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Hi I'm DeEsta

I was born in Minnesota but lived all over the map, and I am a Mormon

About Me

When I was 11 my grandmother gave me some fabric and a pattern so I could make a dress for myself. She had been making clothes for my sister and I since I can remember and had been teaching both of us to sew even though we didn't realize it. The dress was wonderful and I started sewing for myself and others. Sewing became something I loved and later in life I was able to supplement the family income without being away from home. It has been a source of pleasure and relaxation for many years. I also spent 25 years as a beautician. I read as much as my time and eyes allow. I also work on my family history, and weave and crochet. My husband and I raised 5 wonderful children, we have 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. I love traveling and meeting new people. My husband spent many years in the military so because of that I was able to go to places I would never have been able to go to otherwise, I have had a wonderful life.

Why I am a Mormon

For many years I had questions about the church that I grew up in, but always accepted the answer that either we were not supposed to know, or there was no answer. When my 5th child was born prematurely with serious health issues he spent 6 weeks in intensive care and had to have an emergency baptism, I questioned my pastor as to what would happen if the baby had died before being baptized and I was told he would go to limbo, but the pastor could not tell me where limbo was either. That was not an acceptable answer, but I kept attending church and kept asking questions that could not be answered. When that child was 4 years old the Mormon missionaries came to our house, we invited them in and I started asking all the questions I had never been able to get answers to. The missionaries not only answered the questions for me, but showed me in the scriptures where they got the answers. Many things had happened to me that were unexplainable until that time and so of course I wanted more. That was 46 years ago and I have never been happier with my choice to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and I am constantly learning.

How I live my faith

Since joining the church, I have held many positions. I taught young children in their programs, taught Sunday School, taught in the women's program, sang in the choir and worked in the History Center and in the Temple. I have had several serious health issues which caused me to stop doing some of the things I had done for years. When my health was improved I went monthly with my friend and visited several of the members in their homes to find out how they were, if they had any needs and helped them when I could. These days I am not able to get out much so instead of going to their homes I write letters to them. I also have made or helped make quilts, baby blankets, hats, and children's clothing to be donated to needy people all over the world. And of course I attend all of my meetings and enjoy it very much. All of the years my husband was in the military we never worried about not being with our families, the church members are a huge part of our family and were always there for us wherever we went, and we were extended family to those around us whether of our Faith or not. I found that this is not only a religion, but a way of life.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The church does not endorse political parties, we are normal people who have our own opinion and have the freedom to choose. What the church does ask us to do is to become active in our communities and local, state and federal politics. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

We believe that our families can be together in family groups for eternity. That includes ancestors and decendants. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

You can find the Church Of Jesus Christ listed in the phone book and ask for missionaries to visit you. If you know of someone who is a member ask them and they can contact the missionaries for you, watch for the ads the church has on TV and call the 800 number, or go to Mormon.org You can also locate a church building and attend a meeting and talk to someone directly about missionaries. The greatest way is if you go through Utah is to visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes we are, our church is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. and we study the Bible, Jesus Christ is the base of the church, without Him there would be no church. The name of the church is not the Mormon Church, it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day-Saints. The Book of Mormon is a testimony of the truthfulness of the Bible Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

The "testamony" that I have is the truthfulness that I know that God lives, loves me and knows me personally, Jesus Christ lived, atoned for the sins of the world died that my sins can be forgiven and was resurrected so I will be able to return to my Father in Heaven. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to this earth and that Joseph Smith was the person chosen by God to fulfill this propohecy which is descibed in several books in the Bible. Even though I wasn't present when this occured, my study, prayers and faith tell me that these are without a doubt true facts. Show more Show less