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Hi I'm Dawn

I grew up in Southern California. I worked at Disneyland. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a divorced single mother of three. While I do work full time as a special education teacher, I still try to find time do the things I enjoy. I really enjoy reading mysteries and learning about old things. I am interested in archaeology and the theater. I like to travel when funds allow, but I don't mind just driving around my state with my kids and seeing what's here. A perfect day would be someone else making all the food and doing all the cleaning up while I read and then going to the movies with my family. My kids and I enjoy playing games with each other. One of our favorites is what we call the writing game. We each start a story and then fold down the paper so the next person who writes can't see everything we've written. Then we pass the paper along and the next person adds to our story. When we have all added to each other's stories we read them aloud. They are so funny! My kids make me save them so we can get them out and read them again. They still make us laugh!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, and have always felt that I was doing what was right, but I think in everyone's life there is a time when we have to decide who we are and what we believe. I think my defining moment came when my husband told me he wanted a divorce. My kids were younger then, but I remember thinking that I couldn't control what he was deciding. I could only control what I was going to do about it. I decided that I would continue to go to church even if it was by myself with my kids and we would still do all the things that our Heavenly Father asked us to do. Sometimes, it was hard, but it has made all the difference. I am still a Mormon because I know God hears my prayers and answers them. He knows me and sent His Son to die for me so I can return to live with Him someday. The Atonement takes away my feelings of betrayal and hurt and gives me hope for tomorrow. I read the Book of Mormon daily and know that it is true. I am constantly amazed how the things related in the Book of Mormon apply to my life, here and now even though it was written a long time ago. God loves us so he sends us prophets to guide us and let us know what he wants us to do. Moses and Abraham were prophets as was Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson today. I know that I have a forever family. You may wonder how I believe that when I am divorced and my ex-husband is remarried to someone else. I trust God, and I believe it will all work out in the end. Do I understand everything? No. Can I see the end from the beginning? No. I will do my part and I know Christ will make up the difference. These things I believe give me hope and through my hope comes faith and trust in my Heavenly Father and his plan.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? One day at a time, one lesson at a time, one moment at a time. My first priority is my family and so I spend most of my time making sure they are participating in wholesome activities. We go to church on Sunday and then during the week they attend a youth group on Wednesdays. I try to be available when they need rides or help because it provides a good opportunity for us to talk to each other. Another thing I do to live my faith is teach uplifting songs to children ages 3-11. We sing about Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, our families, the temple where our marriages are performed, the seasons, and other fun things. I really enjoy this opportunity because it allows me to feel happy while I am serving others. I like to sing, and even though I am not the best singer, we all have a good time. Lastly, I have a friend that once a month we go and visit some of our other friends that we have been assigned to and deliver a short message. It sure brings joy to all of us and helps us help each other.

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

Dawn
The beauty of the earth, the intelligence of man, the organization of the universe. There is too much order for things to have just appeared out of chaos. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dawn
Learn about Mormonism through meeting with the missionaries and read the Book of Mormon. Then if you really want to know, pray to God and he will answer you. You will know in your heart and mind through the power of the Holy Ghost if Mormonism is true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dawn
Think of the most exciting news you have ever received. Maybe it was a promotion or acceptance to college, or the fact that you or your wife was pregnant. Maybe it was as simple as your dream date asked you to prom or you aced your math test. Did you keep the news to yourself? The plan of happiness put in place by our Father in Heaven is the most exciting news I can imagine. That families can be together forever, that I can be forgiven of my sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that someday I can live with God and Jesus Christ again, that God is there and knows me and wants me to succeed...that is good news. That is more than good news that is the most wonderful news I can possibly imagine. Why would I want to keep it to myself? Did Christ keep it to himself? When Christ was on the earth he went about sharing the good news. We strive to follow the pattern set by the Savior. We go about spreading the good news to as many who are willing to listen all over the world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Dawn
God talks to all his children through prophets. Prophets have been on the earth since the beginning of time. They receive revelation from God about important things that we need to know. The Bible is a collection of records telling us what the prophets said and what God wanted his people to do then, lessons for now can be found in what happened then. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Dawn
The missionaries will talk about Jesus Christ, the Son of God and his gospel. They will talk about the Book of Mormon and ask you to read and pray about it. They will talk to you about prophets and the Plan of Happiness that is for all of God's children. They will talk about Joseph Smith. They will talk about the Law of Chastity, the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Tithing. They will talk about baptism and following Christ's example to be baptized. They will pray with you and for you as you listen to their message. Show more Show less

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

Dawn
Mormon women are strong, smart, compassionate, kind and spiritual. We seek to do good wherever we are and for whomever we come in contact with. Mormons believe that men and women are equal, but have different responsibillities. Show more Show less