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Hi I'm Deena

I love to teach. I love to serve. I love to make music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a daughter, a wife, a mom, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a BYU Cougar fan, a home school mom and a piano teacher. One of my life's amazing opportunities is being sister to ten siblings and an aunt to dozens of nieces and nephews. Learning together with my children is wonderful. I enjoy deep conversations, clean romantic comedies, interesting books, and well-written detective shows. A few of my favorite things include rainy days, holidays, walking, children's books, friends and delicious homemade food. Finding the perfect gift for someone I love and watching the person unwrap it delights me. Currently, one of my hobbies is driving good kids (my children and their friends) to good activities! I enjoy music, art, history, and dance. Serving, helping, organizing, and teaching make me happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because I believe it is all true!! I was raised in a large, happy, loving Mormon family. My parents were devoted to our family and to God. The principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ were taught and lived within our home. My parents' example and love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is evident in their lives. They served in our family, in our church, in our schools, and in our community. Their example of selflessness, devotion and hard work permeated our home. At a young age, I pondered the principles I was being taught in my home and at church. I prayed specifically about key concepts of the Mormon faith and came to feel for myself that they were truth. Such peaceful, wonderful feelings. I was happily involved in a church which provided guidance and security in my childhood, teenage, and young adult years. Countless opportunities to develop my talents and acquire leadership skills were provided. The emphasis on education, learning, service, and integrity all shaped my life. Why am I a Mormon? I believe that the tenets taught in the Church today are those very principles that the Savior taught during His ministry here are the earth. I have had such rich spiritual experiences as a member of this Church. I have developed a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven through prayer, scripture study and service. I believe that there is truth contained within the precepts taught. I believe it's all true! I believe that God wants us to know about Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. I believe that He wants us to feel joy and peace, even in the most difficult circumstances. I believe that He desires to communicate with us through prophets, scriptures, and prayer. I believe that our Father in Heaven has a plan for each of us. I believe that central part of that plan is the salvation and repentance provided through his Son, Jesus Christ. And, beyond that, it just makes sense! I believe it! That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There is a church song that the children learn entitled "I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus" which states "I'm trying to be like Jesus. I'm following in His ways. I'm trying to love as He did in all that I do and say." I know that I am not like Jesus, but I am trying to be like Him. I believe that the most important work on this earth is to serve my family and those around me in a Christlike way. I believe that during His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ served, healed, loved, and taught in a profound way. He was interested in each person. He went about doing good. My desire in striving to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to follow His example. I believe that He wants us to be organized within a Church to serve each other and to serve humanity throughout the world. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been given countless opportunities to serve others in various ways. I have had opportunities to direct choirs, sing in choirs and small ensembles. I have served on committees and in leadership roles. I have had many opportunities to teach. I have taught in the children's organization, the young women's organization, the women's organization as well as Sunday school. I feel that my talents have been utilized and more fully developed. Currently, I am serving as a teacher to eleven- and twelve-year old young women. I thoroughly enjoy this opportunity. I love "my girls". I strive to show how much I care about them and their well-being. I prepare my lessons with them in mind. I want them to feel my love for them as well as the Savior's love as I teach them the truths found in the Bible. I have been able to volunteer and organize service projects. I want to share my light with others and help and serve in my neighborhood, my children's schools and my community.