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Hi I'm Deborah

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Last summer, online craft shop owners were challenged to write six-word descriptions of themselves for their profiles. What an fun way to introduce myself! Cycling Snowflake Designer Craves Vibrant Color That's me in a nutshell. Outside the nutshell, I'm a wife and adoptive mom getting dangerously close to becoming a senior citizen. I spent 14 years as a journalist and photographer before morphing into a career that allows me to enjoy evenings and weekends with my husband. Because newspaper ink still flows through my veins, I maintain a blog for fun. I enjoy needlecraft, writing, photography, baking, gardening and genealogy. My husband and I spend quite a bit of our free time on our bikes (road and mountain) and backpacking in the mountains or hiking in canyons. In winter, we love cross-country skiing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a Mormon family but my family did not actively participate in church or church activities, although I did attend seminary (EARLY morning scripture study for teenagers) two years and loved it. I began attending church regularly in my early 20s and have been actively participating for nearly 30 years now. I know life without the gospel and with the gospel, and I can't imagine trying to navigate this complicated world without the knowledge my Savior lives.

How I live my faith

I've spent a great deal of my church life helping in the nursery and teaching three-year-olds. My favorite responsibility in church, however, has drawn upon my journalism background. I love volunteering for interfaith events, particularly when the Pope came to Colorado for World Youth Day. I've also volunteered in soup kitchens and quilting bees for veterans, foster children, cancer patients and victims of natural disasters. Outside of church, I participate in many charitable events and annually raise money for charitable organizations.

What is being a Mormon like?

I don't always fit into the "Mormon" stereotype, but I don't really fit into any other category, either. I was unable to have children, so I adopted. My husband is not of my faith. And I spend some summer Sundays participating in cycling events. However, I love and cherish my family, even though it is not traditional. My husband is my best friend, and he has complete respect for my faith and my religious needs. I also leave before dawn when I ride on Sundays so I can finish, get cleaned up and get to church on time. All my friends are respectful of my faith, too. They know I don't drink, and they know I don't watch R-rated movies. Yet we are able to enjoy each other's company immensely. Show more Show less