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Hi I'm Tani

I have lived in Washington State for most of my life. I love my role as a stay-at-home-Mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As most of us already know, the role of "Mother" incorporates many other identities, such as nurse, driver, counselor, cook, etc. My favorite of these is "guide." I love taking the journey with my 2 preschool-aged boys. As we explore the world around us, we discover the goodness of God together. The past year has brought financial hardship to my family and I have debated about returning to work to help support my family financially. Yet, my thoughts are continually turned to my children -- tending to their needs, and sharing in their development. I know that if I return to work now, I will NEVER get these years with them back. I know that our Heavenly Father blesses us for the sacrifices we make for His children. Day by day, my family does not go hungry. We are not homeless. Our needs are met, even when the finances don't work out on paper.

Why I am a Mormon

Fellowship in this church has largely built my resume. Through the opportunities to serve in this volunteer-based ministry, my self-confidence has grown. I learned public speaking from a very young age. Teaching children, teenagers, and adults, has helped guide my understanding of our Heavenly Father's plan for each of us. I have (to some degree) developed leadership skills and learned the art of delegation. "Who I am" is largely due to membership in the Lord's church. I can "be the best me" by following His plan for me.

How I live my faith

Right now, I participate in my church on 2 levels. Firstly, I teach the children in my ward songs from the Children's Songbook. These are beautifully written messages about the Savior and the role He plays in our lives. Hearing the children sing back to me words such as, "...if I listen with my heart, I hear the Savior's voice" brings me peace and fulfillment. Secondly, I organized a food drive on a regional level that brought in around 6,000 pounds of food to local area food banks. This was my first opportunity to organize something of this magnitude, and I learned a LOT from the experience, including the importance of publicity and inspiring others in the Lord's work.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

For a Mormon, your testimony becomes who you are. It drives you to be the best YOU. A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an individual by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a Mormon’s testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infinite Atonement; that Joseph Smith is a prophet, which God called to restore Jesus Christ’s church to the earth; that we are led today by a living prophet; and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored on the earth today. Show more Show less