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Hi I'm Dawn

I'm a wife, a mother of seven, a recent grandmother, an educator, a life and wellness coach, and a realtor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a stay at home mom for 22 years. It was the most challenging and most fulfilling role of my life. I am married to a religious educator who teaches our faith to college aged students. We are the parents of seven children; two are married, 1 is returning from a mission, another is preparing to leave, and we have 3 at home. I'm a realtor and health and wellness hobbyist. I will soon be seeking a Master's degree. I love being creative, reading, writing, learning, and spending time with my family. I am currently taking Chemistry classes to reach my goals.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was about four years old. Shortly after, they were divorced. I grew up with my father and brother and had no contact with my mother for many years. It was hard to grow up in a "broken family," without a mother's influence. As a teen, I became an active member of the church through the outreach of loving friends. Through that time, I gained great faith and strength and learned to overcome the challenges of my childhood. That strength carried me through a difficult time in college, when my mother committed suicide. Nothing can prepare a person for that kind of tragedy. But I felt the love of my Savior, my Heavenly Father, and my college friends as I mourned, not only the loss of the relationship, but the years of not being connected. That time in my life has shaped my life, as I realized that the only thing we take with us when we leave this earth is our knowledge, testimony, and our relationships. I believe all relationships are worth having or healing and that we will cherish them in the life after this one. I am so grateful for this knowledge as I have sought to move beyond the mistakes of the past and with my husband, create a loving, faithful family that endures.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the principles taught by Jesus Christ. I know without him, I am nothing. Any success I attain is because of Him. I can never make it back to Him without His grace and mercy. I fall short every day, but it is through His merits and mercy, that I can overcome my shortcomings, and go the distance. My life is focused on my family, and using my gifts and talents to serve them and others. I love life. I'm filled with gratitude for my blessings, and I believe that gratitude continues to bless me with more. I will always be indebted to my Heavenly Father.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are as varied as any other group of women. I don't know anyone else like me. But I do know other Mormon women, who want their families to be successful. For me, success means, my children are happy and healthy where possible. They are willing to help others. They discover their own talents and strengths to bless family, friends, and strangers. They make good choices. They choose to follow their Savior Jesus Christ by making and keeping sacred covenants, and following His commandments. As stated in the proclamation above, "fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners." For many years, I stayed home and my husband earned a living. There came a time when I needed to work to add to our income. As I did so, he stepped up and helped more at home. He often cooks. I often work late. Sometimes I get days off, and work more at home. We expect our children to do chores and help out with the home and each other. My husband has never made me feel as if I am a lesser citizen. He respects and seeks out my opinion and I do the same. I do not feel I need to have the same exact experiences as men do, to be equal. Without exception, the majority of LDS men I know show great respect to the women in our church. I don't think I need to have the priesthood to be equal with my husband. He does not feel he needs to give life to a child to be equal with me. Sometimes he nurtures better than I do, but it is a shared experience. And it works for us. Show more Show less