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Hi I'm Dawn Buttars

About Me

I come from a wonderful family. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I was not born in nor did I grow up in the church, but was converted to the gospel while attending university in 1997. It was not the easiest change of lifestyle, but it did offer a much needed change in my life, and brought the peace and happiness that can only come from knowing and living the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child I lost my mother. Ever since that moment, I had questions about our existence as human beings. No person, or religious denomination had ever answered these questions until I met missionaries who explained the plan of salvation to me. All my childhood questions were answered, and I was able to connect the dots. The Holy Ghost testified to me that the things I was taught were true. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church here upon the earth, and that it is led by those who have priesthood authority and keys to act in His name.

How I live my faith

I am by no means perfect. Ask my husband, family or friends. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. That is the wonderful news of the gospel. It takes someone as rough and raw at the edges as me, and transforms me over the course of my life to become more like my Savior each day. I try to live my faith by being kind and gentle to those around me. I will be the first to tell you that this doesn't always work. I try to be an example to those around me, especially young children. Finally, near and dear to my heart are the scriptures, which teach me the things I should be doing.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dawn Buttars
I remember when I was first learning about the church, they were having a meeting at the what I thought was the "Steak" Centre....I thought to myself that we were going to get fed very well....Shortly thereafter, I learned of some of the Mormon terminology... A Ward is basically a congregation that meets together to worship within a set of boundaries A Stake is a group of wards within a boundary A Branch is a smaller congregation or version of a ward Show more Show less