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Hi I'm Debbi

I'm a Wife, Mother & Grandmother. I love life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my best friend for over 27 years. We have a great life together, that has grown through much joy & pain. We have 4 adult children including a daughter with Down's Syndrome & 3 Granddaughters. I'm the operations manager for a software training company - this pays the bills, but is not my life. My family is my life! We spend alot of time together, whether it be going to the park, having Sunday dinner, or just hanging out playing games or watching movies at home. I'm a very creative person & am always looking for a new project. I love to cook & bake, using mostly my own recipes. We are a family of "foodies" & we all love to create in the kitchen together.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was 3 years-old, so I grew up in the church. It always felt right to me, so I never really questioned it's teachings. After my 2nd child was born with Down's Syndrome & many accompanying health problems, I started to wonder if there really was a merciful God who had a plan for us. I spent so much time at the hospital with my sick baby & then went home to answer the questions of my oldest daughter wondering why the new baby was always sick & why I wasn't there to read her bedtime stories. I was so lost & confused & didn't attend my church meetings for several months! As much as I had the support of my friends & family, I was depressed & felt so alone. I finally decided to "test" my testimony looking for the blessings from each of these challenges, instead of the "curse". When I went back to church, I was flooded with a feeling of peace & knew this is where I "belonged". I learned that Happiness & Joy have different meanings & I was able to find joy in simple things. Since then, I have gone through many difficult trials, as we all do, but I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, has a plan for me, & will not test me beyond what he knows I can handle. I continue to go to Church & live by it's teachings quite simply because it makes me feel good. It brings me peace & joy and fills me with hope when I am feeling low. I am reminded weekly of the person that Heavenly Father sees in me, whom I want to be, as I mingle with people who have shared values.

How I live my faith

As with any organization, the more you serve within it, the more you feel like you belong. In addition to personal & family study at home and attending my weekly meetings, I have served in various capacities in the church. I currently work in the youth program, specifically working with girls age 14 & 15. I participate in "Visiting Teaching" program of our Women's organization where small groups of ladies are assigned to friendship each other through home visits, helping when sick, and offering moral support. I love the New Testament - it is the foundation of all Christianity. I love talking to my other Christian friends & comparing our thoughts about Jesus Christ & his teachings. As I do this, I see the beautiful principles we all have in common & our love for our Savior. I have always been an active member of my community by serving on school PTA boards, being a Girl Scout Leader, working on local political campaigns & working on other community service projects. I try to be kind & fair in every interaction with people day to day. I believe that a simple smile can change someone's day. I do not judge the actions or choices of other's, but offer unconditional love to my family & friends.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Debbi
The physical relationships between a man & woman should be held sacred & only entered into within the legal bounds of marriage. We believe that marriage is ordained of God & defined as a union between a Man & a Woman. That being said, God loves all of His children equally & it is up to us to love our neighbors. As with any other choices another person may make in their life, I would never persecute, call names, pass judgement, or cause a person pain or embarrassment. Jesus taught us to love one another & to judge not. Mark 12:30 & 31 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Debbi
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I believe in God the Father & His son Jesus Christ. The Old & New Testament are stories & testimonies recorded by the Prophet's of their time. As we study & ponder the messages of old, we can find ways to apply these principles in our lives today. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Debbi
If my car manual says never put motor oil in the gas tank, I will abide by that knowing that is how my car was made & those "rules" are made to keep our car running smoothly & have the longest life. Likewise, if you believe that God created us in his own image, it seems fitting that he would give us a "users manual" to go along with our bodies. Show more Show less