Hi I'm L. Donnell
I was born in Las Vegas, NV. I love helping people. I'm a Mormon.
I went to college to become a teacher, I taught 7th grade Reading, and then decided to be a full-time homemaker. I have three children and they are my life's work. I love being a wife and a mother. I am interested in service and humanitarian work. I have worked with local food banks and other charities and I love the feeling I have afterwards. My husband earned his Master's Degree about ten years ago and now it's my turn. I hope to begin work on my Master's Degree within the next year. I really want to teach Humanities at the college level. I love learning new things. My interests include, reading, writing, hiking, and nature. I LOVE to travel and hope to see Europe someday.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents joined the church before I was born. I was raised in the church, however, I consider myself a convert. I believe that each member of the church is a convert. At some point our hearts are turned towards the Savior. I was fourteen when I truly prayed and asked if Joseph Smith was a prophet. I felt an answer to my prayer. However, later in my life I was not doing all that I should have been, and I felt that I had turned away from Christ. I discovered that I was not happy and felt a lack of direction and purpose in my life. I turned back to Him and found that even though I had turned away, he was still looking in my direction. He was there waiting for me to return. I was converted in that moment of realization, and promised to serve Him the rest of my life. Over the years, my testimony has grown. As I have studied the scriptures, attended church and prayed, my understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ has dramatically increased. I am convinced that our testimonies grow proportionally to the effort we make to learn. I love the Savior, I know that he lives. In the church I find all of the things that I need to do to follow the Savior's example. I find the authority of the Priesthood, and I find the peace of knowing my purpose in this life.
How I live my faith
I love serving in the church. I accept callings that come to me. I have taught little children, teenagers, and worked in the library, currently I work as the leader of the women's organization of the church in my area. I truly want to learn from each experience that I have in life, and I have learned so much about myself through fulfilling callings. I live my faith by living a righteous life. I love the Lord and am so grateful to know that he loves me. Because of that relationship, I want to keep the commandments to show my love for Him. I tell my children that the commandments are "protections", by keeping the commandments, I can be protected from negative consequences that inevitably follow poor decisions. Sometimes, I make mistakes and I am so grateful to know that I can repent and ask the Lord to forgive me. Everyday is a new day to show the Lord I love Him by living a good life.