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Hi I'm Donna

Raised in Hawaii. Convert. Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Homeschool. Artist. Frugalite. Gardener. Genealogy. Classics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter, a wife, a mother of seven children (four boys and three girls), a grandmother of ten (ten boys and three girls). I am an artist working in stained glass murals and micro-sandcarving. I have a BA in Fine Art (1980) a MA in Education (2008). I love doing family history, gardening, canning, sewing, and I love learning! I enjoy homeschooling my children. I run a mentoring website for mothers, to promote home learning, as well as to help bring back refinement, culture, a love of great literature and the lost arts of making a house into a home.

Why I am a Mormon

I searched different Christian churches. I was looking for God's church. They all had fragments of the truth. They could not all be right. I called several churches seeking to know from the source what they believed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answered. I asked for missionaries. Two missionaries came. They said I could ask God and find out for myself. I felt I had found the church that had all of the truth, the Lord's church. My sister and I were baptized. I continued studying my Bible and now I had more scripture to study, as well. In 1979, we spent the summer in Kentucky while my husband worked. I wanted to share the Book of Mormon with a neighbor; the words just would not come. I realized that my heart and mind knew that I was in the right church, but that had not received a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I sincerely prayed. I felt the spirit pour warmth and aliveness like I had never ever felt before. It poured through my body, from the crown of my head to the bottoms of my feet, every fiber of my being was alive, knew and felt the power of the Spirit testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is true. I will never forget that answer. I was then able to give the Book of Mormon my neighbor, and testify without a doubt that I knew the Book of Mormon was true. God's word continues to impact my life for good. I have come to know that nothing can surpass what comes from the Spirit of God to our souls.

How I live my faith

The most important work I do in my faith, is in my home. I read and study my scriptures, seeking to align my life with God's word, and I pray seeking daily guidance. I work and play with my children and thus work to create a safe home environment of love and trust where my children can thrive. We have daily devotions- we sing hymns, pray, read and discuss the scriptures. We look for ways to love and serve our neighbors. In my local faith community (called a ward), I am a visiting teacher, which means I visit other women in my congregation, bring them a message of hope and love from church leaders, encourage, up lift, assist, and am just their friend. I also serve as the Primary President in my ward, serving with two counselors and a secratary. This means I am responsible for the organization that serves the children under 12 in our ward. We have programs for children on Sunday, and during the week. We have cub scouts and 11 year old boy scouts for boys 8-12. We have activity days for girls 8-12. We work to be a second witness to the Gospel lessons taught in the home. We teach the Gospel message through story, activities, and song. I recently served as a part-time service missionary for the church. I served as a family history consultant working in a large Family History Library. I taught university students how to digitize vital records and assisted patrons working on their family history.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that as through the fall of Adam death came unconditionally to all mankind. We believe that through God's plan that through the atonement of Christ, all men will be saved from an eternity in the grave. Resurrection will come to all men unconditionally. II Corinthians 5:18-19. Jesus sacrificed for us, once and for all. Hebrews 10:10 Yes, we are saved from eternity in the grave, through the grace of God to all men, and there is nothing we do to receive this gift from God. Ephesians 2:8. From the Book of Mormon - II Nephi 2:8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. What happens after that resurrection? We are judged according to our works. Revelations 20:12-13. He is not speaking of the works of the Law of Moses. Peter is speaking of our deeds, whether they are good works or evil. What happens after judgment? We all receive a glory of God, except those who reject it. From the Book of Mormon we read- 2 Nephi 25:23 "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." What is all we can do? All we can do is come unto Christ, believe in Him, and be reconciled to God, and submit to His will in our lives. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Mormon Church does not endorse political parties. I live in Utah and my present Bishop is a Democrat, and his counselors (assistants) are Republican. We are encouraged to participate as citizens in the process. Each member has the following responsibility as stated in our modern scripture, Doctrine and Covenants 98:10- "Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil." So, we are encouraged to this duty. Show more Show less