Hi I'm Debbie
I grew up in a small town in Arizona. I learned to love everything outdoors at that time. I met and married my best friend my 2nd year of college. We were young, but after almost 22 years he's still my best friend and love of my life. We have four beautiful children. One is off at college and one is serving a mission in New Zealand. My husband is active duty Air Force as a general surgeon. It's been a rough ride, but it's made our entire family stronger. I love this country I live in, reading, hiking, playing the piano, camping, hiking, chocolate, cycling, anything outside, decorating, trying new things, dancing, hiking, spending time with my kiddos, family activities, travelling, historical architecture, listening to good music, staying in touch with friends on facebook, serving, working with cub scouts, laughing, hiking, classic movies and books, and learning (and did I mention hiking).
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in a protestant church. My junior year I started to question a few things. Things seemed to be missing. My best friend was a Mormon. Her home always seemed so peaceful. I listened to the missionaries and some pieces of the puzzle seemed to fall into place. The missionaries left and I was bombarded with information that was against the church. I read it all and believed it. When I went up to college the following year I met with the missionaries again. I felt that peace and love again I had felt when I met with them before. I began to realize it was the Holy Ghost telling me I was in the right place. I had a Father in Heaven that loved me for who I was. My family wasn't supportive of the church and so I was torn on if I should join or not. I received my answer when opening my scriptures after praying- it fell open to Alma 44:4, "And now ye see that this is the true faith of God." That was my answer. Since making that decision almost 24 years ago I have learned of the peace that comes from Christ alone. I have seen miracles come about by the priesthood. I have seen the blessings of the temple. I have been carried through the hard times and felt Heavenly Father smiling down on me in the good times. I have seen the happiness that comes to those who accept this gospel and the change it brings to them. This is the fulness of the gospel. This is the restored church of Christ on the earth. This gospel has all the missing pieces. That is why I became a Mormon.
How I live my faith
I have had the opportunity to serve in the church in the different areas I have lived. Being in the military we get to move around. At the present time my husband and I are the Webelos leaders. Working with the boys of that age (10) humbles me immensely. Seeing the fun, laughter, faith and just plain life in their eyes gives me energy everytime I'm with them. I also try and just look at all those around me with Christ's eyes. The kids love taking cookies to neighbors, doing 'knock and runs' leaving treats, and just treating everyone as if they're special and important - because they are.