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Hi I'm Desiree

I love to travel and garden and sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona. My father is a history buff and a pilot so he got me hooked on travel immediately. My mother is a collector and a naturalist- she got me interested in science and the outdoors. I'm married to a wonderful man and we have two sons. I work freelance for a local book editor.

Why I am a Mormon

When my parents divorced I was suddenly exposed to two very different lifestyles. I was free to choose at 15 if I wanted to live the religion I was taught as a child or branch out into more wordly pursuits. Being so confused and angry at my parents, I chose to trust God instead. I decided I would read The Book of Mormon completely and let that be the determining factor. I didn't even have to finish it before the Spirit was witnessing to me that it was true. I decided then that I could learn for myself what was right and went on to study and practice other doctrines, praying for understanding as I went. Honestly, I'm not surprised that I could be so strongly converted at such a young age. No one on earth is asking "why" as honestly or desperately as a confused teenager. Heavenly Father answered my prayers and I've never looked back.

How I live my faith

Every morning I get to recommit to living my faith by starting with prayer and scripture study. My current struggle is learning to love and parent my children as Heavenly Father loves and parents us. A three-year-old unendingly tries my patience and it is in this cause I most often seek the guidance of my Father. I live my faith by finding ways to make my marriage more loving and stronger. I live my faith by attending church weekly and accepting responsibilites as they are asked of me. I currently work with the youth, planning Sunday and weekday activites that build faith, good character and are, hopefully, lots of fun. I look for ways to serve my neighbors and I try to make my home inviting.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Talking about marriage and then being in your own marriage are two very separate things. I've discovered in my years as a wife that my primary role is to love my husband and make sure he knows that. Who does the dishes and who puts the kids to bed and who balances the checkbook can all be peacefully decided on once our relationship as spouses is firmly established. Over the years, responsibilites shift and challenges vary, but if we are loving to each other, openly reevaluating personal and family goals, and staying physically close, then we are happy to do the work it takes to have a family. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Throughout history religions have developed various methods to account for so many people never hearing a gospel or accepting a religion. Baptising infants, deathbed repentance, only so many people will be accepted into heaven, etc. Our Father's answer is to make necessary ordinances available to all by letting living faithful do work for the dead. This blesses all the participants by giving the living a chance to serve and love those who have gone before. The dead are given the choice to accept the gospel, a choice they were not given in life. Show more Show less

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

Faithful Mormon women are virtous and family-oriented. After that there are no rules! I'm an enviromentalist, a Democrat, a bad cook. I enjoy politics and hate television. I can't manage to keep a bathroom clean, but I have a very organized office. Equality is a tricky term because it means so many different things. I'm equal to all men in worth and importance. My life, my talents and my opinions are no less important than others, but I recognize that in any functioning group (small like a family and large like a world-wide church) tasks must be divided up to complement each other. The Priesthood men hold in the church makes them responsible for the administration of the organization. The women get to let them know how they could do it better... that was a joke, partly. One to enforce a final decison and counselors to help make that choice is an efficient and effective leadership method. Misuse of power is always a threat in any leadership situation, but I find most members are striving to do their best in a respectful, loving way. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Humble prayer. Joining a new church should be completely between you and God without social pressures from the outside. I believe individuals worlwide are reverently asking Heavenly Father if what the LDS missionaries are telling them is true and then courageously acting on the answer. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Life is sacred and cannot be taken lightly. To interfere with someone else's life is a serious sin. Therefore, abortion is a heavy issue. Abortion is a sin and should not be practiced unless approved of in the special cases of rape or incest. The key position is what the Church believes before someone reaches a point where they would want an abortion. Abstinence before marriage is urgently and widely taught while unwanted children are discussed on an individual basis. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism is so beautiful and symbolic! We are baptized because we are commanded to do so. We are immersed in the water to represent the death of the old sinful life and then brought forth new and clean out of the water. Baptism is only for those who are accountable for their sins and therefore, our merciful Father in Heaven has given children until they are 8 years old before they must answer for their actions. It is a joyful thing to be baptized and show the world we want to make promises with our Father. He promises us many blessings in return. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

The key to this one is first wanting to believe He exists at all. Then it's easier to ask Him questions and wait for His comforting, calming responses. Show more Show less