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Hi I'm Donnalynn

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church as a teenager.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, grandmother and a musician. I have a son and a daughter, a daughter-in-law and a baby grandson. I teach piano and accompany a number of choirs at a private school. I am also very involved in musical theatre. I write music (mostly for choirs) and perform occasionally. I am learning to play the harp, and take a class in sign language. I love to research my family history and can throw a great theme party. I am definitely not a "typical" mormon wife - I don't bake bread or sew. I am not a good cook, nor am I a scrapbooker. I do love the gospel, and I love to read and learn. Update: My husband was recently diagnosed with a gluten allergy, so I have begun to bake bread and make meals from scratch. (I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!) We also welcomed a beautiful granddaughter to our family.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was twelve years old, I attended a class to prepare for confirmation in another faith. As the minister taught, I found I had many questions about the church's beliefs. He was unable to answer my questions, and I came away more and more confused about my faith. I chose not to be confirmed. When I was fourteen, I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I visited Cody, Wyoming, where the church displayed a beautiful mural. A young man explained the story of the church's beginnings and its early history. He suggested I contact the church when I returned home to learn more. I did. By the time I began to study the gospel with the missionaries, I had already read a good portion of the Book of Mormon, and felt that it was true. I was thrilled to hear the doctrine about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit being separate. It was how I had always believed. As I learned the other principles of the gospel, I was impressed at how logical it all was. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answered so many of the questions I had about religion. I felt in my heart that it was all true. I wanted to be baptized. As a minor, I needed my parents' permission. My father, however, was very much opposed to my becoming a Latter-day Saint. We argued a great deal. I finally realized that trying to reason with him would not work. I prayed and fasted that his heart would be softened, so that I would be able to be baptized. The Lord answered my prayers and I was baptized in 1973, at the age of 14. Over the years, my father did soften towards the church thanks to the example of a young man I was dating. My mother joined the church a couple of years later. After the young man served a mission, we were married in the temple. Life has not always been. There have been health challenges and financial difficulties. But we know that our Heavenly Father will bless us with the things we need, when we need them. The gospel has been a wonderful influence in our lives.

How I live my faith

We live in an area where the church is growing very slowly. In our little branch, I serve as organist and choir director. I love to be able to serve using the talents the Lord has given. I was recently asked to serve in the presidency of the Relief Society, the womens' auxiliary. I am also a "Visiting Teacher" - going with a partner to visit some of the ladies in our branch. It is just another way we can support one another and perhaps help to meet our sisters' needs.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Donnalynn
I faced the same question as a teenager. There is a promise given in The Book of Mormon (page 529)which reads "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost." If you read, study and ponder the things you have learned, then ask Heavenly Father if they are true, He will answer your prayer. The answer may come in the form of a warm, peaceful feeling, or as a quiet thought. The answer may not come immediately, but it will come. I was blessed with my answer soon after I began reading the Book of Mormon. I just knew in my heart that what I was reading was truth. You can too. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Donnalynn
I don't think there is one answer to what Mormon women are like. I don't sew or bake. I don't have six children. I don't scrapbook. I did stay home with my children, but I taught piano at home. My husband and I are partners in our home. We have divided household chores according to who can do what best, or who has the time to do various tasks. In our home, I take care of the finances. I do most of the laundry and cleaning, but my husband does more cooking. In all big decisions, my husband and I counsel together. While women in the church do not hold the authority of the Priesthood, we have an important role in the church. Women may pray and speak in church meetings, offer readings and opinions. We teach sunday school classes and lead the women's auxiliary, children's organization and young women's group. We plan activities for our local church unit. We organize and carry out service projects in the church and the community. We counsel with our local church leaders and help find solutions to problems. As a Latter-day Saint woman, I do not feel inferior. I know that the Lord has a powerful work for me to do within the organization of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Donnalynn
I recently experienced the death of my mother. After surviving two breast cancers and a kidney cancer, she was diagnosed with leukemia and given only months to live. As she had been living with our family, I became her primary care-giver. Watching her waste away was difficult and heart-wrenching. As she became more and more ill, she was admitted to the hospital where I continued to visit and do what I could for her. I recall many nights when I would leave the hospital and look up the the stars in the sky and pour my heart out to the Lord. I knew that I could not carry this burden alone and needed His help. Day after day, for three months, I received the help I needed to remain strong. When the phone rang at 11:30 one night, I knew Mom had died. In that instant I literally felt arms enfold me and comfort me. That feeling continued with me through the next few days as I planned the funeral and all of the other things that were needed at that time. I had assumed I would be devastated at my Mother's death, but, although I did feel sad at my loss, I knew without a doubt that the Lord was with me. Because of the church's teachings, I understand what happens after this life and I have a firm belief that I will see my mother again. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Donnalynn
Oh YES!! The name of the church says it all. We follow the Jesus Christ of the New Testament - the Son of God. He who was born to the virgin Mary in Bethlehem, who grew to establish His church with apostles. He who performed miracles, healing the sick and raising the dead. He who atoned for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemene and suffered on the cross that we too might rise again. Show more Show less