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Hi I'm Donna

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About Me

Hello, I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I joined in 1973 and have been blessed to be a member for over 3 decades. As a child I was always searching for truth. I remember once as a little girl we had a an unexpected hailstorm in July. I had been reading in my Bible about the plagues in Egypt and was sure the Lord was sending us one too. I ran out to tell my neighbors the Lord was coming. That turned out to be embarrassing for my parents because they thought I was crazy but I was led to find the gospel years later as a teen. I recall hearing the message of Joseph Smith and feeling immediately in my heart that it was true. I have since been an active member and I love sharing the word of God with people. I am married 24 years to a terrific guy who is honorable and compassionate. I am a mother of 4 children. I work in education and I love to blog, writing in general and reading everything I can. The greatest blessing in my life is my family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the center of my life and I believe this is all part of the Lord's plan for us. I have been preserved through several near-death experiences in my life and have recovered from many serious accidents. I've lived a life of both feast and famine but through it all the Lord has blessed me with peace and calm in my life. I love the Lord and because of his inspiration in my life I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Catholic and had many questions. Many of these questions were not answered and I sought my them elsewhere. I was 15 at the time. There was a great religious movement in the early 70s. I visited many other churches but still couldn't get the answers to the plan of salvation. I believed that the Savior could also be my personal friend and no other church taught such a personal relationship with the Savior as did the Latter Day Saints. I read about the church in a magazine and wanted to know more about this religion. My parents agreed to let me learn about the gospel in a member's home. I heard the story of Joseph Smith's vision and felt the power of the Lord warm me to the depth of my heart but still I wanted to know what they were teaching was true or not. After my first discussion I went to my room and prayed about Joseph Smith, his vision and the Book of Mormon. I stayed on my knees until I fell asleep and in the morning I was still kneeling by my bed. I awoke early and began to pray again. This time within moments I felt a powerful warmth envelope my entire body, my mind felt "enlightened" and my heart felt peace. I knew it was true and I knew that If Joseph Smith was a prophet than he truly had that vision and the Book of Mormon also was true. I began to read the Book of Mormon and couldn't stop. It was like memories of things I already knew. My father resisted but later allowed me to join the church. During this time of waiting I met much adversity and trials yet my faith was strong and I told my father I wanted to be baptized. Since then my father and mother joined the church as well and we were sealed in the Temple a year later. I have never doubted the testimony that began all those years ago. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and we are led by a prophet today. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God as truly as I breathe. By obedience and enduring to the end we shall receive exaltation.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings and assignments in my church life however currently I am serving as a response team service missionary. My life is filled with daily devotions which take me on a journey of unparalleled joy and peace. I pray everyday and with a sincere heart I receive my answers and I am guided by the Holy Ghost. As I study the scriptures whether it is for a specific topic or just to read to learn new things or to be uplifted at time of crisis the Spirit whispers truth to me and I am strengthened. I try to be the best mother and wife I can be and while there is no parenting guidebook there are always the scriptures. I turn my life over to the Lord and pray that He will continually guide me. My life is a series of events which make up a collage of memories filled with the Lord as my center. I try to live by example and testimony and I look to others who seek the Lord so I can improve my life in little ways everyday. The gospel is the center of my life and I pray that it can be for everyone. I live my life by the words in the song..."I Know My Redeemer Lives" He lives what joy this sentence give, I know that my Redeemer lives!"

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Donna
We are just like the rest of the world when it comes which holidays we celebrate however in Utah they also celebrate Pioneer Day in July to honor the Mormon pioneers of the early church. There was much sacrifice made in these early years and these saints traveled thousands of miles to exercise their freedom to worship and live in a peaceful humble manner. We celebrate the typical national holidays such as Christmas and Easter which are central to the life, death and resurrection of Christ. We do enjoy Halloween traditions with our children nothing horrifying or dark. Independence Day and of course our own personal cultural holidays such as Birthdays, etc. As for how we dress. It has been said that the church is the Lord's school and the Temple is the Lord's University. We go on Sunday to learn and progress spiritually so we put on our best dress clothes to attend church. Men generally dress in suits and wear a tie, women in dresses or skirts and of modest style and length. Children dress similarly.The Temple is also a sacred place so we wear our Sunday best to enter the House of the Lord. The way you dress affects your mood.When I dress appropriately I feel I have taken the time to show the Lord I have done my best outwardly as well as inwardly. Just as we wouldn't go swimming in a snowsuit we also wouldn't enter the House of the Lord in dirty coveralls or play clothes. The Lord accepts us regardless but asks that we dress appropriately when we come to worship Him. Show more Show less

