Hi I'm Delaney
Delaney Rae Ewing: I'm 14 years old. I'm home-schooled and in 9th grade. Throughout my life I've switched from home school to public school but for high school I'll stick with home school. I love acting and singing and reading and out-doorsy stuff. I take piano lessons and do Meals on Wheels with my family every other Friday. I also do plays and acting classes at Stone Oak Youth Theater. I've performed in about 5 plays and 4 musicals (and I'm probably in one now), and done a lot of acting classes. I like hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family; camping, playing board games, riding dirt bikes and other things too. I'm not really a sports person though. As I've mentioned before, I love acting. Theater's my thing. Plays, musicals, skits, I love them all. My family consists of my parents, my 4 brothers, me, my dog (Molly) and our fish (Alpha Beta). My Siblings: My oldest brother likes to order us around. Outside the house he's "The Cool Guy". But at home, he's a total ham! He makes jokes all the time and never fails to get me laughing. My other brother can be annoying but we're friends all the same. The two youngest look and act like twins. They fight but do everything together. My Parents: My dad is in the military as a flight surgeon and my mom is a stay-at-home mom. We have moved a lot throughout the years as a result of my dad's job (AZ,TX,FL,UT,TX). Even though we move a lot I always have my family and my church and my God to help me through it. :)
Why I am a Mormon
I have been lucky enough to have been born in the church. I love it so much and it means everything to me. I love the Book of Mormon and I can testify of its truth. I have grown a testimony of this church and I know that it is the true church. My parents don't force me to go to church, but I have chosen to go because I believe it and I love it. Even though some people may think we are strange and different I really don't mind and I am not ashamed to be a Mormon. Because really, being a Mormon does make us different. We have different standards and different beliefs that help protect us and keep us on the strait and narrow.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
Everyone was looking forward to the upcoming school dance. There was talk and gossip about it in the hallways and classrooms. I was excited for it too. I wanted to sing at the dance and was asking the advisers and staff about it. But a few days before the dance I just had a bad feeling about it. I told my mom and she said she had the same feeling and didn't want me to go to the dance. I was fine with that though. After the dance I heard from my friends that there was a lot of inappropriate dancing there and I am really glad I didn't have those pictures in my mind. I am thankful for the holy ghost for guilding me away from situations where I would be very uncomfortable.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I remember when my brother was really mean to me and I had a really hard time. He kept pushing me around and calling me names and just over-all being mean. I could sometimes just block it out and not be bothered by it but after so much I was just so tired of it! I couldn't think of what to do but as I was doing my personal progress (a program in the church designed to help young women with there self worth and self improvement) I had to choose somebody to be nice to. For some reason I knew I had to be nice to Brannick (my older brother). It just seemed right. So I did. For 2 weeks I think. It really helped actually. I stopped snapping back at him and was a little more patient with him and just generally being nice and it really helped me get to know my brother and we stopped being mean to each other. He's 16 now and I'm 14 and we still fight but for the most part we're pretty good friends. So my answer is: be nice to your family, be patient with your siblings. After all your stuck with them, might as well get to know them.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I remember looking forward to my baptism for a long time. My birthday is in August, but my dad was deployed overseas so he couldn't come to baptize me until September. So, as excited as I was, I waited until he got home so he could baptize me. When I imagined my baptism I imagined me in a perfectly fitted white jumpsuit, walking down into the warm water with a big smile on my 8-year-old face. I would hold my dad's arm while he said the prayer and as he dipped me down into the water I would plug my nose and lift my right big toe out of the water so he would have to do it again! My white jumpsuit was actually too big, the water was fairly warm, and I was definitely smiling! My dad said the prayer while I was holding his arm and although I tried, my right big toe did not reach the surface of the water. Afterward my mom dried me off and I got dressed and she blow-dried my hair (I think for the first time too!). It was a very happy day . My grandparents were there and I remember seeing my grandpa almost crying when he got up and spoke to me. It was a very special day and will always remain in my heart.
How I live my faith
I live my faith everyday in little ways like reading the scriptures and praying and attending seminary. I love seminary. Every morning I get up at 5:30 AM to get ready. It starts at 6:00 and we are learning about the Bible right now. It must sound awful to get up that early just to go to church again every day but I really do love it. My teacher is amazing and I learn so much. I also attend any and all dances and mutual activities. In my church I help out as best I can, whenever I can. Often this means babysitting for Moms in the ward or helping out with the activities.