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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Iowa. I am a wife, mother and a nurse. I enjoy organizing events.

About Me

 I am a convert to the church of 40 years. We joined the church in New Jersey 1971. I have been married for 43 years and am the mother of 6 children and grandmother of 16 grands-and they are grand! I was a stay at home mom for 31 years and then went back to school and finished my Nursing Degree. I loved being home with my children and spent those years involving myself with community and school activities and tried to help them successfully launch their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

 I had been praying for answers for how to achieve a happy marriage. The missionaries knocked on our door and we invited them into our home. The first discussion we had, spoke of the original organization of the Lord's church when he lived on the earth. This included a prophet, apostles, seventies, evangelists,etc. The question that night was, "Did I believe in prophets? And if so, did I think there could still be prophets on the earth today?" I responded yes to both questions. They spoke of an apostasy and a promised restoration of His church and the need for the proper authority to administer Heavenly Father's work on the earth. I was not schooled in scripture, but as I listened to the words of the missionaries, I could feel the truth of their words, as the Holy Ghost bore witness that what they were telling me was true. As the years have gone by, I have read the scriptures, prayed to know there meaning and incorporated the teachings into my life and taught my children. I found the answers I was seeking to strengthen my marriage. We have worked hard to overcome the world and take our problems to the Lord. Temples have been placed on the earth to make it possible for families to live together forever, continuing to grow and love one another. We were sealed together as husband and wife in 1973 and our 18 month old daughter was present that day. She knelt with us at the altar and placed her tiny hand on ours and we were given the promise that if we all lived worthily we could all be together after this existence. Truth cannot be denied and the blessings that have come to us through living the gospel cannot be denied. I know that Jesus Christ lives and watches over us each and every day. I know that he established his church again upon the earth, that we might know Him and enjoy the blessings of the gospel plan. I have read the Book of Mormon and know it to be the word of God and that it is a second witness along side the Bible of Christ's existence. God has called and placed a prophet on the earth, Pres. Thomas Monson. There are apostles, evangelists, seventies, bishops, teachers and priests called and ordained with authority upon the earth today. I found what I was seeking and know peace within my heart. 

How I live my faith

 Since becoming a member of the church, I have served in many capacities including teaching young children, teens and adults the gospel principles. My husband and I have been involved in teaching and helping those who are learning about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a program called Visiting Teaching, which gives us the opportunity to serve other women in our church area. We visit once a month and give a gospel lesson and visit with her concerning her family. We try to help where we can and be a friend she can call on anytime for assistance. I enjoy this responsibility for we all need love and acknowledgment. It gives me an opportunity to make new friends and learn more about her when in her surroundings. I am currently organizing a Family History Conference for our community and am excited to talk with so many who are interested in their families and how to find out more about them. I have found the importance of learning about ones background and who my ancestors were. It has given me more self-confidence knowing about those who came before me. Wherever I am called to serve helps me to grow as a daughter of God and reach a higher potential than I thought I was capable. 

What is the Law of Chastity?

Debbie
The Law of chastity is living a clean life. It involves keeping yourself morally clean. It means not having sexual relations outside of marriage. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Debbie
You can learn about the Mormon Church by going online to mormon.org, lds.org, or look in the phone book under the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and find a phone number for the missionaries and call them. If you have a friend who is a mormon, ask them about the things you want to know. If you know where one of our chapels is, go there on Sunday and you will be received in a wonderful way. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Debbie
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a great prophet and are grateful to him for his faith and endurance as he and many others struggled to bring forth the restored gospel to the earth. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Debbie
Yes, the good news is that a husband and wife can be together forever. We believe that we came from a family before we were born. Heavenly Father was the Father of our Spirit and that we have a mother in heaven as well. Out families on earth are fashioned after that family. Heavenly Father wants us to be happy on earth. He wants us to find joy in loving others. He has commanded us to multiply and replenish the earth and teach out children of Christ's love for us and his desire that we all will live with him eternally as families. He has provided a way for us to be sealed as families in His Holy Temples, that we may live together forever.  Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Debbie
We are a church of service. Each missionary that serves pays for his or her own mission. The church determined the average cost of a mission and each missionary pays the same amount each month that they serve. Aside from this monthly expense, they provide for their clothing, medical, dental expenses. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Debbie
Yes, we are Christians. Christians are defined as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The name of our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We know that Jesus Christ stands at the head of our church and through revelation guides His church through a living prophet.   Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Debbie
 They are searching for those who want to hear Christ's voice and enter into his kingdom from whence they came before they were born. They are teaching Jesus Christ's words and gospel plan so that we all might partake of of the richness of Heavenly Father's blessings while on this earth. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Debbie
It is the most wonderful experience I have ever had. You realize that you are truly a child of God and that the eternities are open to you to grow, and to be loved. Family is the most important unit in which we live and there is continuous instruction on how to better members of the family unit. We are like a large family. We study, socialize and worship and serve together. As a woman, I am treated with respect and stand shoulder to shoulder with my husband in decisions that are made within the home and also with Priesthood holders in church activities. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Debbie
Besides teaching the gospel, the church has several programs in place to aid people throughout the world. There is Humanitarian Aid, which helps people with with temporal needs. We have a welfare program that stores supplies that aid those that need emergency assistance during loss of jobs, devastating events, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods or other major disasters. The Perpetual Education Fund helps returned missionaries in third world countries obtain funds to further their education. When finished and working they replace the funds to help another. Older couples, who have raised their families, serve missions around the world. They use life skills to help people improve their living conditions, such as, farming and productivity, health improvements, language skills, advanced technology, searching out their families in Family History Librairies. We are all children of our Heavenly Father and by serving we hope to give others hope and a feeling of how important they are in God's plan. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Debbie
The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible in that it is the record of families that left Jerusalem and crossed the seas to settle in the Americas. It is the record of families that believed in the coming of Christ. They believed in prophecy and followed the Spirit of Revelation, Visions and Dreams to save a remnant of those who believed in Christ and His coming. It is also a record of Christ's appearance to those people in the Americas, after his crucifixion. It is a second witness of Christ's mission on the earth. It witnesses of the Atonement and that we all are His children and can return to Him at the end of our lives on earth. Joseph Smith received the "golden Plates", by the hands of an angel named Moroni, who had buried them many years before when he lived upon the earth. He was commissioned by the Lord and Savior to teach and prepare Joseph, for several years, concerning the mission of Christ and the history of prophets that had come before him. The scriptures record many instances of young men being chosen, taught and called of the Lord to bring forth the will of the Lord. Joseph was chosen to recover this sacred record and translate the words of "other sheep that are not of this fold", John 1016, that we might have another witness of Christ's life.  Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Debbie
Missionaries will share with you the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ . They will try to answer your questions and will become your friends. Show more Show less