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Hi I'm Deborah Dushku Gardner

I'm a stay-at-home mom of 5 kids plus 2,500 Bulgarian orphans. I co-founded "One Heart Bulgaria". I am a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated in Human Development and went on to developed 5 humans. In between car-pooling, defrosting the chicken, potty-training, and folding the laundry, I run "One Heart Bulgaria" which I co-founded with a former mission companion. It has been the most amazing, life-changing journey. I have truly come to understand the profound love that God has for every single one of his children. My other interests include: teaching health/wellness classes, participating in triathlons, playing basketball, dancing to 80's music out on our back deck, reading to our little ones, and eating lots of chocolate. I served a mission in Bulgaria and love, love, love Bulgarians! Oh, and for the fun of it, might I add that we have 5 chickens, 1 tiny frog, and an adorable little doggie.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel at peace in the Mormon church. I have a sense that I am where I belong and where God wants me to be. That feeling is precious! I enjoy the other members of the church who seek to repent, change, be better people and serve others in the world. We are a sort of large family...growing, learning, and supporting each other. I enjoy worshipping along side them each Sabbath day and growing closer and closer to God and ever more grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.  

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by serving others in need and bearing my testimony of the gospel. I enjoy helping others find solutions to their problems through the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the Great Healer of our souls. I also love working in the youth programs in our church. I encourage youth to turn to God and discover what their personal missions are in this life and then to go for it!

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Deborah Dushku Gardner
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and as such, a separate entity from God the Father. Therefore, we believe God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate entities, yet one in purpose. We believe God the Father sent his son Jesus Christ to earth to redeem us from our sins and make resurrection possible for us all. Our definition of the Godhead is one of the main things that sets us apart from other religions. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Deborah Dushku Gardner
Yes, Mormons are absolutely Christians! We believe in Jesus Christ, the same Jesus Christ of the Bible. He was born of the virgin Mary baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist had 12 disciples with whom he taught his gospel he lived his life healing, preaching, performing miracles, serving and loving others he died at Gethsemane on the cross three days after his death he rose from the dead and lives again as a resurrected being. He is our Lord, our Savior, and Redeemer. We believe that salvation comes only in and through our Savior, Jesus Christ.   Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Deborah Dushku Gardner
We believe in the Bible, read it, preach from it and try to follow its teachings. We also believe in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon, is a companion to the Bible--they compliment each other. I like to think of the Book of Mormon as a continuation of "the story", if you will. It tells of a people on an entirely different continent and of Christ's visit to them AFTER his resurrection. You have to read it! Read it together with the Bible and cross reference it. It is an amazing spiritual experience of total enlightenment! Show more Show less