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Hi I'm Tena

I grew up in Texas. I am one of seven children. I'm a nature lover. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am one of seven children. I grew up in Texas with my mom, dad, little brother and little sister. I have the greatest little brother who is currently out serving our country. He just left, but I feel like he's been gone forever. I am a country girl that is stuck in the city. I like to escape by finding the closest hiking trail and getting lost, literally. Getting lost alone isn't that fun, so usually I take my sister. I love to laugh, smile, learn, teach, encourage, skate, hike, write, read, swim, run, and go for bike rides with my sister.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a semi-religious home. We spoke of God and Jesus but we never really attended church. When I was around twelve, I completely fell out of contact with God. Ten years later, I was asked to pray by a coworker. I laughed at him but agreed to pray. I never really intended to pray. That night something woke me up and immediately I started to pray. After that, it was all down hill. After meeting with the missionaries a couple of times, I was asked if I would be baptized into the church. I WAS OVERWHELMED! I didn't doubt the church but I could think of a million reasons why I shouldn't be baptized: my friends would judge me, everybody would judge me for my religion, my boyfriend didn't agree with it, but mostly I was worried about how my family would react. I felt like I'd be alone in this journey. I could find no reason for me to be baptized. The next day at work, a member asked me where I thought we came from and where I thought we went after death. I answered before I even knew what I was saying. I had a two hour conversation with that member about the beliefs of Latter Day Saints. I had an answer for every question he asked, even the things I had not been taught. Suddenly, I had millions of reasons why I should be baptized. I have millions of brothers and sisters that I can help if first I help myself. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Matthew 7:3-5

How I live my faith

I work with the youth in my area. Everyday I get to share the basic principles of the gospel. In almost any instance, I remind myself (and my children) that we should aspire to live a life like Jesus did when he was here. I have been reprimanded for sharing too many details about my religion. But all I do is open my mouth and let the spirit do the rest. I am very grateful that my faith is strengthened simply by going to work.

What is faith?

To put it simply, faith is your heart knowing what your eyes cannot see. Show more Show less