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Hi I'm Dede

I'm an Army wife, PTA Board member, soccer mom. I love to read, play the flute, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married since 2000, and my husband and I were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Seattle Washington temple in 2008. We have two beautiful children, a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. I am a stay at home Mommy. I am an avid photographer, scrapbooker, reader, and writer. I serve as a board member for the PTA, I am a soccer mom and coach, and I serve in the Relief Society (church program for women) I love my busy life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but that is not why I am a member. I am a Mormon because I KNOW the truth of the restored gospel. I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. I have felt the Holy Ghost tell me that it is. If the Book of Mormon is true, then every thing else has to be also. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that our loving Heavenly Father has given us a living prophet on the Earth today. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly Christ's own church restored to it's fulness. When I am being taught the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have felt it's truthfulness. At Church, no one cares what you look like, where you work, how much money you make. We are all just a group of people trying to learn, trying to be better, trying to follow Christ. I have had my faith tested several times by trials I could not have survived had I not known the truthfulness of the gospel. I have been helped immeasurably by members of the Church, more than once.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the absolute best me I can be. I am not perfect, I struggle daily, but I do things whole heartedly and to the best of my ability. I always do the things I promise to do. I serve as a counselor in the Relief Society , which is the Church's organization for women. I am also the Ward Activities Chair,which means I plan the monthly social activities for everyone in our congregation, and I am the Missionary meal calendar coordinator, which means I get people in the congregation to sign up to feed the missionaries and I keep track of these meals for them. It is difficult sometimes to have so much on my plate, but I know that when I serve those around me I am serving my Heavenly Father.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Dede
A testimony is just your personal witness of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Dede
The temple is a sacred place. There is nothing secret going on inside. We don't want to keep some people out, rather, it is our desire for all people to be worthy to go inside. The temple is a place where we receive instructions on how to better ourselves and become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. In order to enter the temple, you must be living in accordance to Christ's teachings and have had an interview with your Bishop and Stake President stating your worthiness. This is to insure that only those who truly wish to worship and learn go inside. We don't speak of the ordinances that take place inside the temple because they are special, sacred, and spiritual. If you are interested in seeing the inside of a Mormon temple, we always offer open houses before a temple is dedicated. You can walk through, see all the rooms, and be given information from your tour guide. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dede
The dictionary definition of a cult (according to dictionary.com) is ; 1. particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies. 2. Sociology- a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols. Which generally can be applied to ANY religion. I think some people call us a cult because they have decided that we are weird or different, without having taken the time to truly listen to what it is we preach. I think that people are afraid to learn what we teach because they are afraid they might believe it. To them, I say; you can learn what we teach and pray about it. Don't take my word for it that it is true. Pray and ask Heavenly Father yourself. I guarantee you will receive an answer. No one can force that on you, no one can make you feel something, and then you will know of the truthfulness of what you have learned. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Dede
 You can click the tab at the top of the page that says "visit us," or the tab under the search box that says "find a Mormon church." That way you can be directed to someone in your area. You can ask one of your Mormon friends to have you over to their home so that you can meet with the missionaries. Or, you can contact me through Facebook, Twitter, or my blog and I will help you figure out what ward you live in, so that the missionaries serving that area can contact you! Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Dede
We live just like anyone else. We raise our children, we go to work, we hang out with our friends, we play sports, we are just people. What people notice about us is not what we believe, but what we do because of what we believe. We don't drink or smoke, we don't swear, we don't shop on Sundays, we don't have intimate relationships before or outside of marriage. We don't do these things because we "can't," we do them because we choose not to. We choose to be faithful to the commandments, to the direction of the Prophets, both past and present. We know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for us, but in order to follow that plan we have to be obedient to it's governing restrictions. However, even those restrictions bring us joy. I am so glad that I will never have to worry about making a poor decision while under the influence of alcohol. I am happy to know that there will never be a video clip of me on YouTube, drunk, disorderly, or out of control. I will never have to worry about nicotine stained fingers and teeth, clothes ruined by smoke smell, or holes burned into my furniture from ash. There are enough challenges in life, why add to that by ingesting harmful, even deadly, chemicals? I spend a lot of my time at church or at church related activities. This makes me happy, because even if a lot of those activities are fun and social, I am surrounded by those who believe as I do, doing wholesome activities, in a setting conducive to feeling the spirit. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Dede
The Relief Society is an amazing network of women. All women in the church aged 18 and older are members of the Relief Society, even if they have another church assignment that keep them from being able to attend Relief Society meetings on Sunday; such as teaching the children in the Primary. The Relief Society teaches spiritual lessons, holds social events, teaches skills such as crafting and cooking, plans service projects, and much MUCH more. We truly are a group of sisters in every sense of the word. It is amazing to have a large group of women of all ages together, as we all have much to teach and to learn from one another. Show more Show less