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Hi I'm Tamara

My name is Tamara. I am a 60 plus year old mother of 8 and grandma of 11. I am married to my best friend. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mom to 4 boys and 4 girls and a grandma to 6 girls and 5 boys. Yes, they do call me "the out of control grandma." We have supported the children in any activity from sports, to scouts, to high adventures, traveling, and just plain having fun. Music is a huge love in my life and I have played since I was 8 years old. I love walking, trying out new healthy recipes, working on being better prepared in all areas of my life, traveling, reading, sending cards, remembering birthdays and special occasions, decorating for holidays, and doing family history. I also ahve helped hundreds of people extend their own family trees.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my early ancestroy joined the Curch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early 1840's and 1850's and came to America from England, Scotland, and Denmark. They made huge sacrifices by leaving family, friends, the the comforts of their lands. One 2nd great grandmother Elizabeth Crook Panting Wilkes Cranney came with the Willie handcarta company in 1856. She was promised by Wilford Woodruff (who had baptized her) that if she was true and faithful she would arrive in Salt Lake city safely. Times were strenuous, but she and her 6 year old son and 1 year old daughter arrived with faith stronger than ever. Her example is one I truly want to follow. Even though my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and second great grandparents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I still had to study, read, and pray to find out its truthfulness for me. I love the Book of Mormon and read it daily. These truthful words have sutained me through the roller coast of life. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and is our Father. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and the Redeemer of the world. His precious gift of the atonement makes it possible for us to repent and to live again with our families after this life. I know the Prophet Joseph Smith was a true prophet and helped restore the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the earth once again. I know President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet and leads us guides us during these dfficult latter-days. I know the Book of Mormon is true and the most correct of any book. We can get closer to Christ by reading it than any other book. I also love the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I am grateful for the Priesthood that has been restored to the earth. I am grateful for temples that now dot the earth. Going to the temple each month is one of the highlights of my life. I know that by living the commandments we are truly blessed.

How I live my faith

Each day I read my scriptures, try to serve through being a visiting teacher, help take women to their meetings, to the food bank and Senior center, and do a lot of visiting. I volunteer once a week in our Family History Center (about 1 mile from my home) and help others trace their family roots. As a 21 year old, I left Brigham Young University and served a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will alaways be one of the highlights of my life. Yes, we do believe "in the gift of tongues" and I felt fortunate to serve with these wonderful people in a foreign land. Over the years I have played the piano and organ for church meetings, served at Girls' Camp, taught: the nursery aged children (18 months-3 years), the Primary children (3-12), the Young Women (ages 12-18), and served many times with the women in our Church. I love that we have an inspired "network" of people who are always looking out for us. I have two women that visit me monthly (and many times more often) that are called "visiting teachers." My husband and I also have two men that come monthly to check on us. (our home teachers). I have helped with service projects, cleaning the church and the temple, helping sort clothes for people in the community at the start of the school year, tended children, taken care of elderly women, taken in meals to the sick, helped teach organizational and homemaking skills to the women, worked at one of our canneries canning personal food and also food to go worldwide to help those in need. I have collected food to give to others in our community, worked on service projects, made quilts, etc. I do try to follow the Savior's admonition, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Our religion is not just going to Church on Sunday, but encompasses everything we say, do, and think.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Throughout history, God has chosen prophets to teach the gospel and direct the activities of his Church. Just as it was important in the olden days, it is imperative for us to be led and guided by a prophet today. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and we have had a prophet since Joseph Smith was martyred in 1844. Today we are led by President Thomas S. Monson. I know he is a true prophet, called for this time. Show more Show less