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Hi I'm Dawn.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married. I have three children from my first marriage, and inherited five stepchildren from my current husband. Yes, together we have a family of 10! I am the proud grandmother of 2 with another on the way! I am an experienced Paralegal and Mediator with 19 years experience in litigation, mostly family law with a focus on family mediation. I love to write, read, scrapbook, ride motorcycles, decorate cakes, and hang out with my daughters. I am currently a full-time student working towards my Bachelor's Degree and hope to attend law school in a few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Mormon church by high school friends. They seemed happy, secure, and above all else believed in a loving God that directed their paths through life. They worshiped every week, attended Seminary everyday, a weekly Sunday school class, and participated in weekly youth activities. I was 18 when first introduced to Mormon beliefs. My parents were opposed to the Mormon church, mostly because of tradition, but also due to lack of understanding. They would not allow me to be baptized while still living at home. I honored their wishes and was baptized at the age of 19 while living on my own. When I first heard the story of Joseph Smith, it wasn't difficult for me to believe God could appear to and speak with man. He did it both in Old Testament and New Testament times. Reading the Book of Mormon was difficult at first, as all scripture tends to be. However, when I truly set out to read it to obtain understanding, that's when the light began to shine in my life. Through prayer and diligent study, I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon and it's latter-day purpose to bring people to Christ. Abraham was just a man, but he did great things. Moses was just a man, but he did great things. Joseph Smith was just a man, but he did great things. What do these three men have in common? They were prophets of God placed upon the earth for specific purposes. Abraham was the father of the ten tribes. Moses was the recipient of the ten commandments. Joseph Smith was the translator of the Book of Mormon, modern-day scripture of Christ's visit to America after his resurrection. After reading the Book of Mormon, I felt a yearning to be part of a people that made Christ the center of their lives. Now, Christ IS the center of my life and has been for the last 26 years.

How I live my faith

When I made the decision to place Christ at the center of my life, I knew it would be challenging and take diligence on my part to see it through. Faith has to be nurtured in order for it to grow or even maintain a steady course. I wish I could say I read scriptures every day, but I am not yet that diligent. I do read them several times a week. My reading is not limited to the Book of Mormon. I also read the Old Testament, New Testament, church magazines, and church newspapers. I pray every day on my own and with my family. I attend monthly activities where the women in my church gather to learn gospel principles, socialize, make a craft, or eat treats. Our church has a nursery for children 18 months to age 3. I serve two hours each week in the nursery caring for these little ones. I'll admit it's challenging to manage 19 little energizer bunnies for two hours, but the nursery class is their first opportunity, besides home instruction, to introduce them to Christ. I'm privileged to be a part of that. There are two reasons I live my faith. First, to be an example to my children and help them find Christ in their lives. Second, to be worthy someday to return to God. These two goals help me to maintain focus and give purpose and direction to my life.