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Hi I'm Deena

I'm a compliance professional, former CIA, a singer, member of a fantastic family, and member of a fantastic church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Any one who has ever heard "Dr. Laura" knows she always says "I am my kid's mom." Well, I am a daughter of my Father in Heaven and the younger sister of my Savior Jesus Christ. I am also my niece's and nephew's aunt, by aunt's niece, my brother's sister, my sister's sister, and all my friends' friend. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ with all my heart and want more than anything to be obedient to what He wants me to do and who He wants me to be. Nothing matters more than God, my family, loving my earthly brothers and sisters, and living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom once said she helped Dad raise us in the church because she wanted us to have a choice between something and nothing. That says a lot. While there are lots of good people and good religions on this earth, stopping there is like going to a gourmet buffet and going home after the appetizer! Nothing compares to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We truly have it all! A living prophet? Check. The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Check. Christ as the true head of this church? Check. The companionship of the Holy Ghost? Check. The priesthood of God traced directly, physically back to Jesus Christ? Check. Additional scripture that clarifies and adds to the Bible? Check. Wholesomeness and family-oriented? Check. As a whole, they is not a better church nor is there a better group of people on the planet.

How I live my faith

The list is long, but one of the ways I love to live my faith is to sing praises to my Savior--literally. I am a soprano soloist and two of my favorite songs are "O Divine Redeemer" and "O Holy Night." I love how they bear testimony of Jesus Christ in song. I am also a member of the Saints Unified Voices choir and love, love, love how we sing praises to our God! In addition, I study my scriptures daily, pray daily, teach at church, visit my elderly aunt often, and choose wholesome activities. I love movies, but those are not as wholesome as they used to be--thank goodness for tvguardian and clearplay! I strive to follow the admonition of Paul in Philippians ch4 v8, I believe all good things, I have hope in all good things, I endure many things, and I hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, I seek after these things.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No! In fact, the choir I sing with, Saints Unified Voices, is a great example of this. We represent many races and colors--African American, Polynesian, Persian, Native American, Caucasian, plus a few others and we are directed by a wonderful African American woman you may have heard of by the name of Gladys Knight Mcdowell. All of us are faithful members of the church who come together to sing praises to our Father and Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. One of the messages we bring to the world through song and through example is that there are no race or color restrictions as to who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also no race or color restrictions as to who can hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. In the Book of Mormon we read that the Lord 'inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God' (2 Nephi 26:33). We, as members of His church from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, sing glory to God! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is one of my favorite doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon teaches ‘For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do’ (2 Nephi 25:23). In the Bible Dictionary (a study help found in the back of our Bibles) we learn, 'It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means.' I especially love that last part, that by grace we can 'receive strength and assistance to do good works that [we] otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to [our] own means.' To me this teaches that not only will I be saved by grace, but, because of my Savior, grace can be a part of my everyday life and that it will help me to do good--always! Show more Show less