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Hi I'm Tanya

I am a Mormon, yes I am!!!

About Me

I am unique and I'm glad because that's how Heavenly Father created me! I am a bit of a dreamer at times and very passionate about whatever I do in life. I love to exercise and teach dance fitness classes so I can share my love with others. My real treasures in life are my family. I have two children and a loving husband, all 3 of them love to talk, I never get chance so I just let them entertain me! They are great company. We also have an extended family as we have foreign students living with us. I hope that our home will always be one that will make people feel welcome and part of our family. I've had a number of 'titles' in my life, but my favourite one is 'mum'. One of the best times of my life I had was when I lived in Arizona and Utah. My favourite thing to do was spend time in the temple and around the grounds. I was a temple missionary at the Mesa temple, it was an incredible experience. It's so exciting to know that the work done in the temple seals families together not just in this life but beyond the grave. I look forward to meeting some of my family again. I find out who I really am by loving and serving others, this is what makes me truly happy. You can't be sad when you are helping someone. I love being able to make someone smile or see a significant change in someone's life. I have had so many good influences in my own life. There are no words to describe some of the feelings I have had since I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a lovely mum who is a Jehovah's Witness. She did a great job of bringing up me and my sister and 2 brothers. She is still strong in her faith and I have a lot of respect for her. We all come to a point growing up, whether we have a religious background or not, when we question what we believe in or whether we have any beliefs at all. This happened to me when I was 16 in my troublesome teenage years. I had a very good friend at school who was also a Mormon and I always admired the way she lived her life. The atmosphere in her home was something special and I spent a lot of time with her and her family. I went to a few fun activities and dances at the church and found myself asking questions all the time. One day in her home I was shown God's plan of life in picture format. It taught where we come from and where we go when we die. I had this overwhelming feeling - that's hard to explain, it was just like ''WOW this makes so much sense!!!'' It didn't just make sense, I knew 100% that it was right, I felt like I'd seen it somewhere before. I had the best feeling ever. This is how Heavenly Father talks to us, we get an over whelming feeling of the holy spirit, that is just a complete calming, peaceful feeling, that you can't question, you just KNOW! I had lots and lots of questions and gave the missionaries a hard time but they were always answered and I could not turn back on the feelings I was having, so was baptised shortly afterwards, just before my 17th Birthday.

How I live my faith

One of my favourite quotes is by Harold B Lee when he said, “the most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes”. First of all my family come first. We have family home evenings where we set aside one night a week to have fun together, to learn together, and just make memories together! We pray daily together. Our faith is very much part of our life, its not just at holidays like Christmas or Easter, we live it every day. It's not some weird religious cult as some people may think, to me it is perfectly normal and I am around lots of fun people who achieve amazing things because of the way in which they live their lives. I have friends who are people of other religions and some don't believe in God, that's their choice too. In our church no-one is paid, not even our Prophet who leads and directs the church. It is a perfect organisation of people serving through love and devotion. I am currently working with the over 18 women called Relief Society. I have so many amazing women working with me to make sure that everyone in our church is looked after; their physical and spiritual welfare and in helping them become self reliant and better homemakers. We organise meals for sick people, we help take care of children when mums are struggling or unwell, or any other needs which may arise as well as serving in the community. The list is endless and its very rewarding and a lovely responsibility. I am learning and growing all the time!!