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