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Hi I'm Tammy

I live in Idaho with my husband and three sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California and have lived in Idaho since I was seven years old. I was a convert to the church when I was 11 years old. At that time, my mom was already a member but inactive and my father, brother and me were baptized and our whole family started attending church. My parents eventually stopped attending church, but me and my siblings kept attending and have all stayed active in the church. I feel very grateful to my parents for allowing us to be baptized and introducing us to the church and I hope their hearts will be softened one day and they'll have the desire to become active again. I married my high school sweetheart and we just celebrated our 20 year anniversary. We have three boys who we adore. They are very active in sports, so the majority of our family activities revolve around a gym or field somewhere. We love living in Idaho where we can enjoy the change in seasons and recreation like camping, fishing and hunting (just the boys like hunting - its definitely not my thing!!) I have always worked full time, which is a little unusual for a Mormon mom. I've had lots of help from Grandma who lives very close to us and have always felt grateful to be able to have a job that enables me to help provide for the needs and wants of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I was baptized, I really didn't know much about the church, but I had many Mormon friends and I saw a difference in them and their relationships with their families. I loved how they prayed together and shared a common bond in the gospel. I decided from a very young age that that is how I wanted my family to be when I grew up. I knew I wanted to be baptized when I was 11, but I'll admit I really didn't understand much about the Church. As I grew older and learned more, my testimony grew stronger and through many experiences I grew to know that my Heavenly Father loved me and loves all his children. I will be sending my oldest son on a mission to Africa in about three months. In helping him prepare for his mission, I've gained a testimony of the "simpleness" of the gospel. The gospel is really about knowing that Heavenly Father loves each of us and has a plan for each of us. We have been blessed to be given The Book of Mormon through the prophet Joseph Smith. This book has been a blessing in my life along with the Bible. I am truly happy to live the standards that we are asked to live. Some people think Mormons are required to live these standards and that somehow we're suppressed or unhappy. I have never felt that way, and instead have felt a peace of mind and happiness when living the gospel standards. I love the temple and am so grateful to have been sealed to my family for all eternity.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being kind to everyone and making an effort to not judge others. Because I have inactive members of the church and non-members of the church in my immediate family, I try very hard to be a good example but not be overbearing to them. I have served in many callings over the years, mostly working with young children and teenagers. I love working with the youth in the Church. Over the last 7-8 years, I've been working with teenagers in the Young Women's and Sunday School programs. I loved working with the young women, especially since I do not have any daughters. Some people thought it was strange that I spent my time with other people's children when I was limited on free time to begin with, but I loved those girls and felt my Heavenly Father was allowing me to have just a glimpse of an experience in raising a daughter. I love the relationships I still have with many of those girls as I've watched them grow up, get married and have children. For the past 3 years, I've been teaching Sunday School to the 16 and older group in our ward. This group has included my oldest son. I've loved teaching this class, which has mostly consisted of boys. I especially love the new curriculum we've started this year. The lessons require lots of participation from the kids in the class. It's been amazing to see them share their testimonies and to see the confidence they have in sharing the gospel with their peers.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

All leadership in our church is made up of volunteers. Leaders such as stake presidents and bishops call on members of their congregations to serve in various capacities within the organization. While people are called to different positions, it is each person's choice whether or not they want to volunteer their time to serve. I have learned so much and had the opportunity to serve and work with some wonderful people through serving in different positions at church. We believe the Lord has a plan for each of us, and it's often through challenging ourselves to fulfill responsibilities we've thought were more than we can handle that we begin to reach our full potential. Show more Show less