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Hi I'm Debbie

I am a volunteer ESL tutor ,caregiver and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Wife,Mother of 4 grown children, Grandmother of 5 grandchildren, and caregiver to my 91 year old friend and my disabled husband. I serve as a cub scout leader and compassionate service assistant. I love to garden I especially love growing different and unusual types of tomatoes I make cards,once in awhile I get to do a acrylic painting. I love birds and wildlife which goes along with my love of walking and hiking. I press flowers to make into cards so I love to grow flowers that press well. If you open a book in my house you are likely to find a pressed flower. I love to cook it is kind of like breathing in and breathing out to me. My elderly friends enjoy receiving food that they no longer have the strength to make but remember how good it taste. So I cook memories for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I had visited many churches and met many lovely kind people through out my teen years. But always felt there was more to the story. My friend invited me to a open house at a LDS church. I remember how excited I was when I received a Book of Mormon but when I arrived home my Mother promptly threw it in the trash. After she left for work that night I retrieved my Book Of Mormon and brushed the macaroni and coffee grounds off of it. And my journey of truth started. Never before had I read something that rang so true. Later that summer I was to be baptized but one night while riding my bike across a freeway I was struck by a car. A state trooper and a Doctor saw the accident and rushed to help. The doctor said to the state trooper that I must have massive injuries. All that I remember were two things People can bounce and I want to be baptized. At the hospital Doctors were amazed that I only had a concussion and torn muscles no broken bones. They redid x-rays just to make sure. I received a priesthood blessing and was able to limp into the waters of baptism a week later than I had planned. I knew I could not turn back once I had found this truth. the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. What a difference it has made in my life. What a joy. My Mother ,who had thrown the book in the trash ,in the years to come with pride would say "my daughter is a Mormon."

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to walk close enough to the savior to lean on his ample arm. Prayer ,reading the scriptures each day bring me peace and guidance. Attending church,paying tithing help me stay close to the Lord. But my great joy is when I can serve others and share what I have. For 32 years I have taught children and feel like I am the oldest kid in class. I teach a couple of Chinese ladies English. I will have to say I learn as much as they do as we share our cultures. I love serving the elderly ladies I know either as neighbors or friends at church. The elderly have so much to teach us. They have been through the history I can only read about. I have helped them make memory books and I love sharing jam made from my raspberry garden with them. I think I find the greatest joy in my faith when I can share what I have with others.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Debbie
My brothers are not members of my church they find it so interesting that we do not have paid clergy. We all get a chance at service. Boy do we learn too. I remember the first time I was asked to serve in primary teaching a group of 10 year old boys. I was only 18 years old. I learned so much about my self and about preparation and about what makes a 10 year old tick . When You get in a tight spot you pray for help and it comes, ideas come and lessons come. There have been times when I have been given something to do in the church and thought "why me I am a idiot when it comes to this thing they want me to do." I pray about it and even complain to the Lord about it and I get the answer "you are all I had to work with this go round so you do your best and the Lord will make up the rest. And he does. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Debbie
when I was being taught about the gospel I remember a missionary explaining to me about Joseph smith. I knew this was true. More true than anything I had ever heard. I prayed about it and received that knowledge that " this is true." I had a testimony. And as I would read the scriptures Book of Mormon and the Bible and the Doctrine of Covenants that testimony got stronger. I was glad it did for I had to answer a lot of questions from my family and friends. But that truth kept shining in my heart. A peaceful glow and sure knowledge. That testimony that knowledge has sustained me through the years. When there has been death of loved ones,illness,financial ruin. THIS IS THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST has stayed firm. That is how truth is. that is what a testimony is. Show more Show less