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Hi I'm Tina

I 'm a mother of 8 and grandmother of 8. I love being self-reliant and creative and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was 6 years old when the Latter-day Saint Elders (missionaries) found our family in San Diego, CA. My mother had searched long and hard for a church and when she was taught by these young men, received a testimony of what she heard. My father never did join the church but my mother was faithful in taking us to church always. I met my husband, Don, when we were in high school. He was a member of the Lutheran faith. We were married fresh out of high school. We spent the first 10 years of our marriage as a military family. My husband was in the US Navy and was away much of the time in the submarine service. We had 5 boys and a girl by the time we got out of the Navy and realized our dream of returning to the hometown of my parents in Missouri. Since that time we have pursued a self-reliant lifestyle. We have a small farm where we raise as much of our food as we are able. We have dairy goats and cattle, chickens, have raised rabbits for the table. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen making cheese and canning. Another favorite hobby is soap making. Although I have been a stay at home mom, I have dabbled in several vocations. My favorite was as a midwives' apprentice for 3 1/2 years. I even had the choice opportunity of delivering 2 of my grandchildren! Since 1991 we have been a home schooling family. I have really loved being able to do that! I love being with my children I am very grateful for the various experiences we have had over the years!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But I had to gain a testimony of the gospel of Christ, the same as anyone who was not raised in it. In fact, because I had a father who was not a member of the church and somewhat antagonistic toward it, I had an opportunity to see more than one viewpoint on the subject. I went away from the church when I was a teenager. I had several years of searching but eventually came back to it after my husband and I were married and our first child was born. I had several experiences with the Holy Ghost when I was young and when I got past my rebellious period, I knew I would not want to raise my children in this world without the hope and love the truths of the gospel bring. I came to an understanding of who I was in relation to our Father in Heaven; that I was his literal spirit daughter. And I came to understand that all those I came in contact with possessed a portion of divinity, just as I do. The knowledge that our Father has not left us in darkness in this world, but is very much interested and engaged in our lives, that he hears and lovingly answers our prayers in the ways that will bless us eternally is a truth I would not trade for anything in the world. I am so grateful to have the rock of Jesus Christ's gospel to build my life upon.

How I live my faith

I love being part of our congregation (called a "ward" in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). We have the opportunity to serve in many ways as members of the church. I have spent a lot of time with the Primary organization. Children from the age of 18 months to 12 years of age attend Primary classes each week to learn about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Working with the little ones is so much fun! I learn as much from them as they learn from me. I am the Food Storage specialist in our ward. As members of the church we are encouraged to store a year's supply of the food and non-food items we consume. My calling involves helping members of our congregation organize and gather what they need.