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Hi I'm Tina

I am from California. I love tennis, teach high school math, travel, and I love being a mormon.

About Me

One of the greatest experiences that I had to solidify my beliefs in the gospel of Jesus Christ was my opportunity to serve a mission. As I knocked on doors, I shared my feelings for Jesus Christ with those who were interested. It was an experience that changed my life. I recognized the principles that I needed to improve as I taught the teachings of Jesus Christ. I remember meeting a lady who didn't want to talk about any of the different topics I presented. I decided to say a little prayer in my heart asking my Heavenly Father what he thought she would like to talk about. I became concerned about her demeaner. I asked her if she was Ok. She clearly stated that her husband had died a year ago and she was still having a hard time. Then all of a sudden I was prompted to say something which I felt might upset her. I asked her anyway. "Would you like a hug?" She agreed. She opened the screen door and we hugged. I never saw her again, but I knew she understood that I cared about her and so does Jesus Christ. That experience proved to me that Christ lives and loves us all. He also knows others needs better than we do. I try to remember this as I teach school. I let them know they are loved. We all are!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the testimony I have of Joseph Smith. I know that he was a living prophet just as Moses was in the Old Testament. One of my friends had turned 8 and was being baptized. After the baptism took place a movie was shown for the rest of us to watch. It was called, "The First Vision." I knew what it was about, but I had never seen it in movie form. At 7 years old, I watched the struggle that Joseph Smith had in deciding which church to join. I had compassion on him even as a little girl. Joseph Smith actually witnessed Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me by the feelings I felt that this experience truly happened. I was overcome with love and emotion. I have never forgotten this experience. The next major experience I had was regarding the Book of Mormon. As a missionary I was constantly giving Books of Mormon to people I had met. I had read the Book of Mormon many times and had always thought I had believed it to be the word of God. One day an interested individual asked me why I knew the book to be scripture. I couldn't say anything. I realized then that I didn't know for sure. I had just believed it because others had told me so. I didn't know for myself. A few weeks later my companion was really sick and we couldn't leave the apartment. I decided to do something I had never done before and that was to read the book cover to cover. I read the book for two straight days. With a prayer in my heart, I wanted to discover if it was actually the word of God. On the second day, while reading in Mosiah, I felt the spirit confirm to me of its truthfullness. I know that the prophets I was reading about wrote those words and lived on this earth. These kinds of experiences have kept me close to the Lord and my faith. Opportunities like these continue to come as I serve. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This church has helped me to become who I am. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith daily. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints teaches us everything we need to know to return to our Heavenly Father. I try to be kind to those around me. That includes those who I love and respect and even those who I do not. When I look at others as my brothers and sisters I seem to have more patience with them. It is not my business to judge others. That is the Saviors responsibility. I love working with the youth. I work with them at school and I have worked for years with the Young Women's Program. The youth of today are bombarded with filth everyday. It can be at school, on T.V., movies, etc. I recently had a conversation with one of my math classes regarding drugs and alchohol. I proudly stated that I had not partaken of any of them. They did not believe me. This discussion still bothers me today. What kind of world have we created for the youth of today? I was recently with three of my nephews for a birthday celebration. All three received gifts from me. A little football was given to the youngest. They were throwing this football to each other in a parking lot when the football ended up falling down into a drain. The boys were so upset. They were concerned about me. I had just given the gift and it was already lost. They could see it in the drain, but they could not reach it. These three boys two 12 year olds and one 10 year old discussed amongst each other how they could get to the football. They tried to find sticks that could reach down the drain to the football but nothing worked. Those three boys then decided to pray when they couldn't think of anything else to do. After they prayed they found a long branch that had enough leaves to grab the football and bring it back to the surface. They were so excited that using the power of prayer in their lives really worked. They were jumping up down as they told the story. It was like they had just won the superbowl! Living my faith works!