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Hi I'm Denise

I'm a military brat. I'm a Stay-At-Home Wife and Mom. I'm a linguist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My Dad was in the military, so we traveled a lot when I was a kid. As much as I grew up in any one place, I grew up in Alaska. I went to BYU and graduated with a degree in Linguistics, a minor in Spanish, and the bizarre ability to instantly pronounce words backwards (it was the side effect of a phonetics class). I have a fantastic husband and two adorable (and crazy) little ones. I love ballroom dancing and reading. I'm also a nerd. I play video games with my husband, read Tolkein annually, and have a not-so-secret ambition to create a really good Lord of the Rings costume for Halloween.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents started taking me to Church when I was six. Sometimes I wish I had developed this instant testimony, but I didn't. Then one day, when I was 12, I managed to crank up my courage and kneel down and ask if the Church was true. I just wanted to know that I was doing the right thing, that God was paying attention, and that my concerns were important to Him. I couldn't believe how I felt when I asked God to send me an answer. It was the clearest, most unimaginable thing I had ever felt-- peace, and joy, and courage. I've not turned back since. Sometimes it's tempting, and sometimes I'm troubled, but God has never, ever left me. Living this way keeps me close to Him-- and that's worth whatever it takes.

How I live my faith

I lead the music for my congregation's meeting every Sunday. It's a lot of fun to see and hear everybody singing, and to have a chance to really think about what I'm saying when I'm singing. One of the women that plays the organ for our music is a friend that I've been asked to visit at least once a month, just to make sure that all is well, and remind her that she's thought of and loved. Someone also comes to see me-- we all hold each other up. I try to live each day so that God is proud of me at the end of it. It doesn't always make things easy-- but it makes me so happy!

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is fun. And peaceful. There are activities and parties and all kinds of things to do. But more than that, being a Mormon brings me so much peace. I know that I'm not in charge-- but I also know God is, and I know He loves me. He knows my name, and He's paying attention. So even when things are crazy, I know that I am NEVER alone. And a lot of the time, that's all you need. Show more Show less