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Hi I'm Tabitha

I grew up in Utah, but left my heart in Ukraine after 2 yrs there. I'm an Elementary school teacher, wife, friend, and a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up as third in a family of 12 kids--3 girls and 9 boys. I grew up in a loving atmosphere with an extreme love of learning and life. I was encouraged to reach for the stars, and have loved trying to do so in numerous ways. It's my passion to learn to do everything and anything. At 3 I began to dance (tap, gymnastics, ballet and drill), and continued seriously (sometimes believing I would do so professionally) until I was 14 or 15. At an early age I also grew to love camping, hiking, swimming and sports like soccer (later JV), soft-ball and volleyball. I learned to play the flute when I was 11, practiced hard and held the top chair most of the time. My mother taught us just the beginnings of piano, and I can pluck out simple arrangements if needed. One of my favorite past-times was the way our family would sing constantly--while doing dishes/chores, early in the morning, or simply to make another smile or laugh. I worked HARD in school (doing all of the above plus leading service groups, etc.) often getting only 30 min-3 hrs. of sleep per night throughout high school. But I graduated with my associate's degree, went on to get my Bachelors in Elementary Ed from BYU a couple years later while interning in the 4th grade in Orem. I fell in love w/Ukraine's people as I served there on an LDS mission for 2 years. After returning home, I was surprised by meeting the man of my dreams, am now am married and teaching 6th grade Math & Russian, 5th Flute and 1st grade.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents are both also strong Mormons, and I grew being taught after the teachings of the church, this is by NO MEANS even half my reasoning for being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My life has been blessed and wonderful, but not easy. To each person is given his/her own problems, and to those whom much is given, much is required. I won't go into great detail on my own troubles, but let's simply say that they were often trying, and difficult, especially in my early years. Growing up, I always felt a great peace and belonging at church. My questions were always answered, and the answers always made sense in real-life. They were immediately applicable--so clearly seen in the world around me. My beliefs were not just an affiliation, not just a group to belong to, not just something in which I followed after my parents, but it was something that I saw and felt for myself. My testimony was one that I owned--it was mine. Times came later when I had exhausted all of my worldly resources, and was finally forced to my knees in tears with questions of "why?" "how?" or "what do I do now?" Every time my prayers were answered. Somehow, time after time, the peace, the wisdom, and strength to go on came. If you have never felt your heart filled to the brim with warmth and joy overflowing after utter emptiness, if you have never felt unseen arms wrapped around yours which are trembling, if you have never come to the end of your rope, only to find it magically lengthened to meet at least one more day, then perhaps you do not understand what I mean. But I'm sure that each of you has felt, has seen, and understood the depth of human ache and confusion. The gospel became for me my lifeline. The means by which I could breathe, and continue living each day. Just as truly as any science experiment, proven, and proven time and time again. Feelings of peace and confidence simply came--so strongly that I simply knew. I simply know.

How I live my faith

We are not strange. Just normal people who live normal lives, who love and laugh at normal good, uplifting things. There is NO part of our religion which includes anything harmful, too difficult to do, or wrong. In fact "if there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after THESE things." I love the church activities. We love to celebrate together. Whether it be individual, group, or country successes. Youth activities supported me with wholesome activities and friends all my growing up. I have often had "callings" or set assignments given to church members in church. Perhaps I taught various groups of children, perhaps I led music for the women, perhaps I acted as a ward missionary. By choice, I served 2 years teaching others about the church in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. I loved it! I loved the people, the opportunity to serve and see people find what they had always sought. Mostly, however, I loved the strength which it gave to my own testimony. In a world of half-atheists and half Orthodox Russian believers, and open youth, my beliefs were attacked and questioned day, after day. But, when questions were asked, answers were always found. When someone did something unkind, I somehow loved them, and longed to help them all the more. When dangers arose, I felt strangely protected, miraculously saved time, and time again. :) Currently, I teach classes for little children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years of age. I love to see the vigor of the children as they learn about their Savior's love, and sing songs of goodness and of God. Even at such a young age, it just seems so right, it makes so much sense--it's life at it's fullest. Truth is truth, life is life, God is God, which is one. This is my life.