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Hi I'm Donalee

I am a Mormon wife and mother just trying to live the gospel every day.

About Me

I am a stay at home mother of 3 rambunctious children with 1 more on the way. I am a Registered Nurse but after working for 11 years and supporting my husband through his education I retired when our 3rd child was born. My current life revolves around my family. I blog about them, I love to digital scrapbook them, and I run my kids around to different activities and I volunteer with the PTO. Time out for myself usually involves reading in the winter or gardening in the summer. My husband thinks I am addicted to my gardens, flower and vegetable, as I like to go out and water, weed or just stroll around looking at them every day. Even in the winter I can be found perusing catalogs and drawing pictures of the changes I want to make the following growing season.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an active Mormon home but I believe that all followers of Christ go through a process of gaining a testimony and becoming converted to Christ and his Gospel. I have always been blessed with a sensitivity to the Spirit and recall times from my childhood and youth when the Holy Ghost would testify to me. However I went through a rebellious stage in my late teenage years trying to figure out who I was, what I believed in and what I wanted out of life. I was a bit stubborn and very independent. I really wanted to be a doctor and I didn't care whether my future involved the church or a family. Thankfully I was guided into Nursing School and a religion class where I learned that most of all I wanted to use my talents to help people and I knew that the gospel was true and I couldn't run away from it. I found the balance between what I wanted and the Lord's plan for me. Through the years I have found that I am happiest when I try to seek out God's plan for me and then try to live it.

How I live my faith

I feel that my first role is as a wife and a mother. My children are still young, 9, 7 and 2 with a baby on the way. I strive to create a home that is warm and loving, while fostering their talents and independence. We have family dinner every night. We strive to have scripture study as a family and then read books right before the kids go to bed. We strive to have Family Home Evening every week. My husband is very busy as the 1st Counselor in the bishopric of our ward. My greatest challenge is to send him off to meetings with a hug and a kiss and no begrudging feelings for the time he is away. Individually I try to be and example of Jesus Christ in word and in deed. I am really working on reaching out and learning to love people who have different circumstances than I do. In my ward I work with the girls ages 8-11 in a program that emphasizes service and developing their talents. It is the best calling because I get to spend more time with my daughter. We meet twice a month for activities.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty is an outward manifestation of the love and respect that you have for yourself and others. Dressing and acting modestly show that you are confident about the person you are not just what your body looks like. It also shows that you are interested in others for their thoughts and minds, not just for their physical desire of you. When you have a knowledge that you are a son or daughter of God, that he loves you, and that he loves others the same way it changes your interactions with them. Within a romantic relationship you desire the happiness of the person you love rather than just desiring them. Being committed to that lasting happiness rather than fleeting desire helps you wait to share the wonderful act of physical intimacy until after marriage to the one you love the most. Parents first set an example in the way they dress and act. Secondly, parents must filter the kind of media their children are exposed to and then talk with them about appropriate and inappropriate dress and actions. Parents have to teach their children how special they are and that their bodies are special and not to be shared with everyone. If images of short skirts and tight tops are prevalent in the home the attitude becomes one of acceptance and then of embracing it. As children get older the conversation can begin to include discussions of why we save our bodies for the person they will marry some day and how wonderful and special the full expression of the marriage relationship is. Show more Show less