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

Donna
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints follows the patriarchal order in the church and home. The men are given the priesthood authority as they come of age and or after a period after baptism. They preside over the various organizations in the church and women also hold leadership roles. For example three of the Church auxiliaries are led fully by women and are presided over by the Priesthood. Woman are encouraged to stay at home while raising their children but are not rebuked for having employment outside of the home. The church recognizes the need of individual families and woman who may have to work outside of the home.They also recognize the need of single mothers and widows and offer assistance and encouragement anyway possible.Women are equal in the sense of all members in sustaining and supporting those members as they are called to various assignments and are given the utmost respect as the matriarch of the home. Women are highly revered by the highest authorities in the church and are well respected. On a personal note I found as a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I actually have more freedom and respect than those who may not follow the tenets of our belief because LDS women are highly respected as "women of virtue and honor". I am grateful to be a latter day saint woman and to be a mother and wife my first and foremost calling in life. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Donna
Woman are endowed with the ability to be compassionate and loving by nature. Our church provides an organization for woman to strengthen ourselves, our families and our homes. The lessons we learn in Relief Society teach us to build our faith and strengthen ourselves so we may lift others and lighten their burdens. We learn of Christ, we teach of Christ we try to live as Christ. The motto of Relief Society is "Charity Never Faileth". As a former Relief Society President I learned so much of love and compassion. I learned the values of womanhood, motherhood and being a daughter of our Heavenly Father. I learned that to learn one must be humble and patient and most often long-suffering. These are the qualities of Christ and they are taught in Relief Society. These are lovely, virtuous women serving the Lord together as sisters in the gospel. The organization is for woman 18 years and older. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Donna
Tithing: $1.00 = $0.10 cents. Is that so hard to give? People find it peculiar that we pay 10% of our income to our church. They ask? Why would you do it? Technically speaking we support many things with our tithes; operation of our church facilities, education of those who cannot receive it; welfare assistance to our members, missionaries serving the Lord, etc. The list goes on but that is not why I pay it. I pay tithing because it brings forth blessings. Sacrifice was spoken over repeatedly throughout the Bible and it is nothing new. We sacrifice a portion of our income to bless the lives of others. The Lord has asked us to do it and we do it. We do not follow blindly, we exercise individual faith to do it. It is not easy at first for someone unaccustomed to it but with faith it is not a burden at all. My story: When I was first married my spouse and I had to pay a tax debt. We had no savings and lived within our means. The time came to pay our debt and all we had left was $148.14 in our checkbook. We had to pay tithing or pay our taxes. The amount for both was $148.00. We decided to exercise our faith and paid our tithing. On April 15th our mail came and in it was an insurance check for $148.14. Could it be this coincidental or heavenly intervention? I don't know about you but I claimed it a miracle and we paid both debts. We had $.14 cents in our checkbook until our next payday and didn't need a thing for those 14 days. This is my testimony of tithing. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Donna
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is an active church filled with millions of members nationwide. The one thing that differentiates our church from others is that when members are converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ they desire all to receive it. It brings so much joy and happiness. This does not mean that life gets easier, prosperity rains down upon us or that clarity comes to all facets of our lives but what it does mean is that in our everyday lives we become closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through humble prayer, study of the scriptures and through companionship with the gift of the Holy Ghost. If you had something so precious that made you want to try hard everyday to be the best you could be wouldn't you want to share that gift with others? Sharing the gospel with the world is allowing each of us to act for the Savior and in some small way repay his amazing gift given to us; a knowledge of the gospel truth. This is why missionaries proselyte because light and truth fill our souls with peace and happiness and we want everyone to feel it also. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Donna
I know lots of folks who would study the scientific method to understand that there is God but it is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that a true testimony comes by way of the Holy Ghost's confirmation of truth. I think it's really quite simple. I have lived many places in America and everywhere I go I meet new people, see new things in nature and experience new experiences. Human beings are the most perfect creation. Have you ever thought about how much it would take to create a human being? Have you counted the stars in heaven or got lost after the first hundred? How about looking at a blade of grass or a new flower in spring, experience the birth of a child, intelligence is a creation of God but the act of creating a world without heavenly intervention is just impossible. I go back to the one thing I would answer it is everything everywhere that tells me there is a God and it is by faith that I accept this truth. Show more Show less