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Hi I'm Tammy

I grew up in Australia and travelled to England with my boyfriend who is now my husband. We have 3 children, now I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in 1970s Australia. I moved around from family to friends to family and I finally left home at 16. At 21, I came to England with my boyfriend. We got married in Aug '92 and my eldest son was born in Dec '93. My husband was diagnosed with cancer too. Around Oct '94, my aunt wrote and told me she had found a 'True Church', explaining they have Bishops and Apostles. I was happy for her but reasoned it was not for me. She wrote to me a few times and I asked for missionaries to come and teach me. After a week of discussions, I gave up coffee and joined the church. I had a spiritual experience whilst kneeling and praying whether God is truly there and if the Book of Mormon is true. I felt my bedroom light up and I felt God's love. I think an angel of God stood beside me and touched my shoulder in answer to my prayers. I had never felt such unconditional all encompassing love before. I could not deny that it was God's love (and I reasoned that I did not need anyone else's reassurance if He loved me). I still had doubts but thought... if all of this is wrong, I will leave but instead I have been guided to make a happy life for myself. Learning to follow the Holy Spirit has become a life line. I run a business with my husband and I am on the steering committee for a local homeless charity called Room at the Inn - the Y Project. I also enjoy interviewing people about faith and charity for local community radio.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I believe Jesus restored his church through Joseph Smith. A young farmer's son, so young at 14, who saw Heavenly Father, and Jesus standing by his side (2 personages). I believe this to be true. This knowledge (and all events that sprang from that one special witness) awakens in me a hope for the eternal welfare of all our souls. I have questions about things in church history that confuse me, but I am Mormon because I feel such unconditional love from the Lord, on praying, and encouragement to live a good life. I am Mormon due to our teachings that revelation comes line upon line, as we are ready to live (and gain) higher standards. I am Mormon because I find comfort in clean living and seeking virtuous attributes via lifestyles and rules that may appear strict but in fact bring blessings. My husband does not trust and still refuses to have church lessons but I feel that as we utilise the teachings of the Gospel of Love and Peace, we become more united. I am excited to see what my husband says when the Saviour finally returns and he learns to trust that there is a Plan for us all. The more I live the Gospel, the more I realise we really are eternal. Agency is key to God's purpose for mankind - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (D&C). My children are not currently active in the church but they say they know the Gospel is true and encompasses all of eternity. They are happy to be learning right from wrong, just as I am, and we are so grateful to be able to take advantage of the Saviour's sacrifice on the Cross. We are learning the lessons of life eg. humility, faith, patience, work, virtue, long suffering, compassion and so on and so on. I love attending Sacrament meeting, it is my favourite setting, where we can recommit to be a witness of Jesus' love and care, of his guidance evident in our particular lives. I am Mormon because I am grateful to, and love, God and Jesus.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one step at a time. I wake up each day and read the Book of Mormon and other scripture, like the Bible, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me. I try to remember to repent of past mistakes daily, even small things, so I can be happy and help others find peace too. The biggest thing I have learned is to love unconditionally without being a doormat myself. I try to be relaxed and trust the Saviour knows everything. Then I can feel the promptings of the Holy Spirit better. The Church has many programs in place to help build us up. I have been led through many trials in the last 20+ years. I have learned by sticking close to the Lord through prayer and fasting and serving my family and my community, that all things do pass and many lessons can be learned from our trials. I have learned to trust my own inner moral compass and know that when I feel at peace that I am doing what is pleasing and good, and when I feel unsettled there is something I need to sort. In the past few years I have been called to work with Interfaith, ie. other faiths, and I love this ideology - it brings peace via honest and respectful communication. It suits me right down to the grass roots of my being. I love learning about other faiths and despite this sometimes causing me to dig deeper for answers that resonate with the big Truth of All Things that Feels Right, I feel my testimony of Jesus as Our Christ is growing, due to so many of the other faiths being aware of Him and acknowledging his role as Our World's Saviour, and if not, as a person who has a really important role to play. Also due to the insights I gain through Mormonism. I can see other faiths have so much to bring to the overall Knowledge of what is really going on, on the earth. I love the Temple, and experience beautiful feelings of love and closeness to my ancestors, and inspiration when I attend. I know when I attend the temple more regularly that I feel more at peace and 'at one ment' with the Lord.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Tammy
