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Hi I'm Deborah

I grew up in Florida. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently celebrated my 35 wedding anniversary, am a mother of four and a grandmother to four little girls and one grandson, all under the age of five. I like doing hand crafts: sewing, crochet and painting. My hobbies are reading scifi books and doing genealogy research. I also like flower gardening, taking pictures and going to the zoo.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the kind of person that has to know for myself. When I was 8, I began to question the faith in which I was raised. I talked to church leaders and asked my mom for a Bible. I finished it by the time I was 10. As soon as I was old enough I began visiting other churches. I asked questions. I prayed. I had a specific "memory" of heavenly things that I knew to be true. I could not understand why no one else had this "memory" or what it meant. After I married my sweetheart and began a family, I started reading books from the library. I read comparative religion books, books on all kinds of spirituality...but I didn't find anything that "felt" right. No one could explain my "memory" of the pre-existence. I felt lost. I was about to give up when I asked the Lord to send me someone from His church. A few days later, the LDS missionaries knocked on our door. We took the discussions and it was as if someone opened the door on memories that had been locked away. All of my questions were answered. The painful search was over. I knew in my heart I was home. We were baptized a few weeks later. It has been 32 years. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's true church upon the face of this earth. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the redeemer of all mankind. I know that we have a living prophet upon the face of the earth and that God does not leave His children alone. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God and that he leads the Lord's church under the direction of our Heavenly Father. And I am thankful for those two missionaries who knocked on our door 31 years ago.

How I live my faith

Through the years, I have worked in many areas of our church. I have taught babies as young as 18 months, have worked with teen girls, young boys in cub scouts and with women in our women's organization. I am currently a substitute teacher for Sunday School and I work in the Family History (genealogy) Library, helping others to research their family lines. I love doing research and helping others do research. I also volunteer as a photographer, taking pictures of graves in our area for people who request them. I have done volunteer work in public schools, the library and in nursing homes.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No, Mormons help anyone who is in need. Living in an area where there are often hurricanes, members from our ward have been asked to volunteer to take needed items to damaged areas. Some of the time it is food, water, clean clothes or blankets, but most of the time it has been roofing materials. After a recent storm, men from our ward went around town repairing roofs, cutting down damaged trees, removing debris from people's yards. If someone needed help, it was given, reguardless of religion. The Church also has humanitarian aid projects that the women do, including making school packets, new mother packets and sanitary packets. These are distributed in areas all over the world whereever they are needed. Show more Show less