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Hi I'm Debbie

I loved serving as a foster parent. I love being an adoptive parent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I believe that one of the best ways to serve my community and my Savior is by being a foster and adoptive parent. For that reason, my husband and I have been foster parents to 15 children in two different states and have adopted two children that we met through the foster care system. We now have five beautiful children who challenge us and bless us every day! Because my husband has changed jobs several times, I have been blessed and cursed to move around often. I have lived in seven states and can honestly say that moving is one of the most stressful things I have ever done. However, being a member of the church has always been a great help. As soon as we move into a new area, we have an automatic family of people who love us -- our local ward or branch of the Church. Those automatic friendships make a great difference as I learn a new area and start to feel like I belong.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are faithful members of the Church and have been blessed to be a member all my life. I can't remember a time when I didn't love Jesus Christ and feel His love in return. However, I did go through a time of questioning about the Church. I especially had difficulty with the Joseph Smith story. But, I knew that Church felt right, so I decided to do what was necessary to gain a testimony of Joseph Smith and the Church. I was a teenager at the time, and being obedient was a great help to gaining my testimony. I attended church and weekly activities. I served in the church. I followed the program called Personal Progress. I especially spent time thinking and praying. Eventually, my testimony came. I never had a huge, life-changing moment. I just realized one day that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that he did see the Father and the Son, and that this Church is the Lord's Church here on earth. I am so grateful for that testimony and love the Church and the Lord with all my heart.

How I live my faith

In my local ward, I have just finished serving in the Junior Nursery with my husband. He and I played with and taught little kiddos between the ages of 18-months and 30-months. What a challenge! By the end of the year, we had 11 children in our class and one other adult to help us. It was truly wonderful to serve with my husband. We worked together to create a schedule for the kids, we worked together to improve our teaching and we worked together to pray for and love "our" children. I have now been called to serve as a teacher in the Relief Society. I will be teaching the women in the ward one Sunday each month. The lessons I will be teaching will come from the new manual, Gospel Principles. I am excited to teach, and also a little nervous. But, I know the Lord will bless me in my efforts, and I pray the Holy Ghost will be able to work through me as I share the gospel with my sisters. I am most excited to learn from them as we discuss the gospel together.