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Hi I'm Deeanna

I'm a military spouse, mom of four, former Russia Moscow missionary, a radKIDS children's safety instructor, ...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family. There are eleven of us total and I am number nine in birth order. Both of my parents served as missionaries for our church and all six of my older brothers served missions as well. Without a doubt their examples made an impression on me. I wanted to be brave like them to go out in the world and experience a new culture and language, so when I was 18 years old an opportunity came to me to go live in Russia! I stayed with a Russian host family and volunteered as an English teacher in a Kindergarten school teaching 5-6 year old kids. I did this teaching experience twice, the first time was in 1994, and the second time was in 1995. During the time when I was not volunteering as an English teacher I was back home taking college classes. After finishing my associates degree I made the decision to serve as a missionary for our church. My assigned mission area was Moscow, Russia! I was delighted to go back to that country. After my mission I got married in the Manti Utah temple, and my husband and I have been blessed with four lovely kids. I am a stay at home mom, and enjoy the work and blessings of doing what I can to love and serve my family. I volunteer in our city as a radKIDS children's safety instructor, and my current church callings are ward organist and cub scout committee chair.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose the reasons why I'm a Mormon could seem simplistic. My parents are Mormon, my grandparents were Mormon, and even much further back, many of my ancestors were contemporaries of our prophet/founder Joseph Smith, and walked all the way out to Utah as pioneers. Their influence, and examples, can't be understated. However, their personal convictions don't entirely explain my own. I was raised in a home with parents who cared about the gospel. We prayed together everyday, attended church very regularly and studied the scriptures together often. The church was a part of my everyday life growing up. As a child and as a teenager I felt the spirit many times, and I knew that I had the desire to keep the commandments, and to truly be a latter-day saint. My real faith in God though, had not been tested. It wasn't until I left home that a lot of my tests and trials came to me. I am so grateful for the foundation of faith that I'd had growing up. Some of my spiritual convictions came because because of my family, heritage, and environment, but other experiences came because of my own efforts to read and try and understand the scriptures and live the teachings. I remember times when I didn't want to forgive others, but I prayed for help to do it. I remember lying, and having to go back and acknowledge that I had lied and ask for forgiveness. I know these simple and little experiences taught me what it meant to live the gospel. I've always been grateful for that little thing called repentance. I still rely on the Savior's loving forgiveness, I know we all do. When I was in my 20's I read several books that increased my testimony of the truthfulness of our religion. I read "The History of Joseph Smith" written by his mother Lucy Mack Smith, and "The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt" (an early church leader) these accounts left an incredible impression on me. My heritage, personal study, and spiritual experiences are the reasons why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a stay at home mom of four kids. They are my life! However, I do find time to serve in other ways. I have several church callings. I am currently the ward organist. Each Sunday I play prelude music, and the hymns for the congregation to sing along. I've had this calling often, and in the various wards where I have lived. I first learned to play the organ when I was a teenager living at home. I remember investing a lot of practice time both at home on the piano and on our ward organ in the hopes that I'd be able to play the songs well enough not to botch up the hymn singing. Through this sincere effort I've come to love our church hymns! I am also serving as the cub scout committee chair and I'm learning to enjoy that calling. (Emphasis on the learning...) I have always accepted assignments to be a visiting teacher. I have gained many friends over the years because of my willingness to reach out to others. Sometimes I'm the one who gives a lot to others, and sometimes I'm on the receiving end of their kindness. Because of our church's visiting teaching program I always know that I have sisters who will be my support no matter what trials or blessings come into my life. Aside from my family life, and church callings I am a volunteer radKIDS children's safety instructor. In an effort to keep the children in our neighborhood and schools safe our city's sheriff's department teaches the radKIDS safety program at the public elementary schools. Those of us who teach have been trained and volunteer our time to teaching hundreds of kids in our area. I am grateful that I became aware of such a neat and effective program to help protect youth from potential, or harmful actions of others. The radKIDS fundamentals are: 1. No one has the right to hurt me because I'm special. 2. I don't have the right to hurt anybody else, including myself, unless someone's trying to hurt me, then I have the right to stop them. 3. It's not my fault so I can tell.