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Hi I'm Dorthy

I was born and grew up in Utah, have taught special education in Idaho and Minnesota, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and special education teacher. I like to read, put puzzles together, be creative, and find ways to provide quality-of-life experiences for my family of special education students. My life and school experiences have made me realize how dependent I am on Heavenly Father's love and guidance.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were among the first Mormon pioneers who worked hand-in-hand with Joseph Smith, made their way across the plains to Utah, and then worked with Brigham Young to make the "desert bloom like a rose". As I have learned about their lives, the faith they acted on to join this church, the sacrifices they endured, the loss of loved ones, the persecution - my faith and testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have solidified. I know that my life would be so different had I not made the deliberate choice to follow in my ancestors' footsteps. I am so thankful for the knowledge I have that keeps me anchored to the gospel of Jesus Christ and His teachings.

How I live my faith

My daughter and I visit two to three women monthly to see how they are doing. We take turns in sharing a spiritual message. Sometimes we take treats and just visit. This has helped us branch out and develop lasting relationships with other women of our faith. I supervise teachers who teach our youth the gospel in early morning classes before school starts each day. I teach classes when called upon in our church meetings. I work in an environment where there are very few, if any, Mormons; so I strive daily to be a righteous example of Jesus Christ - be honest, avoid profanity, keep my thoughts clean, dress modestly, have personal prayer and scripture study daily, fast and pray for blessings in behalf of myself and others, love and serve my family, and remain totally faithful and committed to my husband.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

I have had so much chaos in my life that I can't imagine what it would be like to not have the Holy Ghost to draw on for help and peace. I have had many situations arise where panic and fear could have taken over and been overwhelming and debilitating. However, I have been able to feel the peace the gospel brings and know that everything would work out even when it seemed impossible. Show more Show less