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Hi I'm Tanya

I love group fitness. I work in a candy shop. I need my Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington, then moved to Idaho during high school due to my dad's occupation change. I used to think "the life" was traveling all over the world getting to know different cultures and people. I thought Idaho was "drab" and just full of cows and potatoes (even though most of my extended family lived there). It was amazing to learn, however, that you really can have an adventure no matter what your circumstances or locations are in life. Though I wouldn't hate visiting another country someday (my husband served an LDS mission in Brazil), I've come to learn and love the simple fact that becoming cultured is easier and less expensive than some think; it's stepping out of your own world and extending your sphere of influence to uplift and identify with everyone around you--no matter where you are. My husband and I were married in August of 2012 in the Rexburg Idaho Temple, and are currently attending school at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I love teaching group fitness and working in a candy shop. He loves anything medical-related, and he loves me, of course! We currently share an apartment with my brother, his wife and their two little girls. We love having the opportunity to be so close to family, and having two little energetic friends to play with whenever we want! Life is good and fun here.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ's church is true. That, ultimately, is why I continue to live it and keep the commandments every day. But there are obviously things about the Gospel that keep me wanting to try harder and be a little better every day. I see the blessings that come from trying to live up to my potential as a daughter of Heavenly Father and a member of the Church. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a wonderful "validator of humans," as I once heard someone say. Humans tend to be over critical of themselves when they realize how far below their potential they are living, or when they feel they are too far gone to be saved by the Savior, Himself. Through Christ and His Atonement, the law of justice and the blessing of mercy are perfectly satisfied, which makes our return back to Heavenly Father possible. The Lord understands that we make mistakes, and He has made the way possible for us to correct those mistakes. We are not given a free pass into Heaven because Christ atoned for our sins, but because of that Atonement the things we do to repent of our mistakes will mean something. I love the Lord for what He has done for me, and I believe that, were it not for Him, my attempts to right my wrongs would be fruitless. I am grateful to have truths restored continually through the Lord's prophets and also personal truths revealed to me through personal revelation. I love the restored Gospel because it teaches that the doors of revelation have not been closed; that God continues to speak to His children today. I am imperfect. I am often selfish and forget to worship the Savior and my God as I should. But I'm amazed to see how Heavenly Father continues to bless me even when I am a forgetful and ungrateful child. I am grateful for His son, Jesus Christ. I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I believe any seemingly small thing someone can do to be a helper in building Heavenly Father's kingdom and helping His children is a big deal. In our church we are given endless opportunities to serve and help others, and we see the blessings from Heavenly Father as we do so. I have taught in women's society classes before. I have taught Sunday School. I was just recently asked to serve on an activities committee for the women's society in our church, which I'm excited about! Our church has established an organization called Visiting Teaching where the women in a group of members in a certain area will be given assignments to go visit and befriend other women in the area. It's a great way to help members of the church (especially other women) feel accepted and loved and noticed by others.