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Hi I'm Tammy

Actually, my name is Tamara but my family and friends best know me as Tammy. And I am a Mormon!

About Me

Life has been good to me... Born in Southern California, I was raised in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. I am the epitome of, “You can take the girl out of California, but not California out of the girl”. I have lived in a handful of places including the Sierra Nevada Foothills, three States and Paraguay, S.A., having served as a full-time LDS missionary. I moved to the DC Metro Area in the mid 1990's, where my corporate career took a 13-year detour in the non-profit community. I was a well-respected executive at a senior, highly-profiled association, possessing expertise in ISD and was considered an eLearning thought-leader when I left behind the long hours and commutes to come home. I’m fortunate to be a full-time mom, and cofounder of a small business with my husband. He is the best of men, and we are a very good team. I have innate organizational skills that are reflected in my everyday life. Professionally, I’m in the foodie business. However, I prefer comfort foods. I’m particular to candies vs baked goods, and I could eat Mexican food daily. I’m a movies gal with period drama films at the top of my list. I drove a two-seater in my day…get me behind the wheel for a long drive, especially along a coastal highway or on two-lane country roads and I’m energized. I love mid-temperature sunny days, but prefer turtleneck sweaters where I can wrap up in a comfy blanket. My passions include my family and home, my Faith and cause-driven initiatives.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to Mormonism in my youth. I will never forget as a young girl entering a LDS chapel for the very first time, it felt as if a warm blanket had been wrapped around me. Very few experiences in my life have ever compared to that feeling of ‘coming home’. As if the Lord himself tightly wrapped his arms around me. Some would say that I was too young to understand the important decisions being made about my future and that I ‘evolved’ into Mormonism because of the example of my parents. There may have been some truth to this statement had I ever left the Mormon faith. As for me, I have chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I posses a testimony that its Gospel teachings come from our Savior. I, too believe that at some point everyone will be required to honestly look deep within themselves to learn what is true and good and will need to decide what he or she will do with that knowledge...that our agency and decisions will be a true measure of one's success (or not) in this life and the life hereafter.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ is my foundation in all that I believe and in all that I do. He is everything to me and to my family, and it is His Gospel that motivates me to be a good person. I grew up in a melting pot, surrounded amongst many socio-economic and culture diversities so I was young and naïve in thinking that I understood people and their feelings. It was not until I lived abroad, and among the people of Paraguay that I recognized how much we are all alike in feeling the same emotions - by desiring the same things for our love ones - even though we are born into different circumstances with distinct and various beliefs. I just try to treat people as I want to be treated - to be nice and without prejudgments. And, in raising our child, my husband and I work to instill what it means to be empathetic, grateful and loving.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

It has been quoted that, "the general premise of the book The Millionaire Next Door is that the pop culture concept of a millionaire is quite false and that most actual millionaires live a very simple lifestyle." That would be true of most Mormons actively striving to live our Faith. Our goal in life is to be happy and that happiness comes from living Christ-like values that typically resemble a life of order and simplicity. We shop at the local grocery store, say daily personal, unscripted prayers and spend quality time with our families and friends. We love a good game and so you'll often find us cheering with the next guy at the local stadium or ballpark. Many Mormon's are part of the mainstream middle class while others have been blessed with wealth. Some of us are top-level executives and Olympians, while others are managers, teachers, volunteers and stay-at-home parents. Our community of members consists of happily married husbands and wives, single adults, widows and divorced couples. Mormons also makeup blended families with loving step-parents, fathers and mothers. No matter our circumstances in life we each strive for joy, happiness, health and success. We suffer and weep, and we laugh and play. Some survive disease and others do not as Mother Nature is no respecter of person's. We're normal Christian people with a pretty good outlook on life that is centered on Christ and His teachings. Show more Show less