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Hi I'm Deon

I'm a mom of two college kids - one has Aspergers and the other's getting married soon. I'm learning to quilt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother, former elementary school teacher, owner of a small business (teeny, really), a beginning quilter, square-foot gardener, and a woman just trying to learn from life's lessons. My son will be marrying the love of his life very soon, and I plan to be the best mother in law there is. He is a blessing in my life. My daughter is in college, lives at home, and has Asperger's disorder. Helping her navigate through life is a challenge every day, and yet her growth every day is an important milestone. She is so brilliant! We have had many difficult bumps along with way dealing with these challenges, but our Heavenly Father has blessed us to make it through. I have faith that she will find her way and continue to find the beauty in her "aspieness" and will continue to embrace the gifts that this truly can be in her life. I've been married to the same man for 27 years. I love being married to him and I am so happy to know that I can be with him through eternity. We have our disagreements and many compromises, but we get through each day with love, humor, and spirituality.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. My ancestors were with Joseph Smith in the very beginnings of the church. They sacrificed their lives and fortunes for what they believed to be true. That sacrifice has impacted me my whole life. I feel that I honor them as I continuously work to seek the truth, and to strengthen my beliefs. I became truly converted to this church when I was 16. I remember very clearly taking the challenge from a teacher to read the Book of Mormon, and to pray about its truthfulness. I felt the warm hug of the Holy Ghost wrapping me up and telling my heart and mind that it was indeed true. I have felt that confirmation over and over in my lifetime as I strive to live what I know to be true. I cannot imagine my life without this church, and my knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have walked through many challenges in our family's lives and I've had days where I wondered if I could walk another step. The Atonement of Jesus Christ became very real to me during one of these trials. I know that He carries my burdens for me if I let him - He atoned for my sorrows as well as for my sins. As I gave those burdens to Him, and took his "yoke" upon me, I could continue to walk and get to the other side of the trial. This helps me every day. He is real, and He loved me enough to sacrifice for me.

How I live my faith

I am the president over a large group of our church's women, which encompasses 7 congregations in my area. I oversee service projects, women's conferences, various other activities and leadership training. I am blessed to visit and work with righteous and strong women of ALL walks of life who love Heavenly Father, who are dedicated to their husbands, children, sisters, and parents. All of these sisters are in different life situations, and are at different stages of their faith and their church experience. The diversity blesses each of us, and we learn from each other's challenges and discoveries.