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Hi I'm debi

I was born and raised in the church. There is no other place I would rather be.

About Me

I am a mother of 8 although I only have one child left at home. I am a grandmother of 4 with the 5th one on the way. I have been married for almost 23 years now. I love the Russian people and language so I am teaching myself Russian. I have learned a little of everything it seems but have not mastered any of them. I love learning and so try to learn many things and sometimes I get in over my head, but that is me. I love to share things I know with my family, but sometimes I get the rolled eyes or sighs. I feel that a good sense of humor is crucial to staying sane sometimes, so I believe you have to be a little insane to stay sane. It is important to be able to laugh at yourself and never take yourself too serious. I am bi-polar which has been a battle in the past, I always felt abnormal and struggled with the term "mental illness" but I take medication for it and have accepted this about myself. There is a certain amount of peace in accepting yourself for things that you can't change. I believe God gives us each talents and trials that is a part of who we are, we can either become bitter or content, but the success comes in accepting it and knowing how to help others with their trials.

Why I am a Mormon

 This is a hard question for me to answer. I was born and raised in the church, and although I have stumbled and fallen a few times, I always come back to this religion. I have attended other churches but none have ever made me feel like I was spiritually home. So I often wonder and ask myself the question "Why aren't more people Mormon?' My testimony has come in increments. When I was younger, I felt that there was something wrong with me because I couldn't say I had a testimony of Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon and other doctrines of the church. The scriptures say "Line upon line, precept upon precept". That is how it has been for me. I developed a testimony of prayer, then I developed a testimony of tithing, then it was a testimony of Joseph Smith, and then the Book of Mormon. I read the Book of Mormon and kept asking myself how anyone could not believe the book. The book is wonderful and I could never doubt or question whether it was true or not. I believe another reason why I am a Mormon is because Satan works so hard on me at times. He knows my weaknesses and any of them could lead me away from the church. I am a Mormon because in my heart I know it's the true way. 

How I live my faith

 I work on an activities committee, and also help to enter reports into the clerks computer once a month.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

debi
No, we do not. We give him respect as a prophet of God. But he himself spoke of God, praised God and did what God wanted him to do, and tried to get others to do the same. Everything he did led people to God. I cannot even begin to fathom how hard his life was for himself and his family but he stayed true to himself and God. He was never compensated for his role as Prophet and in the end gave his life. He said that he could not deny any of it because he knew it to be true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

debi
I believe it is the example of the members, we as members feel much joy from having the Gospel in our lives that it draws others to want to know more. I am a shy person but the Gospel has helped me realize my own self worth and to become more outgoing. I love how no matter where you go in the world, you will always have a family in the church. Our love for the Savior and our Heavenly Father, gives us the desire to want to reach out to others. Show more Show less