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Hi I'm Donna

I live in Minnesota and love being outdoors. There is just so much to explore in this state! I have 2 children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am committed to my career in education and have always been passionate about understanding and improving the way kids learn. I believe there is no better way to change the world for the better than to teach a child. My experience with children with disabilities has taught me to never underestimate the strength of the human will. It has been a great source of inspiration the see children rise to challenges and overcome obstacles, especially children who have been born with some pretty significant disabilities. I am thankful to have found a career I can feel passionate about, but I think my greatest source of pride is my children. I am so grateful for the strong characters they have developed, their kind and gentle spirits, and the loving relationship they have with me. I am happy to be both a mother and a friend!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to faithful Lutheran parents and grew up attending a Lutheran church with my family. It was always a source of confusion to me that there were so many different types of faiths. There are even different types of Lutherans! I questioned, "If thee is only one true faith, how are we to know which one it is? I explored several different faiths, and for a long time, I didn't follow any religion. They all seemed a little bit right and a little bit wrong. Then I met some really amazing Missionaries. They were two incredibly brave young men, who patiently listened to all of my questions and did their best to answer every one. They were patient and persistent, and I could see that they weren't pretending to believe; they really had faith. They ultimately told me that I should pray and ask God if this were true. I didn't do it right away, but when I did--when I sincerely asked the Lord what He would have me do with my life and if this were His true church, He answered me! I can't tell you what am amazing thing it is to know that your Heavenly Father knows you, loves you, and really does answer prayers!

How I live my faith

I have been a Latter Day Saint for almost 2 years now, and I still feel pretty overwhelmed with how much there is to learn and how much work there is to be done. This is not a church where you can sit back and let other people do the work. We truly ARE the church. I help teach the young children (ages 3 - 11) in "Primary," which is called Sunday School in other churches. We have lessons with a large group, and these often involve getting the children actively engages in the learning by role playing, reading, game playing, or some other activity. We teach simple songs that children can memorize and then they go to their classrooms where they can learn in smaller groups. The children develop strong bonds with each other. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and develop their faith. I listened to one young girl sharing a story about her faith. The girl was only 5 years old, and she was brave enough to speak in front of the whole church. She said that her cat had been lost, and she was so worried that the cat was hurt. She was looking everywhere for the cat and started to worry that maybe he had gotten out and had been run over by a car. She started to cry, but then she remembered she could pray when she needed help. So she prayed, and God answered her prayer. She found the cat, sleeping in the corner of a closet. The simple faith of a child is a beautiful thing. I think this is what Christ meant when he said, "Have faith like a little child." It's not enough to just live your faith on Sundays; I believe that if you truly have faith, you carry it with you everywhere. I try to be a good example of kindness, generosity and forgiveness. It's not easy, and I'm far from perfect. But I try to get a little better each day.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, serving a mission is not required, but all members, both young men and young women, are encouraged to consider one. Serving on a mission is a big commitment and if someone were serving unwillingly, it just wouldn't work. When missionaries are able to let the Holy Spirit work through them, miracles can happen. One did for me. Show more Show less