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Hi I'm Tammy Harrington Horvath

I grew up in Indiana, and converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 18.

About Me

As stated above, I was 18 and was a foreign exchange student in Switzerland when I converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having my initial introduction to the church thru the Osmond Family. I'm grateful that they sent me a Book of Mormon and some other pamphlets about the church. Many sets of missionaries later, and thru the love of members of the community where I grew up, I came to a sure knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was where my Heavenly Father wanted me to be. I married at a young age, and we re-located to Yuma, Arizona; sadly that marriage ended in divorce. At that point, I went to school at Arizona Western College and obtained a nursing degree. I have worked off and on for the past 30 years in the health care field. About 10 years after college, I re-married. I was an instant step-mother to two teenage boys and two young adult ladies. Going from being a career woman to a stay at home wife and mother was quite an adjustment. Five years after our marriage, we adopted two boys from Russia. I had always wanted to be part of a large family, and six children later, and soon to be 14 grandchildren, my goal is a reality. I'm now adjusting to a new 'season' in my life, with the children out on their own, my husband being retired, and knowing that I have about 10 more years in the work force and then I can retire. I look forward to being able to serve my Heavenly Father on a different level once I retire.

Why I am a Mormon

I was drawn to the church because of the concept of 'Eternal Families' and the 'distinction that God and Jesus Christ were two distinct individuals' I had always felt that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost were three individuals, not the "trinity" doctrine that I was being taught in my youth.I had a hard time with the concept that Jesus would fast and pray for 40 days and nights, only to talk to himself. I was so grateful for the knowledge that Joseph Smith revealed, as he sought an answer to a simple heart felt prayer. Our Heavenly Father (God) and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three distinct individuals with the same purpose. When I heard this concept, it made sense to me why Jesus would fast and pray to talk to his Heavenly Father. I knew the heavens were open, that we did and do have a prophet upon the earth, and that our Heavenly Father hasn't left us out here to figure out life issues on our own. I love my family, the family I was born into and the family I married into, and I could not imagine living forever, without them. God put us on the earth as families for a reason, and I couldn't understand the religious individuals that were telling me that we would sing praises to God for eternity, and that we wouldn't be together as families for eternity. Again, I am grateful for modern day revelation and the knowledge that we can be "Together Forever" with our families,. and we can still do the work of our Heavenly Father. The great plan of happiness! It is so amazing. I am grateful that I live upon the earth at this time, in this the last dispensation of time. I look forward to actually seeing my older brother Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father and want to live my life so that I will be able to hear them say to me "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

How I live my faith

I have always been a person that enjoys a challenge, and being in the church has provided me an opportunity to learn and experience things that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to do. We don't have a paid ministry in the church and this gives us opportunities to serve in various positions in the church. Some people say to me, how can you go to church for 3 hours every Sunday. I say to them, because it is fun! We have a general meeting for everyone to attend, and then for children under age 12 they have primary where they spend two hours in lesson time, singing and sharing time. For adults, we have a Sunday School class and then a class where the ladies meet and where the men meet. Through various callings I've had in the church, I've been able to learn to lead music for adults and children. I've worked with the primary children, young women, and the women of the church in the Relief Society organization. I've also worked in cub scouting, helped 2 of my sons with their eagle scout projects, helped with sports programs, directed plays, and helped with community service projects. I've sent 4 of our children on missions for the church, a daughter went to Germany, and three sons have gone to Denmark, the Czech Republic and one is currently serving in the Long Beach California Mission. Yes, it is hard to be without them for two years, but the blessings in my life and theirs are and have been definitely worth their dedicated service to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and have helped deepen my appreciation of family. My favorite service of all is to do temple and family history work. As stated above, I look forward to having more time when I retire, to dedicate to serving in the church. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had helped mold me into the woman I continue to become. A daughter of our Heavenly Father, with divine potential. I am so blessed.