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Hi I'm Tamara

I love chocolate. I married my best friend. I donated a kidney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently married my best friend for life and we love playing everything under the sun except maybe ultimate frisbee:). I love to travel and lived in Poland for a year and a half and received my bachelors in Exercise Science and Masters in Public Administration. I am currently the leader over the women in my church group and am so amazed by the constant examples of service around me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 I was in a pageant which depicted a scene about the Savior. It was a story from the Book of Mormon when after His resurrection He visited the Nephites on the american continent allowing them to gain that personal testimony just as He had done in Jerusalem. The first time we rehearsed we were running around the gym acting out the great storm that occurred with His death, and then we were told to "seek cover". When the storm subsided the man who would play Christ in the pageant stood at the top of a stage still just in jeans and a t-shirt. As I looked upon him thinking of Our Savior the spirit touched my heart and I felt so filled with love. I knew that had happened. I looked forward to every time we would rehearse or perform that scene because my testimony of Him and that event was reassured and strengthened. I knew the Book of Mormon was true and more importantly I knew that our Savior had lived and died, and had then been resurrected so that we might too. Since that time I have continued to feel that spirit in my life whenever I have been truly listening. I look forward to the day that I can see Him as these people had, and run to Him as those children did. I know He will come again, and that He takes part in everyday of our lives, because he loves us. Since then I have had many other experiences which have continually strengthened my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I have also received comfort on many occasions by reading from it. As I attend church my testimony is also strengthened and I have a renewed strength to take on whatever is before me in my week.

How I live my faith

A few years ago I had graduated with my bachelors, was still single, and was looking for a new job. I felt a little lost and continually prayed to know what I was supposed to do. One Sunday night I was in the room when my parents began talking about a lady in our neighborhood who was in kidney failure. As I heard my parents talk I suggested that we be tested to see if we could give her a kidney. We sent a lighthearted email stating we would be interested in being tested and all we wanted was the free juice and cookies they give to blood donors. They responded with a heartfelt email thanking us for considering it. We later learned that they were two days away from going on the active list to receive a kidney from someone who died. Those kidney's generally only last about half as long as a live donation. Over the next few months my mom, brother and I went through many tests. First my brother was eliminated, and then my mom. I waited anxiously for the phone call to tell me if I was still in the running. I prayed earnestly that I could be the match. The phone call finally came and I was later told that not only was I eligible but that generally only identical twins were a closer match. I don't think I have ever felt as much peace as when I drove to the hospital the day of the surgery. The rest of the experience with the surgery, recovery and now the few years after have been a great strength to me whenever I am going through a trial. I wouldn't give that experience up for the world. I constantly thank the lady who has my kidney for allowing me that experience. I think I needed it just as much as she did to learn even in a small amount how much our Heavenly Father loves us. He is in every detail of our lives.