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Hi I'm Debbie.

I'm married to my best friend. I'm a piano teacher. I'm 6 years cancer free. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Life is good! My family is most dear to me. Jay and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Our five children are a joy and their five children are a blessing! It is the relationships we build and the memories we create now that will last an eternity. Through the years my love for children/youth and music have intertwined. Twenty two years ago I began teaching piano, thanks to a friend's persistent encouragement. Countless children have been welcomed weekly to our home as they've developed their musical talent and self confidence. I love the "ah HA!" moments that come shining in their eyes and smile, whether I'm teaching music or the gospel in a church class for youth.

Why I am a Mormon

Life has moved me around the states. I've lived on both coasts, in the Midwest, and the northern and southern borders of the United States. The gospel's consistency as I've moved about has always been a comfort. This and my personal study of the scriptures has strengthened my knowledge that this is Christ's church restored as He organized it when He was on the earth. I love the scriptures. I love the pure joy that comes from serving. I love that our Father in Heaven knew that we would make mistakes in this life and that He prepared a plan for us. He sent His son as a ransom for us. Jesus Christ's atonement provides us a 'do over', an opportunity to try again to be better. That understanding is the foundation to my happy life.

How I live my faith

During my battle with cancer five years ago, my family cared for me and kept me laughing through the eight months of surgeries, chemo, and radiation. A few friends asked if I ever felt "why me?" Yes. I did have that pity party... once. When a thought from Above came to my mind, "Why not me?" If our Savior, God's Only Begotten Son was born in a stable and died on a cross for me, why shouldn't My Father send experiences in life that, though difficult, would strengthen and stretch me? It was most difficult. It was a battle. This experience has been a touchstone in my life. I've learned that we can do hard things when we put our faith and trust in our Savior. The trial isn't always removed, but we are given strength beyond our own to endure. I learned that the Atonement blesses us all, sinners and sufferers. I learned that family is central to the His plan, and that if it is central to His plan - then it must become central to my plan.