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Hi I'm DeAnna

I'm a mom of 2. I have a Master's of Special Education. I started a photography business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from undergrad almost 8 years ago. Less than a year later, I went to Taiwan where I taught English for a year. I loved it there! I got to meet and work with so many wonderful people, some that I still keep in touch with after all of these years. Soon after coming back home, I met my soon-to-be husband. We almost immediately hit it off and started dating and before the year was through, we were engaged to be married. We were sealed in the temple. I went to grad school for a degree in Special Education while I was working as a teacher for students with Autism. I'm currently a stay-at-home mom with two wonderful children. And I recently started a photography business. Between my little business and my active kiddos, I stay pretty busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 10 years old, after meeting with the missionaries. My family started attending church (again) around that time. Soon after I was baptized, my family ceased coming to church on a regular basis, however, I decided, even at that young age, that I wanted to keep going to church. I continued going to church each Sunday. My family would come on rare occasions. Even though I wanted my family to come to church and even though it was sometimes hard to be the only one going, I knew that it was wear I needed to be. I had received a witness that church is where I should be each Sunday. Not only that, I felt safe and comfortable there. I felt the spirit while within the walls of the church. I loved learning more and more about my Savior and Heavenly Father and what Heavenly Father's plan is for me. Now that I am a wife and mother, I continue to go to church with my family each Sunday. We enjoy the opportunities we have to serve each week. Sunday is a day of uplifting and edifying worship, something that I look forward to. It helps to uplift me throughout the week. There have been times that I have had questions about certain principles or practices, but I always come out feeling at peace with those things and at peace with myself in the end. I am grateful that I know that I can receive revelation and understanding for myself and that I am encouraged to do so. I know that my Savior lives and that He loves me. I know that He died on the cross for me, so that I would have the opportunity to return to my Heavenly Father, yet He lives today. I know that Heavenly Father is aware of me, my fears, my joys, my problems and my successes. He knows me and I find great comfort in that. I know that He hears and answers my prayers. I have felt His hand in my life over and over and over again, and I know that I will continue to feel Him in my life. He is not a distant God, but one that is near, if only we recognize His presence.

How I live my faith

I am an active member in my congregation at church. We recently moved to a new area, but it didn't take long for me to get a calling in the nursery program, where I get to work with toddlers from 18 months until 3. At first, I thought it was going to be challenging teaching them about the gospel and about Heavenly Father and Jesus. After all, these dear children are barely able to express themselves. However, after prayerful study, my first lesson went great. The children participated and sat and listened. I learned that even the smallest child can feel and recognize the spirit. I also learned that sometimes when it seems children aren't listening- they are. I love that I get to work with these precious children, for they are most precious unto our Lord and Savior. It's an honor.