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Hi I'm Tamara

I'm a born and raised Californian and love studying all kinds of History.

About Me

I was born the youngest of six children into a family who were already members of the church. Even still, I have had to learn about the Church's doctrines and build my own testimony of them, which has blessed my life greatly. I lived in California for most of my life until I went to college elsewhere. There, I developed a great love for and interest in History in regards to my own country's history and the history of every other nation. Consequently, that interest bubbled over into an interest in others' cultures -- music, art, cultural traditions and beliefs. Now I'm looking forward to moving on to the next great adventure in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Every member, whether born into the church or converted later, has to build his or her own testimony. I have had to do the same. I observed my parents and learned from their example. I knew they had built their own strong testimonies, and I had seen the blessing that came from that. I wanted, and still want the same. I have witnessed the blessings and spiritual influence that comes with adhering to the church's teachings, and I cannot deny that. Staying true to the Church keeps me grounded; it reminds me of the existence of that which is still good and wonderful in the world, even among that which is depressing and bad. Living my faith gives me great comfort and security in a world which feels increasingly unsteady. God the Father knows every individual, every soul. I know he knows me as me--an individual among billions of others. I know he loves me and I know he placed me where I am for a reason. He hears and answers prayers, sometimes in very unexpected ways, such as through the words or actions of others. The blessings which come from being faithful continually amaze and humble me. They have given me real hope and true happiness.

How I live my faith

I began to learn the piano before I was ten years old. Because I did not live in an area where learning a musical instrument like the piano was not in high demand, I soon found out that being willing to share that budding skill gave me many opportunities for service. Doing so allowed my skill, knowledge, passion, and appreciation for music to grow. More importantly, however, I gained a testimony of the power and spirit of music. It has been a major influence and blessing in my life. Aside from music, I have endeavored to allow my faith to define my actions and being. It will always remain a work-in-progress, for no one is perfect. Living by and staying true to your religious principles can be hard sometimes, but when you can stay true, the blessings that follow are all the more precious and wonderful. Truly, it is a matter of synthesizing the spirit and the letter of church doctrine.