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Hi I'm Tamra

I am a daughter, friend, teacher, and a wife. I am a Mormon.

About Me

About me... well, I grew up in a small town. I left that small town to attend school in a much larger city so I could teach. I graduated and became an elementary school teacher. I just married the man I met after moving to the big city. I enjoy being crafy and LOVE anything outdoors!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town. This town was founded by Mormons and was predominantly a Mormon town. In fact, my ancestors were one of several families that settled into the area being sent by Brigham Young. Somewhere along the line, my father seperated ties with the church. My mom (not being Mormon) loved geneology. Because of her love, I always had an interest in my ancestors and their work. I went to the LDS church 3 times as a youth, but always went back to the church I was currently going to (which changed almost every few years). I had several friends and their families ask me why I wasn't a member, because anyone that ever met me always thought I was a Mormon. I would just laugh the idea off and say, "I am happy where I'm at." Little did I know what Heavenly Father had in store for me. I moved to the city and met my husband at my job. He was Mormon. Within a month of moving, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I wanted to move back home, but they wanted me to get my education so I stayed. Through this event my husband (just a coworker then) and I had a mutual bond because his sister had passed away from cancer 8 years earlier. Life happened and our work situations changed. We didn't see each other for 6 months. After those 6 months, we almost immediately began dating. Shortly after, my father died. He and his family helped me through this tough time because I wasn't at home with my mom. Fast forward 7 months and we broke up. I fell apart. My world was in shambles. I had to find a church home again. My feeling was to "go back to my roots". I began attending the LDS church in July and was baptised in September. As of today (3/17/13), I have been a member for 2.5 years. I have loved every minute of it! Though I may feel inadequate because I do not feel my conversion story is special or that I know enough to even compare to other members, I am continuing to learn and grow and I know this church is true because of eveything I have experienced.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith... I live my faith by working with others in church. I visit with several women in the church on a monthly basis to see how they are doing and if they need anything, I have helped plan activities for the ladies in my ward on a monthly basis, I have supported the teachers in my ward by providing my service in the library, I have taught young women principles and virtures they should be living by, and most recently I work with the missionaries in my ward help people to know the truth of this church. Outside of church, I try my best to live by the standards set before me. As crazy as my schedule always seems to be (and I am not even a mom yet), I do things that lead me to happiness and that I know are right.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tamra
Mormons perform baptisms for the dead because we believe every person should have an opportunity to be a member of this church. By performing baptisms for the dead we are able to provide that opportunity. It is something special to me because I have family members who were never baptised. There is only one way to be saved from the sins of this world, and that is through baptism. If a person should pass away and not have a chance to be saved from his or her sins, it would be very sad. As you take missionary lessons, you will learn more about about it. The goal is the baptise all that we can, here on Earth and for those who have passed away. It is about opportunity for those who have passed away. Once they have the opportunity, they can choose to accept or deny this church like we do here on Earth. That is up to each person on the other side to decide, but every person on the other side deserves the opportunity to decide just like we do here on Earth. It is a complex idea that has taken me a while to understand and so you can discuss this more with the missionaries if you have questions or want to find out more! Show more Show less