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Hi I'm Deleen

I grew up in Southwest Missouri in the Ozarks. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my spare time, I enjoy learning. I feel like life is full of exciting things to fully explore. I try to fit in college classes with my full time mothering of three boys (with another boy on the way). I find that raising and teaching my children gives me a renewed vigor for life and a perspective as I expand my own education. My boys seem as thirsty to learn as I am and it's a highlight of my day when they come home from school with questions.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the things I enjoy studying is various world religions. I have great respect for those that spend time studying and living their beliefs. I discovered many beautiful and uplifting doctrines and practices of other faiths in my study and I became convinced that there was so much that was right with so many of them, that there may not be a single road to wisdom. I enjoyed LDS teachings and I wanted my children to grow up understanding it and living morally upstanding lives, as I felt that would lead them to the happiest adulthood. I wanted my children to grow up with strong bodies and strong character so that they could have as many choices as possible. But I felt like a hypocrite to express to them exclusivity in my beliefs. I fasted and prayed for many months as I tried to live every virtue I comprehended and it felt like a spiritual struggle that would drain me. But the religion I was raised in seemed as fanciful as any other religion I'd seen. I attended a church meeting, despairing of my spiritual condition when a song created from a verse in Isaiah about God's loving care for all his creations, down to the lilies touched my heart. I was blessed with a strong witness that a loving God knew my struggle and was leading me along to the peace I was seeking. It was several more weeks until, at another meeting where the tender mercies of Christ and the Atonement were discussed that I received a powerful witness of the truthfulness of the gospel. To my mind came a flood of understanding about a kind and generous God who loves all His children and provides all with opportunities for the same blessings. I knew that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His authority were in the LDS church. There is nothing like knowing that the gospel is true. My life was changed with a burning feeling in my heart that I want to continue to feel every day of my life. There is a plan and it's a marvelous one. It's not fanciful if it's true.

How I live my faith

I currently serve pre-teen youth girls in an organization called Activity Days. We discuss life skills and develop friendships. I recently attended an event that the girls really enjoyed where we made educational materials for children in India. I also visit with three women in my congregation on a monthly basis. These visits help me develop loving relationships with people I may have been reluctant to know, otherwise. I volunteer at my children's school. I've worked in the cub scout organization and I've worked with the adult women's organization in our church. One of my favorite service opportunities was teaching children under three years old. Membership in the church has provided me with many opportunities to love and serve in a variety of ways.