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Hi I'm Donna

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend. We have 5 children who are now married and we keep busy with 14 grandchildren ages 1 to 12. It gets pretty noisy when we all get together which we try to do once a month for Sunday dinner. I worked as a registered nurse until I had my first child and became a stay at home mom. I love to garden and I teach pressure canning classes to friends, church members and neighbors. I like to sew and love making clothing, quilts and fun things for my grandchildren and friends. I have spent many years working on my family history. I want to learn all I can about my ancestors... who they were and where they came from and about the lives they lived. I believe that I will meet them in the next life. Getting to know as much about them now helps me to know more about myself.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Mormon Church when I was a baby. My mother wanted to raise her children in the correct church. She prayed to find out which of the two churches (the one she belonged to or the one my dad belonged to) was the right one. She asked for a sign. About 2 weeks later the Mormon missionaries knocked on their door and she invited them in and listened to what they had to say. She and my dad had several meetings with them and after reading the Book of Mormon they knew it was the true church and were baptized. My mother knew that her prayer had been answered. I grew up in the Mormon church. I remember having sweet and tender feelings when I heard the things that I was taught by my parents and by teachers and leaders at church. There has never been a time in my life when I didn't believe it was true. My own personal experiences, trials and answers to prayers have continued to strengthen that conviction. I have great faith in a Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me. I know that Jesus Christ lives and will return again to the earth. I know that through his atoning sacrifice and resurrection that I can be forgiven of my wrongs and will live again after I die. I believe that Joseph Smith did receive an answer to his prayer and was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ restored His true church to the earth through his servant Joseph Smith along with His priesthood power that makes it possible for us to have eternal families. I feel so blessed to be a member of the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have served many years as a teacher and leader of the young children in the Church and also with the young women. I have been involved with planning and conducting summer girls camps for the girls that are 12 to 18 years of age. I have also worked with Pioneer Trek enactments where the youth can experience a little about the early members of our church and the faith they had to cross the plains. I have taught classes to the women of the church at evening meetings about practical things like sewing, cooking and gardening to help them be self reliant. I serve right now as the coordinator for the church's self reliance program where members can go to a facility to can dry goods for their home food storage. I also help people get started with their family history research and genealogy. The women in the church have what we call "visiting teachers" to watch and look out for one another. I have 3 women that I visit every month or more. I have always had visiting teachers who come to visit me as well. This has blessed my life tremendously as I have been able to give compassionate service to those I visit and receive sweet service from those who visit me. We care for each other. I have taken many meals, cleaned homes, washed clothing, tended to children, made hospital visits, given needed transportation, and just been a listening ear, a friend to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on.