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Hi I'm Tanya

I'm a traveler, a dental hygienist, a singer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! Let's see, what can be said of me? I'm 27 years old, I've lived in Utah for most of my life and I love going out and exploring the world. Can I do it as often as I like?...Haha, No, can anyone? I love eating crab, playing with my husband of two years, trying new adventurous things, cooking, crafting, staying connected with friends, and learning. I recently graduated with my Bachelors in Dental Hygiene and work close to home. My husband and I are currently looking to grow our family through adoption! Life is very exciting and we look forward to our next adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an area where the church has strong roots, but lived independent of it for years. I didn't understand religion in general. Call it naivety, but I wasn't aware of the role religion plays in peoples lives. A person's belief system influences the way they think, feel, act and react to their environment and the challenges that come into their lives. Religion didn't play that role in my family. My parents were born into the church but had little to do with it growing up. After marrying and having my children, my mom took us to church once every six months or so. In my mind it was a place to color and hear fantastical stories about people surviving lions dens and whale attacks. Our family prayers were limited to trite blessings over the food. At school, sometimes, I noticed a friend fasting and when she explained her various motives, I came to respect her beliefs. They seemed special to her...enough so that she turned down peanut butter bars. I was intrigued. Still, even after my mother arranged for me to be baptized when I turned 8, I understood very little about the church and our activity in the ward increased very little. When I became a teenager, my feelings changed. A dedicated youth leader visited my house and gave me a welcome card, a treat, a journal, and a personal development manual. Her personal invitation to youth activity nights and the friendship of a local girl put me in the right places at the right time as serious life questions started coming. I learned at 14 that I won't be able to have children, and from that experience I learned of my need for the Savior. I learned a lot about the church during the years the followed. Most notably, I learned about temples and the sealing power that binds a family eternally. I found this to be a great comfort. When I chose to serve a mission, the experience answered the questions in my heart that I had never thought to ask. My testimony became firm as stone.

How I live my faith

I've been an active member of the church from about the time I turned 14, so I've served in various capacities over those years. In 2007, I visited Hawaii as a church missionary and lived among the people for 18 months. That was thrilling and gave me a lot of neat opportunities to share my beliefs with those who were interested to hear. I currently tend to the 18 month -- 2 year olds during church meetings (termed "Junior Nursery" leader within the church). I love my crazy ones! Outside of official church "callings," as we say, I try to serve my friends, family members and my community when opportunity presents itself. I visited the elderly with a local Hospice program for a little over 3 years. That gave me a special respect for the sanctity of life and family relationships. I volunteered with Americorp, a government service program, during my years in the dental hygiene program and had many opportunities to serve the people of Ogden in various ways (most often through offering free dental services). Aside from these, I simply try to live my faith by being an honorable, trustworthy individual.