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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a mother of five. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of five children, something that takes up every spare minute of the day. But I love it and wouldn't want it any other way! Being a mother is certainly the most rewarding, yet most challenging thing I've ever done. I graduated from BYU with a teaching certificate in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. But I chose not start a career. By the time I graduated, my first son was a year old and I stayed at home to raise our family. I enjoy reading, crochet, biking, hiking, camping, spending time with my great husband, and reading to my kids. Currently I seem to spent a lot of time building towers with blocks; the big smile on my three year old's face when he knocks them down is pretty rewarding. I'm also a math tutor. With my oldest son in PreCalculus and my youngest still not in Kindergarten, I'll be tutoring math for many years to come. I'm a soccer mom, a taxi driver, a referee, piano teacher, school volunteer, blogger, laundry queen, chef, password enterer, cheer leader, and nurse. I have the most rewarding job on the planet!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the greatest blessing of my life. The fundamental teachings of where I came from, what I'm doing here on Earth, and what happens after this life create a strong foundation for peace and a perspective of what's most important in this life. I understand that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and knows me personally. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to make it possible for each of us to return to Him. I know that Christ is my personal Savior. Because of His atonement, I can repent each time I make a mistake and he will forgive me. I find peace in times of trial because I understand that this life is a time of testing. The Lord wants to see if we will follow him even when times are tough. But He's always there to comfort, support, and bouy us up when we turn to Him for strength. We can be happy no matter our circumstances if we keep the proper perspective of what's important. I'm grateful to have the gospel, particularly when it comes to raising my five kids. My children know they are children of God. That simple fact alone is powerful. In a world where many of the kids at school are floundering, uncertain what values to adhere to (if they have any at all), my kids have the values in "For the Strength of Youth." It is a fabulous set of guidelines that clearly helps them navigate all areas of adolescence. It includes topics such as dress and grooming, media and music, and dating. Another wonderful program for the youth is seminary. My fifteen year old son wakes early each morning to attend his 6 am seminary class where he will study the scriptures with other youth his age.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching my five children about God. We begin each morning by singing a hymn and reading from the scriptures. It isn't always pretty, and sometimes the kids seem to struggle in their enthusiasm to participate. But we are building a habit which will bless their lives. I live my faith by serving others around me. I take meals in to families who have illness or new babies. I lend a listening ear to someone who is struggling with personal problems. I live my faith by strengthening relationships with my siblings and with my parents. I live my faith by attending church each Sunday. My husband is a member of the bishopric, which means that he arrives early and leaves later than me and the rest of the family so that he can serve the members in the congregation. This means that I get the children ready for church and sit on the pew by myself each week. It's a daunting task trying to keep little ones settled and quiet week after week. I've done it for years with newborns and toddlers. The habit of attending church is well worth the effort. I live my faith by serving as the pianist for our children's group (primary). I also serve as a visiting teacher, which means making a monthly visit to each of the three sisters on my route. I develop frienships with them, share with them a spiritual message, and support them as needed.