Hi I'm Debra Jo
I grew up in Arizona. I'm a mother, a teacher, a musician, and I'm a Mormon.
I am a person who loves life and living. I am almost always optimistic and try to look at the cheerful side of things. Sometimes I think I was born to be a teacher. It's like my personal calling in life. I find joy in helping others reach and accomplish their goals and I especially love working with children. I have taught 2nd grade, 6th grade, preschool, and private music lessons. I have also tutored students of different ages in a wide variety of subjects. I feel like one of the most divine responsibilities I have is to teach my children. I get excited to show them new places and watch them learn new skills. My husband and I feel it's important to build a foundation of learning and discovery in their lives; we love taking family outings and talking about all the sights we see as we let them explore. Some of my other interests include running, making crafts, journal keeping, playing the piano and guitar, taking trips, and spending time with family and friends.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was in 2nd grade, I was reading the Book of Mormon in my bedroom one night. I do not remember the exact verse I was reading, but I was in the book of Nephi, and the passage I read made me so happy and feel so good inside that I started to cry. I later recognized that feeling as the Holy Ghost, and I have felt that feeling time and time again testifying to my soul that the word of the Lord is true. I know it to be true, and as I have chosen to follow the commandments to the best of my ability I have seen evidence of the blessings that come from living the way Heavenly Father has asked us to live. While my parents and grandparents grew up with the gospel in their lives, too, the choice to live it has always been up to me. As a teenager I especially gained a stronger witness as I shared what I believed with others, and as I found the happiness that living the gospel brings.
How I live my faith
Every day I live my faith by starting out with prayer. I pray for ways that I can help others who might need my help that day. Whenever a good thought or idea comes to my mind, I try to follow through with it right then and there. I also read my scriptures every day. My husband and I read together as well as on our own and we tell our kids a scripture story every day. I want them to grow up with a deep love for the stories in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The words of the scriptures are comforting and inspiring, and I have felt God in my life because I read his words and try to remember them. I also keep a journal of the experiences I have where I have felt the love of God through others; I write down experiences when I have seen my prayers answered. I also live my faith by doing everything I can to be kind to my family and fulfill my responsibilities as a wife, mother, sister, daugther, and friend. Whenever I recognize that I haven't been as thoughtful as I should be, I ask them forgiveness and strive to act better. I also try to serve others in different way. Right now I am a youth leader. I enjoy working with the 14 and 15 year old girls in my church. It's fun to teach and to serve them. When there are hard times in my life I live my faith by trusting in the Lord. I pray for help to be happy even when it seems like I couldn't find happiness with the difficult situation. I also pray for help to forgive others. Sometimes life is hard and it seems some obstacles feel like traps we might never get out of, but I have learned by experience to never give up because the Lord will "wipe away tears from off all faces" (Isaiah 25:9) I know that when the trials are over, if you put your trust in the Lord, the pain of the bad experiences will be washed away, and we can find joy in Him. I find so much hope in the Savior Jesus Christ and the way his sacrifice gives us the power we need to get through the good times and the bad times.