care for all of His children. We can be His hands here on earth. I have a special work to do.