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Hi I'm Danielle

I grew up in the midwest. I now live in Alaska where summers are awesome, and winters are long. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the midwest but came to Alaska in my early 20's and have only left to other places for short times. I raised a wonderful daughter for 15 yrs as a single mom, at which time I married my wonderful husband. We share a son. I am a convert to the church. My daughter and I took the lessons from the most amazing missionaries and were both baptized in 2001. I love hiking, biking, working out, reading, crotcheting, being a mom. I love road trips! I love music and dancing. I love blogging, and taking scenic photographs. I love cooking, though have recently become Vegan and eat mostly raw so don't do much cooking (at least for myself) anymore. I love traveling, though don't do as much as I wish I could. I love camping, and campfires. This year I am doing a garden for the first time, and still deciding on that one. Did I mention I love being a mom?! It's true. I love it. I currently am a SAHM and I homeschool my son. Something I didn't have the chance to do with my daughter. Gonna make EVERY moment COUNT!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, hmmmm, fair question. Is it because some wonderful missionaries knocked on my door and I couldn't resist their message? No. It was a process for me. A seed was planted several times over the years, with knocks on the door, and attempts to share the message with me. I also had several attempts at other churchs which left me empty and still wondering what else was out there? What was I missing? Then I had a friend who talked to me often about the Church, about the Prophets, about faith, and God, and other things. He encouraged me to keep an open mind and I did. I came to see what I might be missing. I decided to invite the Missionaries into my home and was so receptive to the message, and I felt so sure I had finally found what I had been looking for. I am a Mormon because I had faith for so long, because I have a testimony that Christ lives, I know God loves me, and I understand now the real and humble reason for the Atonement. I don't have all the answers yet, but I have faith that they will be answered when the time is right. I have faith that I can and will be with my family for Eternity. I love that thought. I love knowing that by making the right choices now, I can return to my Heavenly Father and also be with my family again. I believe in and support the way the Church functions, it's emphasis on SERVICE, and Family. How much more simple could it really be? Not much. Especially now,

How I live my faith

I live my Faith in many ways. First of all I attend church each Sunday and fellowship with my friends. I love to have the missionaries over to dinner as often as possible. Having their Spirit in my home and listening to them talk about their lives, families, and testimonies is encouraging. I also live my faith by moving forward each and every day. Some days are harder than others, but I find that if I just put one foot in front of the other and focus on others it is easier. In 2010 I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and am currently in the fight for my life. My Faith is carrying me through along with the Faith of my friends and family. This trial in my life has given me opportunities to share the Gospel with family, to be an example of Faith and strength, and to practice humility and service. Like I mentioned, serving others is humbling, and gives me strength as it draws my mind off myself and allows me to focus on others needs. When I visit with my sisters in the Church I feel so normal and forget about myself for that time while I share a message with them, and listen to them talk. My Faith keeps me grounded daily. It helps me remember what's important in this life. My husband, my children, extended family, staying active, eating healthy, the Gospel. I am grateful every day for the knowledge that Jesus Christ is my Savior and to be able to move forward!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission is not required however, if one is "inspired" they will want to serve a mission. Young men can serve once they turn 19 and young women at 21. Married couples can serve senior missions when all their own children are grown and they are retired. No one is forced or required to serve, it is an individual choice. Missionaries fund their own missions and make no money while on their mission. They are serving the Lord during this time. Many young men are encouraged by their families to serve a mission, they are raised with a mission in mind, but may change their mind as they grow up. Personally, I encourage my young son to want to serve a mission when he turns 19. Whether or not he does will depend on him. Show more Show less