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Hi I'm Tamara

I have lived in foster care. I'm an advocate for older child adoption. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were adult converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but fell away and were divorced by the time I was four years old. My grandmother, my mother and I each lived in foster care for a period of time during our youth. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an Latter Day Saint community and three of the four foster homes I lived in were faithful, active families in the church. Through seeing their faith in action I was able to gain a hope for an eternal marriage of my own and to learn a little about what it would take to establish my own family. It was a very scary day for me when I got married. I hoped that I could have a happy marriage but still didn't know that it could happen for me. Even marrying in the temple felt temporary. I have now been married thirty years. Through living the gospel principles in my life I have been able find happiness in my own marriage and fulfillment in family life.

Why I am a Mormon

Being an active member of this church is a choice that I made as an adult and living far away from everything I knew. I have been blessed to have always known in my heart the the Book of Mormon was true but I have come to truly know my Savior through coming to Him as I have worked through different trials in my life. It is amazing to me how I am continually learning more about Him and His prophets, both latter day and ancient, as I have accepted the opportunities that have came to teach others. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ and in it you can find hope and peace. I love this quote that recently came from one of our church leaders, Elder Edward Dube from Zimbabwe, "It is not so much what we have done or where we have been but more where we are willing to go" from a talk entitled "Look Ahead and Believe". www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/look-ahead-and-believe?lang=eng I know that we have a living prophet of God on the Earth today and I am grateful to know that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and of my family. He is also aware of you! He is waiting as a patient father to answer our prayers and give us guidance. He can teach us how to have an eternal family and show us how to forgive and be forgiven. Walking in His footsteps, we can live a happy and fulfilled life. What more could we possibly want?

How I live my faith

One of the byproducts of the joy and hope that I have in the Gospel is that I want to share it with others. Because of my experience in foster care, and also my mothers and my grandmothers experiences, I have had a passion to share my home and family with less fortunate children. I know from my own experience that lives, even generations of lives can be change forever when a person is given the opportunity to see a different way of life, a Christ centered home and the hope that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring. Our family has been greatly blessed to be able to adopt eight children, most of them as teenagers, bringing us to a total of thirteen children in all. Most of our kids have grabbed onto the opportunities they have been given with both hands and are well started on their own path. Some are still finding their way. I know that they each are precious to their Father in Heaven.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

There are a number of people in my life that have experienced having a abortion. All of them have expressed great sorrow and regret over that choice. Our family has been active in a program through our church called Families Supporting Adoption, where counsel and help can be given to a girl or woman who has an unplanned pregnancy. I have many friends who are single mothers who provide excellent care and love to their child or children in less than perfect circumstances. I also have many friends who, as husband and wife, have prepared for and waited for a child to join their family and have needed to choose adoption to fulfill that desire. These are some of the most humble and wonderful people I have ever met. Every adoption I have experienced has felt like a gift from God. When you are given the privilege and responsibility for caring for one of our Heavenly Fathers children it is a miracle and a blessing. I am the mother of children who the world may have said should not have been born. But I am grateful to their birth mothers, who in the most dire of circumstances, chose to give them life. These children are a great blessing to me and are positive contributors to their communities. Every soul is precious in the sight of God. Show more Show less