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Hi I'm Donna

I am a daughter of God, a mother, a grandmother, a caregiver, a southern belle, and I, am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mother of four adult children, one of whom serves in the Navy and I am Grammy to two precious identical twin grand daughters. I was blessed to care for my mother during the last few years of her life and I helped care for my father as he battled cancer. What a blessing. I am one of the millions of converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life next to my children and family. I converted at the age of 14 and I have never looked back accept in gratitude. With many years of perspective behind me I can honestly say that the church has been the single most influential and stabilizing factor in my life. I find myself often as a volunteer in various community service organizations. I still enjoy playing softball and tennis when I can. I love the out of doors, such as white water rafting, hiking, backpacking, the beach, gardening and sports. I enjoy a good professional baseball game, an uplifting movie, finding a great new restaurant, or cooking for family and friends. Above all, sharing intimate conversation with good company and friends, and heart felt laughter ranks among my favorite things. I also have a great love for family history and genealogy. It is a passion. I am a survivor of abuse and my family was victimized by infidelity. Although my life has not always been easy, I have always been blessed. The joy and peace of the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me as my life long companion.

Why I am a Mormon

At the age of twelve I first learned about the Mormon Church or more appropriately the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I literally had never even heard the name before that time. But after reading the Joseph Smith story and some of the Book of Mormon all in one night, I concluded with my first vocal prayer. I was struck with a feeling of familiarity so strong that it can only be described as an emotional home coming. It filled me with such warmth and contentment I could barely speak. It was a visceral experience. I told my sister "It was about time that someone got it right." Being near the age of young Joseph Smith following his first vision, I related to this amazing young man. Understanding what he and his family and followers had to go through, it is beyond comprehension to consider that anything but the truth could have sustained him through his life's trials. His wisdom, knowledge and human capacity to move forward doing the Lords errand and restore the church as it stands today, amid severe persecution, stands testament to his conviction to the Lord and to the kind of man he was. It was a very simple decision for me to make back then, and today I am honored to have had my testimony and my conviction never waiver. My parents made me wait for almost two years to be baptized at age 14, but I was a member in my heart from that first evening of prayer and reading. That memory has never diminished. It still takes my breath away with tender emotion. And while that moment was long ago now, my conviction is stronger and deeper and well founded in a lifetime of experiences and blessings that have made me who I am today. I know that Christ is our Redeemer and is ever mindful of us, as his brothers and sisters. And through his sacrifice he has bridged our efforts in life, and as we sincerely repent our weakness he makes them strong unto us. He is my Brother, my Savior and my Friend.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time with the Lord's help and knowledge that he loves me more than I can know. I have received my bachelors degree in Human Services, so you will often find me involved with community outreach programs and charitable organizations. I have been an in-home care giver, have been an assistant counselor with court mandated drug and alcohol and domestic violence programs, worked in soup kitchens and initiated the development of a certification program to assist young individuals and or the homeless, with a means to gain job training and experience while volunteering and training in the kitchen. These are hard times for all of us. I have trained and volunteered on rape and crisis hot lines which was a very humbling and rewarding experience. I have been a coach to many of my kids sports teams or team mom. I was president of my community soccer association where we helped to organize and raise the money to build two soccer fields, and I have served as den mother for 8 years in Cub Scouts. No greater reward can be had than to have my young cubs come to me grown and give me a big hug. I volunteered in my children's elementary schools to teach art classes because I feel it is an important part of developing life talent, confidence and skills. I actively serve in my church and ward and my sincerest desire is to be an instrument in my Heavenly Fathers hands, to do his will. To be Mormon is to know that the Lord not only needs us to tithe our money but to also tithe of our time and talents so that the Lord's work can be done and his glory will shine unto the world. He needs us, how can we resist? If we listen to promptings we can become the answer to someones prayer for help, and we become "His Hands" through service.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints empowers women! Do not be mistaken in this. Women and the Priesthood is one of the most misunderstood facets of the church. Mormon women are often portrayed as weak, oppressed, lacking in opinion and mental substance. I have been a member for over 40 years and I assure you, the women I know are amazing. While men do hold the Priesthood which is the power and authority to act in God's name, it is part of their calling and station in life given of God. But Women are revered in our church. They have organized the Relief Society, the largest and oldest women's international organization in the world, which began in 1842. It was established to administer to those in need. Relief Society is a light of knowledge and training, and has created a bonding sisterhood that few women in the world have. The Savior stood at the head of his church and his apostles stood by his side. So it is with a husband and his wife. The husband cannot progress eternally without his helpmeet, this gives power to women that escapes the world. This union is the focus of family which is the next step for husband and wife. The world tells us we need parents to stay home and raise and teach their children. And yet when we "CHOOSE" to do just that we are viewed as oppressed, empty headed drones. I will not be ashamed of staying home and raising my children while my husband got his education and made a living to support us. It is not weak it is wise and necessary. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

The scriptures teach that we should bear one anothers burdens. The Lord needs us to be good shepherds. The Mormon church is a church of order and of organization. And when emergencies strike, we are able to mobilize our members quickly, often before the government responds or even the red cross. The church has wonderful service programs around the world, from medical aide, clean water initiatives, education, teaching self reliance through hygiene, farming, small business etc. The church offers humanitarian assistance to over 147 countries, spending 10's of millions of dollars annually. This is not a burden but a great opportunity to serve our "Brothers and Sisters" for we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven no matter what we as mankind call him throughout the world. And in so doing we lift our own soul with hope and love. Show more Show less