I took my Granny's name to the Temple recently and was surprised to feel her there. I recognised her close to me and I felt that she was happy to be progressing. I have attended the Temple many times with questions in my heart and felt inspiration and answers. I am honoured to attend the Temple and glad I have to live up to certain moral standards to be worthy. Feeling worthy helps me feel closer to the Lord. Sealing my Granny to her husband for time and all eternity was a wonderful experience. I can't wait to see them again one day and truly be happy and united. Temples help us learn to love and unite with one another. Keeping things in order is God's way. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Tammy
The thing I love the most about the Gospel is that because the Saviour's atoned for our sins (weaknesses), we do ALL LIVE AGAIN. Knowing this spurs me on to see this life is like a knot on a piece of string, we go on after this, for an eternity. I can see how we learn slowly, building up knowledge and skills and talents and abilities and characteristics in this life. So, I expect it to continue until we are as amazing as our Saviour. He says he wants us all to 'have' and 'enjoy' all that He and the Father have. The concept of Eternal Life points out to me that those gone before us still exist and there is a very real purpose to our lives. Visiting the Temple (even just the grounds) opens our understanding. The peace felt there inspires knowledge and understanding to grow within us. I can overcome all trials with His help. It is a very loving Gospel. In the eternities I expect to continue until I one day (with my spouse) become a pro-CREATOR with our Heavenly Father. It is a glorious goal. I can think of nothing more worth pursuing. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Tammy
Scientists have recently discovered that there must be opposition or conflict for an atom to exist and also that every single atom or even smaller particles, must have Agency. In choosing to come to earth we accepted certain rules. To learn right from wrong there must be opposition. The scriptures in 2 Nephi 2 say... "Adam fell that men might be," and "Men are that they might have joy." To experience opposition and therefore learn right from wrong we needed a Saviour, to come and show us the right way. He saved us from sin. From guilt. From shame. From eternal damnation (which is to 'not progress'). He broke the way through physical death's doorway. He taught us God's way. By giving up His life to gain Eternal Life, great insight into the eternal nature of God is revealed. He loves us more than we are capable of loving ourselves. He loved us so very much that He was willing to suffer pain that only a God could withstand. It is such a great and powerful example, to the extreme, and leads us to trust that we can aim for better behaviour within ourselves. The Saviour always teaches with everything He does. Nothing is done for no reason. There is so much more to understand about the Saviour's Atonement. He loves us is the simple answer. So much so that he was willing to die for us. His Atonement teaches us about the Resurrection, that there is more, that suffering is worth going through for the greater good. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Tammy
God's purpose is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (see D&C). To achieve this purpose he invites us to join with Him as pro-creators, within the bounds of matrimony, to bare children into loving homes and families. Of course sometimes we fail as humans to achieve perfection in our behaviour, but through prophets of the Church we have counsel to put a child up for adoption rather than abort. Abortion is murderous and against God's plans for happiness. There are many childless couples who will receive adoptive babies gratefully. There are those who cannot bring themselves to follow the Lord's counsel and choose to keep their children without being married. This is their choice and they are still able to live happy lives among the Saints, and many do choose to live according to the commandments of God and be guided by the Holy Spirit for there after. It is not a sin to keep a child out of wedlock, it is a sin to murder. There are consequences to all behaviour. No-one forces anyone to do anything with regard to any decision within the Church but counsel them for their own peace of mind and happiness. It is up to us to decide what we feel is right, to follow our conscience. Show more Show less