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Hi I'm Donna

I'm a French teacher, a literature nut, a cancer survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After finishing up a graduate degree in French teaching, I landed a dream job as a private teacher for a wealthy American family in France. I hadn't been over there for a year before re-meeting one of my former students (a young, handsome Italian) and finding myself engaged within a few months! Then, last October, just two months before our wedding, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. At age 29, this is not what I had expected. Miraculously, we were able to keep our wedding date in December, in spite of chemo and its accompanying sickness. Even more miraculously, the cancer is gone after 6 months of treatment and I can call myself a survivor!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, but my membership in the Church extends beyond family beliefs and cultural traditions. I don't believe in leading an unexamined life, so I've spent a lot of time studying the doctrines and principles of the restored Gospel in order to make informed decisions about my faith. But more than just study, I have experienced the joy of physical and spiritual healing which I know can only come from God as I seek to follow His gospel. When things seem too difficult to keep pressing on, I receive an amazing amount of strength through relying on the Savior and remembering that I never have to walk through anything alone. And in the end, I know that even something emotionally and physically painful can become a beautiful triumph through the miracle of the Savior's atonement.

How I live my faith

I believe in the importance of doing the little things--daily scripture study, continual prayer, and regular worship at church. I love having opportunities to build up others through fulfilling a variety of responsibilities in my own ward, and I think that one of the key reasons the Church is organized in wards and branches is to teach us how to love people we wouldn't have troubled ourselves to know otherwise. And our lives are so much richer as a result!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I don't profess to have all the answers, but I do know that as a woman, I feel fully endowed with all blessings and potential necessary to happiness and fulfillment. Women are given a variety of important responsibilities in the LDS Church, and in my previous calling as a president in our ward Relief Society (the Church's organization for women), I got to serve, lead, and learn in a way every bit as equal to corresponding callings in the priesthood. I've never felt slighted or underprivileged as a Mormon woman; our leaders--both local and otherwise--show the utmost respect for women. Show more Show less