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

We all know what the Bible says about homosexuality. The Lord has established laws regarding sexual relations for all men and women. None of us were given exceptions. We are not here to judge. We are here to support and sustain the teachings of Christ. Our stand is not against the Gays but it is for the Family and Teachings of the Savior. We love all of our Father's children. My ward in New Orleans took care of two young men who eventually died of aides. Their families had disowned them. Ours is an opportunity to love, not condemn. A female friend one day bemoaned the fact that she was older and still single. Actually she was angry. Her friend, a Gay member in good standing, listened with compassion and understanding. He shared this...I used to be angry about my life and place at church. I would never have what others enjoyed in this life, he said. But in time I learned to see my plight as a gift. I know that one day I will meet my Savior, and with purity and joy I will be able to present myself clean and pure before him and offer my chastity to the Savior as a great gift and sacrifice to show my love! I am now divorced ten years and I practice the same sacrifice of chastity. Whether our challenge may be addiction, health issues, injuries, mental illness, etc. they are our own very special challenges to overcome. We show our love to the Lord by our obedience to his law. And we show our love to our fellow man by serving, accepting and loving them unconditionally. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Helen Keller was once asked "What could be worse than being blind?" With little hesitation she signed in reply..."To have eyes to see that have no vision." That is what it is like to be a Mormon for me. The Church has given me vision and insight, to help understand the challenges and messy aspects of every day life. And with that understanding comes peace and great JOY! Being a Mormon is staying busy and focused on doing the right thing. By following the Savior's example and teachings, and studying the Bible and Book of Mormon, enjoying the gifts of personal prayer, service, attending church,(I could list more if you like...smile)We hopefully stay busy enough to help avoid the troubles of the world, be happy enough to stave off the tragedy of depression and loneliness and blessed enough to enjoy a personal relationship with our Savior. We focus on family, the Lords Plan, and on serving our fellow man. It is all of the above that give me peace, and joy, and help me to gain the vision of what is most important in life, loving one another. Being a Mormon is a gift of Vision, Understanding and a whole new perspective on Love! Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

The Mormon church is a church of action and personal growth. Teaching and learning self reliance builds ones confidence and self esteem. Along the way as we practice self reliance we learn valuable skills. And with those skills we often serve others as well as our family but more importantly we gain confidence in our ability to handle and prepare for the unexpected situation or trial. The Lord has taught us "if ye are prepared ye shall not fear." If you have learned to grow a garden, have gathered supplies in the event of an emergency, have saved for a rainy day, have learned to budget.... you have no need to fear. Events such as earthquakes, fires, unemployment, etc.....are situations we have no control over, but how we choose to handle those events in our lives, are within our control. The practice of self reliance can give us hope, confidence, dignity and self respect, and allow us to be the calm and hopeful voice in a time of adversity or emergency. Self reliance is a gift in today's uncertain world climate. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Today we can peek into a persons brain and see the effects of pornography within the brain and what centers that it effects. It is no less addictive than crack. Understanding the chemistry is the easy part however. Pornography effects us both socially and emotionally as well as physically. It strips you of self esteem and respect. You are now dependent which means you are no longer calling the shots. Your brain takes over, the chemistry calls the shots and you become a slave to the chemical high. This need takes over and now you need more and more for the same high. You entertain thoughts that earlier you would have run from. Soon you are acting out fantasies that are dangerous, unhealthy and more times than not illegal. You become what you think about and entertain in your thoughts. One young man shared his story from prison. He had led an exemplary life during his formative years but began to partake in mild pornography. This rapidly changed to hard core and took over his very thoughts. He read in the newspaper about a rapist who would ram into women late at night and when they would get out to check out their fender he would attack them. This scenario became a mental obsession, until one night he was in the perfect situation and he acted it out. Pornography is dangerous and degrading to all involved. It destroys individuals and families. If we don't take a stand against pornography, it will continue to slowly destroy us as a nation. It is well on its way. Show more Show less

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

In righteousness I believe the man to be the head of the household but the woman is the heart. The head could not function without the heart, she is the life-force of the home. It has been said, woman was made from the rib of man, not from his head to top him, or from his feet to be trampled upon, but she came from his rib to walk beside him, from under his arm to be protected by him and from next to his heart to be loved by him. Men and women are very different animals but together they are better, stronger and more complete. Neither a man nor a woman is complete without the other. We can get by and we can make do but we miss out when we walk this life alone. A family is meant to have balance, to walk in grace and dignity and with God at the helm. And when our lives are blessed with children, it may not be easy but they bring great joy as we discover life together . Once we become parents it can no longer be about me, it is all about them. We as parents have been blessed with a sacred stewardship. These sweet children are on loan to us from God. I wish that children came with owners manuals or at least a computer app to help us get it all right. But we must muttle through on our own. We learn sometimes by good examples in our lives and still sometimes we learn from ugly or not so good examples, but it is our choice to choose the path which we will follow or learn from to bless the lives of these chosen spirits. No job in this life can compensate for failure in the home. Show more Show less