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Hi I'm Tami

I'm pausing my studies of communication disorders and dance to teach in Brazil for 18 months. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey there! My name is Tami. I’m 20-year-old Californian and I’m 4’11”. I go to Brigham Young University and I am studying how to become a speech-language pathologist. While I love the career path I have chosen, my first love is dance. I have always loved dancing and in high school I taught at the local dance studio I attended. I am grateful to have the opportunity to have a minor in world dance so I can keep that dream alive, even though dancing won’t be my career. Let me tell you – dance at BYU is buckets of fun. I absolutely love college, but in less than a week I will be putting it on hold as I serve full time (24/7) as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brazil. I am excited to go on this 18-month adventure to share God’s love! So in a nutshell: I want to be a speech pathologist to work with kids and improve their lives, and I love using dance to lift others, but now I have the opportunity to share what I love more than anything else in the world: the incredible message that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are always there for you.

Why I am a Mormon

My favorite scripture is John 7:17: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” I am a Mormon because I have put the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints under the challenge presented in this scripture. As I do things that the Lord would have me do, He can testify to my spirit that what I am doing is what He wants. I have found that the doctrines of this church are not of man: they are of God. I have not always known the church was true in the same way as I do now. At first, I just believed the words of my parents. As they had learned that following the commandments brought happiness, they wanted their children to find that happiness; so they taught us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I got older I realized that a simple childlike belief on my parents’ ideals was not enough to define my testimony and my life. I decided to follow God’s commandments, with a different intent than before: instead of keeping commandments because my parents told me I should, I kept them with the intention of testing them to see if they were really from God. My parents had taught me about prayer. And so I prayed- not because they told me I should - but because I wanted to know if God would listen. I tested other good things such as using clean language, wearing modest clothes, serving others, and learning from the scriptures. When I was baptized, I had been promised that if I did good things I would have His spirit with me. The Lord kept his promise to me. As I did His will, I “knew of the doctrine” as John testified. His Spirit testified to my heart that this Gospel is His gospel. It is true. I can feel of His spirit daily when I make good choices. As I have grown, I have been faced with more difficult challenges, but even when choices are hard to make, the Lord has always guided me when I aligned my will with His will. I know he will ALWAYS continue to let me know if my actions are right.

How I live my faith

When I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I promised that I would keep the commandments and always remember Christ. ‘Always remember Him’ means that I will “stand as [a witness] of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9). In a way, the Gospel of Jesus Christ defines my life. Everything I do fits into my standards that I have adopted. They are a part of me. This is not to say that I am controlled by the Church, because that is not the Lord’s way. The Lord respects His children’s ability to choose, and I have chosen to make the standards a part of who I am. I make my own choices: where I go to school, what I am majoring in, who my friends are, but I always try to make sure that the Lord is happy with those choices. Living my faith is not just about including the Lord in my life but centering my life around Him. I do this by praying, by reading His words, and by constantly trying to love as He does. This is not to say that I don’t make mistakes - because I am full of them - but as I try to do what is right, I know that the Lord can see my honest effort, my honest regret , and desire to fix my mistakes. “The Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).