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Hi I'm Delene.

I am a wife and a mother. I'm a homemaker in midwest America. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had a very happy childhood and was encouraged to develop my many interests. I earned a degree in math education and taught jr. high school math for two years, but I also enjoy musical theater, foreign language, sewing, reading, cheerleading, cooking, and photo journaling. As a mother of nine beautiful children, I get to practice most of those hobbies every day! I grew up in Mesa, AZ, attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and served a mission in Monterrey, Mexico. My husband and I lived downtown Ft. Worth, TX for six years while he attended medical school and then moved to the rural midwest, where we have fallen in love with the beautiful heartland of America. Our home is 117 years old and requires a lot of tender, loving care, but we love its unique character and history. As a stay-at-home mom, I am sometimes asked the question, "what do you do all day?" The answer includes making messes and cleaning them up, over and over again, but that is just the practical side of the story. I take my role as homemaker very seriously and feel the tremendous responsibility to nurture an environment where my family can thrive. I love my husband and my children and most days it takes all day and all of my energy to express that love, effectively.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I like to think I would have recognized its truth and joined even if my family weren't already members. As a teenager, I studied the Bible and Book of Mormon and felt peace. While preparing to serve a missionary, I prayed to know if Joseph Smith really saw God and Jesus Christ and was called as a prophet to restore the Church. I immediately felt a warm glow inside of me. There have been several times I recognized a specific answer to prayers through the Holy Ghost, but the strength of my faith has come in practicing my religion. I am happy when I follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I lead the singing for the primary children each Sunday. This is my favorite assignment in the whole Church! I enjoy the sensation of being on stage and the children are such a generous audience, but more significantly, I enjoy the challenge of helping the children feel and recognize the Holy Spirit. Music is a powerful medium for that purpose. Also, another woman and I share the specific stewardship of caring for 4 other women in our congregation. We visit them at least once each month to share a gospel message, socialize, and care for them. I am so grateful for this program in the Church, called "visiting teaching." I feel a desire to help others, but am often overwhelmed with the idea of balancing service and my responsibilities within my family. Being assigned a specific stewardship, allows me to focus on these 4 sisters. Of course, sometimes I am able take advantage of spontaneous opportunities to serve someone else--bonus! My children attend the neighborhood schools and I try to participate in their classrooms and the PTA, as much as possible. I am so grateful to live in a community that is very faith-based and family oriented. There are so many good examples of goodness and kindness all around us. My husband is the bishop of our ward and has the responsibility to lead the youth in our congregation. On many occasions, I accompany him to their activities: dances, meetings, devotionals, etc. Together, we have written and choreographed some mini-musicals for the youth to present at these activities. Of course, his responsibilities also require some sacrifice on my part. But, the Lord has blessed our family as we have supported my husband's effort to serve.