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Hi I'm Tamara

I am a mother, wife and friend. I am a marathoner, triathlete and fitness instructor. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. I worked as an Economist and Financial Analyst before becoming a full-time mom to my three beautiful children. Since I was dragging my kids to the gym anyway, I decided to become a fitness instructor a few years ago and love helping others achieve their fitness goals. That snowballed into a drive and desire to challenge my body as I competed in running races, including four marathons and in triathlons, including an Ironman 70.3. While the physical benefits from the many miles of training abound, my most-cherished results came from the invaluable friendships and the strengthened bonds with my husband that were formed in the process.

Why I am a Mormon

If I were anything other than a Mormon, I would deny the very essence of my being. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought indescribable happiness in my life. Amidst the chaos and turmoil of the world, my faith brings me peace and stability, based on an eternal perspective and a knowledge that God loves me. He loves me enough to send his son, Jesus Christ, to atone for me; He provides a living Prophet so I will never go astray; He gives me the Bible and the Book of Mormon to read daily; He bestows his Spirit on me so I am never alone or afraid; He has built temples so I need not fear death, knowing that I can live with my husband and three children forever. My religion, faith and testimony are the most beautiful gifts and treasure that I possess, and I long to share them with those I know and love.

How I live my faith

Like marathons and triathlons, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not for the faint of heart. In addition to attending three hours of church services each and every Sunday, all members of the congregation are asked to fulfill a special (unpaid) job. My current job or calling is President of the young women, ages 12-18 who live in our area. We meet together on Sundays and have a special activity during the week, which focuses on strenghtening our faith, developing skills and serving others. As adult women in the church, we are also assigned several women to visit at least once a month to ensure all the needs of our members are met. I attend the temple at least once a month, and our family sets aside one night during each week to focus on spiritual aspects While many of my friends marvel at the amount of time and energy my religion requires, I know that I have received more than I could ever give. The love I have developed for those I serve and for the Lord