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Hi I'm Tina

I am a teacher, reading specialist, mom and wife. I have lived in 6 states in the last 10 years. I survived cancer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am now in my thirties which seems to be a milestone marker in my life. My twenties were all about schooling, meeting Mr. Perfect, and starting a family. During that time I graduated from college with a degree in Education and really did meet Mr. Perfect. We now have three beautiful daughters 8,6, and 3 years old. I taught school for a few years but stopped teaching after having our second child. We have moved alot during our marriage because of job transfers (6 states in 11 yrs) which also made it difficult for me to work. In the end it has been a blessing to be a "stay-at-home mom". I do look forward to returning to teaching soon though. During my stay at home years I have tried to stay busy. I finished my masters degree as a reading specialist, assisted my grandmother in writing her life history (nearly 1000 pages) and decided to deal with a little thing called melanoma cancer. I have found that both the good and bad days are what make me me and I am grateful for who I am!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm fortunate to have been raised in the church. However, everyone at somepoint has to make a decision for themselves. There was never any grand turning point other than recognizing little moments and saying to myself, "Wow, this really is true!" My strongest testimony comes from an understanding of the Plan of Salvation. Recognizing that we are part of a plan, that we lived before we came to earth, and will continue to actually "live" when we leave is a special thing. I also have an unwaivering faith in the Holy Ghost and his connection as the mouthpiece to our Savior and Father in Heaven. Over the years I have used the Holy Ghost as a tool to guide my life and feel I would be lost otherwise. One of my first strong promptings came when choosing which college to attend. I had always assumed I would go to BYU. But as I looked at acceptance letters from BYU and the state college, I realized for the first time that I was not supposed to go there. At the University of Arizona is where I evenutally met my sweetheart - and I cannot imagine being married to anyone else. Additionally, only through promptings of the Holy Ghost am I alive today. After being concerned about a discolored skin spot I went to a medical profesional. He assured me to no uncertain terms that it was no big deal. After a year of almost arguing with the nagging feeling, I finally went to another doctor who removed the spot. Come to find out, it was cancer and was bad - so they thought. Instantly after finding out the news the Holy Ghost comforted me. I told my husband and family the news with a smile on my face. I think they all thought I was crazy. Prior to my surgery, I recieved a priesthood blessing and surprised all the involved medical specialist when they found no sign of the cancer spreading. A true medical miracle they had said! I feel blessed to know what I know and to experience what I have experienced. It is who I am!

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in numerous capacities and have found that each have blessed my life and taught me more about our Savior and his plan for us. I find that he knows me better than I know me, and finds ways to challenge me. Because of my moving a lot, I refer to each location as learning points based on how I was serving in the church. WA is when I taught sunday school to the youth as was forced to reflect on my own Highschool years, UT is when I learned to appreciate Relief Society (the women's organization) as their secretary, MN is when I realized you can truly love someone else's child as the Primary President (children's organization). Now in CA I just started working with the young women and am quickly realizing this is the best yet!