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Hi I'm Tamara

I've survived open heart surgery, I've successfully lost 50 lbs. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome and 4 sons and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I are the parents of 5 wonderful children. We have 4 sons and a daughter. Our daughter is our 2nd child and she has downs syndrome. I grew up in Utah but we moved when my husband joined the Navy and we have lived in many places since then. We love to travel and are grateful for the experiences we have had in the 13 different locations that we have lived throughout our 33 years of marriage. My husband and I love to be outside in the summer time. We enjoy cycling, gardening, snorkeling and golf. In the winter we enjoy getting away to somewhere warm, playing Wii resort for an evening escape, bowling, and game nights with friends. We love spending time with our family. Living away from our parents and siblings and wanting our children to know their relatives has made travel to return for visits a high priority for us. Now our own children are living in three different states so getting to see them and our grandchildren and still traveling to see our parents and sibling remains the most important travel that we do each year.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but like most children as I reached adulthood had to decide for myself if this was what I really wanted. I'm glad I decided that it was. The church, the gospel and most importantly the Lord have helped me through many trials in my life. Living away from my own family for most of my adult life has made me often turn to my church family in times of need. Even before leaving Utah, when our 10 mo. old daughter had to go to San Francisco for open heart surgery and we were not financially able to afford hotels for the extended stay, the church helped us get in touch with some wonderful members of the church there who let my husband and I live with them while our daughter was in the hospital. The scriptures have also helped me through many trials in my life. The word of wisdom found in the Doctrine and Covenants has been my guiding star as I have struggled with weight issues, my own health problems that include my own open-heart surgery to replace a valve in my heart and health issues my children have faced such as Crohns Disease. I love the way that the LDS scriptures are cross referenced with footnotes and a topical guide so that I can gain a greater understanding of what the Lord has taught in the Bible, in the Book of Mormon and in the Doctrine and Covenants to help us to be healthy and strong. The scriptures have also helped me to know that the trials we face in life help us to grow and to realize that we all have them. I am grateful for the challenges that I have faced in my life and for a loving Savior that has helped me to face those challenges with courage born of assurances and witnesses from the Holy Ghost, from the scriptures and with the help of many loving friends in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord doesn't always give us our challenges, sometimes they're a result of our own actions or the actions of others, and sometimes they're just a part of life but I know that He will always help us get through them!

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the chorister in our children’s organization. I love the interaction with the kids, and the beautiful songs that teach about Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father and the love that they have for us. Music is not my strong suit and I wasn't born with a natural sense of rhythm so directing music is a challenge for me to stay with the beat. I have really appreciated the people who have shared ideas and the churches website for music (http://lds.org/churchmusic/) that have helped me to learn and grow. It's really a lot of fun! I serve as a visiting teacher and assist my husband in his home teaching assignment for the church. The home teaching and visiting teaching programs of the church are my favorite opportunities for service. This is the watch care program of the church that tries to make sure that every members know there are people who love and care for them and by so doing try to share Gods love for them. The people I've served in this capacity and those that have served me have become some of my dearest friends. As a stay at home mom I have had the opportunity to assist my neighbors and friends by providing child care while their parents were at work, sick, in the hospital, tending to errands and other various activities. I love having children in my home; they bring great joy into my life. I have enjoyed many opportunities to share my talents by teaching classes for various crafts and journaling pictures etc. I’ve participated in Food Fairs to teach the importance of being prepared for times of emergency. But my favorite opportunities for service are always when I can serve one on one with neighbors and friends. I love the scripture that says: "When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God." It's nice to know that after all that God has done for us there IS something that we can do for Him.