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Hi I'm DeAnna

I'm from east Texas but now live in Minnesota. I love the color purple. I'm a full-time mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time mom of four beautiful children. I have a degree in elementary education and taught for a year. I also speak Spanish from my years of study in high school and college as well as the year and a half I spent as a missionary in Venezuela. My wonderful husband and I love music and share it with our children. I play piano and flute; his primary instrument is clarinet, but he also has a gorgeous tenor voice. I love spring time. I also love spending time with my family, whatever the weather.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents spent many years searching various religions to find a religion that rang true to them. When a friend shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with them and invited them to visit with the Mormon missionaries, they accepted, recognized the truth and were baptized along with my four older brothers and sisters. I was born later, but I had to make my own decision to continue as a member of this church. That happened when I was around 14 years old. I had been taught the doctrines of the gospel since I was a small child, but I came to a point where I needed to know for myself, not just take others' beliefs for granted. So I prayed one night, really prayed, to know for myself if the things I had been taught were true. Was Joseph Smith really a prophet? Was the Book of Mormon really true? Was this the Lord's true church? After I prayed, I listened, and then I heard a voice in my mind say to me, "Yes, my child, it is true." The feelings that accompanied that simple statement confirmed in my soul that the things I had been taught were indeed true -- and now I knew it for myself. I have never doubted or looked back since then. I feel my faith and testimony have continued to grow as the years have gone by, confirming in my heart what I have always known to be true -- that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, that Jesus Christ is our Savior and lives today, that He guides this church through a living prophet on the earth, that Joseph Smith restored the Church to the earth, and that the Book of Mormon and the Bible testify of the reality of the Savior and His Atonement in our behalf. I also know that families can be joined together after death. These things give me a solid foundation and a purpose for my life, helping me to keep a broader perspective than just what happens here and now. I know my choices in this life have farther-reaching consequences, including what happens after I die. And I know that others around me are children of the same God -- my brothers and sisters.

How I live my faith

I follow the Ten Commandments, pay tithing, and stay away from drugs, alcohol, tea, and coffee. I keep the Sabbath Day holy by attending church and spending the rest of the day with my family in reverent ways that do not require me to spend money. I also endeavor to read scriptures and pray daily, on my own and with my family. In addition, I have always enjoyed being involved in serving God's children. When I was newly married and settling into a new location and routine, I sought out volunteer opportunities at a nearby elementary school. I felt blessed by my experiences there with the children learning English. In my church service, I have had many different opportunities to serve and to grow -- pianist, chorister, choir director or accompanist, Sunday School teacher, emergency preparedness leader, and currently counselor in the presidency of the women's organization in my congregation for women ages 18 and up (Relief Society). I also have specific sisters in my congregation that I am responsible for watching over -- befriending, serving, and nurturing in the gospel. All sisters have other sisters we watch over. In every congregation I have been in, we look after one another as family, which helps me feel that no matter where I go, I will always have a church family waiting for me. I also served as a missionary in Venezuela, where I really developed a love for the Hispanic people and came to appreciate the wonderful diversity of God's children.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

DeAnna
When we die, our physical bodies go to the grave and our spirits are taken home to the God who gave us life. At some future point, we will be resurrected -- our spirits to be reunited with perfect, immortal bodies thanks to Christ who was resurrected first -- and we are brought to judgment before God. We will then be assigned to our eternal resting place -- a telestial kingdom like unto the stars, terrestrial kingdom like unto the moon, or celestial kingdom like unto the sun. See 1 Corinthians 15:40-42. But what about the people who have lived on this earth who have never heard of Jesus Christ? We believe that spirits in the spirit world will have the opportunity to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and accept it. If so, they will have an opportunity for baptism by proxy. These baptisms are performed by the living in holy temples, and we believe that the deceased person for whom the baptism is performed will have the choice to accept or reject it in the world of spirits because God is a god of mercy and desires all of His children to have equal opportunity to dwell with Him. Also, we believe that families can be joined together beyond the grave. Earthly marriage ceremonies say "'til death do you part," but we believe that marriages and families can be bound together after death through sacred ordinances performed in holy temples. For beloved ancestors who have gone on before us, we can also have their families joined together by proxy. Show more Show less